CURRENT PROGRAMS

The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor offers free virtual programs via Zoom and hybrid programs.  Hybrid programs include the option to join either in-person or via Zoom. We hope that you will explore some of our free programs, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call if we can help support you. You can reach Program Director Taylor Fischman, LLMSW, at 734-975-2500.

 

IN-PERSON PROGRAM PROCEDURES

– Vaccinations are required for all eligible members, staff, and visitors to attend in-person programs
– Masks are required for all in-person, indoor programs
– All members, staff, and visitors are required to pass a standard screening upon entrance to the facility
– Programs are staggered to limit exposure
– An upgraded ventilation system has been installed to increase airflow

NEW HERE? BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Never been to the CSC before? No problem! New members are very welcome anytime. Click the link below to get started and a member of our clinical staff will be in touch with you soon.

CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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VIDEO CONFERENCE SUPPORT GROUPS

Professionally-facilitated support groups are available for patients, survivors, and loved ones. Wondering which group might be the right fit for you? Call our program staff:

– Taylor Fischman, LLMSW, Program Director: 734-975-2500

WEEKLY GROUPS

WEEKLY LIVING WITH CANCER GROUPS – HYBRID 

For patients and survivors in active treatment or up to about a year post-treatment. Two different groups meet weekly:
Mondays 11 am – 1 pm

Tuesday 11 am – 1 pm
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

WEEKLY FAMILY AND FRIENDS GROUP – HYBRID

For loved ones of those diagnosed with cancer.
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

BI-WEEKLY AND MONTHLY GROUPS

AFRICAN AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP – VIRTUAL

For patients, survivors, and loved ones identifying as Black or African American.
Monthly, Second Thursday 6 – 8 pm

BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – VIRTUAL

For patients and survivors.

Monthly, Third Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP – VIRTUAL

For brain tumor patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Monthly, Second Thursday  6 – 7:30 pm

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – VIRTUAL

For patients and survivors.
Monthly, First Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

CREATIVITY FOR WELLNESS: ART-BASED SUPPORT GROUP WITH THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY – VIRTUAL

Exercising our creative selves can bring balance, pleasure, clarity and calm—nurturing overall well-being. Research has shown engaging in creativity can reduce tiredness, alleviate anxiety and elevate mood. Explore your creativity and connect with other patients, survivors, and caregivers in a supportive space, professionally-facilitated by board-certified art therapist Kathleen Buday, MEd, ATR-BC. No art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore and express. We hope you’ll join us!

Monthly, First Thursday, 11 am – 12:30 pm

HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – HYBRID

For patients, survivors, and loved ones.
Monthly, Third Thursday 5:30 – 7 pm

HEREDITARY COLORECTAL CANCER PEER GROUP – VIRTUAL

For survivors, pre-vivors, and loved ones. Peer-led.
Monthly, Third Thursday 6:30 – 8 pm

LIFE BEYOND CANCER SURVIVORSHIP GROUP – HYBRID

For survivors finished with primary treatment.
Monthly, First Monday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – BRIGHTON – VIRTUAL 

For patients and survivors. During regular program delivery, this group meets at Trinity Health Cancer Center – Brighton.
Monthly, Third Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CANTON – VIRTUAL

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets atTrinity Health Cancer Center – Canton.
Monthly, First Thursday 3 – 4:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CHELSEA – VIRTUAL

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets at Chelsea Hospital Cancer Center.
Monthly, First Thursday 11 am – 12:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – LIVONIA – HYBRID

For patients, survivors, and loved ones.
Monthly, Third Thursday, 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH LOSS – HYBRID

For all those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

 

Monthly, Second Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – VIRTUAL

For patients and survivors.
Monthly, Second Thursday 11 am – 12:30 pm

METASTATIC CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – VIRTUAL

For those living with metastatic cancer.
Bi-weekly, Second & Fourth Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm

PRIDE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (LGBTQ+) – HYBRID

For patients, survivors, and loved ones identifying as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, two-spirit, and all other sexual and gender minorities.
Monthly, Third Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm 

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – HYBRID

For patients, survivors, and partners.

Monthly, First Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

YOUNG ADULT CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – HYBRID

For patients and survivors ages 18-40ish.

Monthly, Fourth Monday 6 – 7:30 pm 

VIDEO CONFERENCE SUPPORT GROUPS

Professionally-facilitated support groups are available for patients, survivors, and loved ones. Wondering which group might be the right fit for you? Call our program staff:

– Taylor Fischman, LLMSW, Program Director: 734-975-2500

SERIES GROUPS

CANCER 101: SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS

If you were diagnosed with cancer in the last six months, join us for this six-week series welcoming to connect with others, gain support, and ease the adjustment to living with cancer. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

KID SUPPORT, TEEN TIME, AND PARENTING SUPPORT

This four-week series on Zoom brings together families impacted by cancer to share support. After starting all together, separate groups will break out for parents, kids, and teens. Age-appropriate activities using art and play help kids express their feelings, while parents and teens have their own spaces to talk with others who truly understand. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

FOCUS: FACING CANCER TOGETHER

Five-week series for couples and care partners focusing on communication and coping as a team. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

 

Next series, Thursdays, September 15th – October 20th, 6 – 8 pm

SURVIVORSHIP TRANSITIONS

Five-week series for survivors finished with primary treatment. Find your new normal, mind, body, and spirit in this program that combines emotional support, exercise coaching, and education. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

Next series, Mondays, September 19th – October 31st, 6 – 8 pm

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

COUNSELING 

The Cancer Support Community and St. Joseph Mercy Health System are proud partners in providing free counseling services to all St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s Cancer Center patients and families.

 

Services offered by our oncology counselors include adjustment to illness counseling, depression and anxiety screening, relaxation strategies to reduce anxiety during difficult and painful procedures, and more. Counseling sessions are offered free of charge; neither patients/loved ones or their insurance will be billed for this service.

 

If you are a St. Joe’s Cancer Center patient or loved one and are interested in scheduling an initial free counseling session, please call Lindsay Passmore at 734-712-2928.

 

If you are a St. Mary’s Cancer Center patient or loved one and are interested in scheduling an initial free counseling session, please call Saniyah Ahmed at 734-655-2627.

ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT

Our clinical social work staff is here to offer one-on-one emotional support over the phone or videoconference. Click the link below to request an appointment and we’ll be in touch soon to get you scheduled.

FRIENDLY CALLER PROGRAM

Our Friendly Caller Program is here to help our community stay connected. Sign up below to receive a weekly call from a staff member or trained volunteer to simply say hello, check-in, and chat for awhile. We could all use a little more connection right now, and we hope this program will help reduce feelings of isolation in our community.

LIVE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Join us on Zoom to hear from expert speakers on hot topics in oncology, offered live at least once a month.

STAYING ACTIVE WHILE STAYING INDOORS – VIRTUAL

Meghan Malley, PT, DPT, Recovery Project

It can be hard to stay active, especially during the chilly winter months here in Michigan! And if you’re avoiding crowds right now, it may be even tougher to get into a good exercise routine at home. This presentation with our friends from the Recovery Project will provide educational concrete strategies for maintaining physical activity and fitness during the winter months, including easy ways to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance while exercising from the comfort of home. We will also discuss the implications staying active while staying indoors has on other aspects of overall wellness, including our mental health.

Monday, December 5, 6 – 7:30 pm on Zoom

Visit cancersupportannarbor.org/ondemand to access our library of prerecorded educational workshops.

LIVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASSES

Professionally-instructed healthy lifestyle and stress management classes meet via Zoom. Those with all levels of ability and experience are welcome.

TAI CHI- HYBRID

Practicing Tai Chi can increase energy, improve balance, and promote relaxation.

Select Mondays, 10 -11 am

November Classes: 14, 21, and 28

GENTLE YOGA – HYBRID

Engaging in gentle exercise can help boost immune function, reduce stress, and keep your body strong.

Mondays and Fridays 11 am – 12 pm virtual only 

Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm hybrid 

PILATES WITH MOVE WELLNESS – VIRTUAL 

Strengthen your body and increase your range of motion in this popular low-impact workout.

Tuesdays 10 – 10:30 am 

GUIDED MEDITATION – VIRTUAL

Meditation has been shown to decrease anxiety, improve sleep, and help manage symptoms and side effects. Join us for a guided mindful meditation weekly.

Tuesdays, 1-2 pm

GENTLE YOGA – IN PERSON AT TRINITY HEALTH CANCER CENTER – LIVONIA HOSPITAL

Engaging in gentle exercise can help boost immune function, reduce stress, and keep your body strong. Located in classroom LIMI 1-2 at Trinity Health Cancer Center – Livonia Hospital at 36475 Five Mile Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48154.

Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm 

COOKING FOR WELLNESS – VIRTUAL 

Join registered oncology dietitian Linn Storch, MS, RD, for this monthly cooking and nutrition class! Virtual Cooking for Wellness will be much like the in-person class that many of our members know and love, featuring cooking instruction for 2-3 healthy recipes, plenty of time for questions, and a recipe packet shared via email at each class. Register once and you’ll get a reminder for each monthly session. We hope to see you there!
Monthly, Second Wednesday, 4 – 6 pm

ZUMBA GOLD – VIRTUAL

This gentle version of Zumba provides a fun workout set to music.

Thursdays: 10 – 11 am

Can’t make it to our live classes? Visit cancersupportannarbor.org/ondemand to access our library of prerecorded exercise and stress management classes.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Our online social programs are designed to help you stay connected with others. Whether in person, by phone, or on Zoom, staying connected with others is so important when cancer is a part of life.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION – VIRTUAL

This weekly video conference gathering is a chance to come together (virtually) with others, chat and see some friendly faces.
Fridays 10 – 11 am

COMMUNITY & CREATIVITY – VIRTUAL

Explore your creativity and connect with others in this weekly art class. Our instructor will lead a creative expression project using supplies you have at home; a pen and paper is enough! No art experience required.

Wednesdays  2-3:30 pm

HOLIDAY PARTY WITH GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING – IN-PERSON ONLY

Celebrate the holiday season with your friends from CSC for a night of gingerbread house decorating. Kits will be provided free of charge. Our partners from UpCancer will provide some fun ideas for decoration while we chat, enjoy each other’s company, and try to resist eating all the candy before it goes on our houses. We hope you’ll join us!

Wednesday, December 7, 6- 7 pm

SUPPORT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Professionally-instructed healthy lifestyle and stress management classes meet via Zoom, our HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform. Those with all levels of ability and experience are welcome.

KIDS SUPPORT, TEEN TIME & PARENTING SUPPORT 

This four-week series on Zoom brings together families impacted by cancer to share support. After starting all together, separate groups will break out for parents, kids, and teens. Age-appropriate activities using art and play help kids express their feelings, while parents and teens have their own spaces to talk with others who truly understand. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

A wide variety of recorded exercise, meditation, and educational programs are available to watch on-demand. Click the link below to explore dozens of options on your own time.

HOW TO JOIN LIVE PROGRAMS

Support groups, healthy lifestyle classes, social programs, and more are available in real-time using our HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform, Zoom. In order to help protect your privacy, registration is required for all live programs. Once you register, we’ll send you the information you need to log on. Click below for instructions to access Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you don’t have a device that can connect to Zoom, you are also welcome to call in from a telephone. We’ll send out phone numbers and access codes along with the Zoom meeting links. If you are having trouble joining a program, please call Erin at 734-489-1631 for immediate assistance.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND SAFETY

By participating in the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor’s virtual programs, you are agreeing to adhere to our policies regarding the confidentiality and safety of our members.