VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Throughout this uncertain and scary time, we are still a community, even if we can’t be physically present. And as always, the CSC is committed to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. That’s why we’re offering virtual programs in real time every day, Monday through Friday, to keep our community connected.

 

We hope that you will explore some of our free virtual programs, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call if we can help support you. You can reach Program Coordinator Taylor Leathead, LLMSW at 734-489-9653.

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. We’re looking forward to your (virtual) company!

VIRTUAL 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 Leathead, LLMSW, Program Coordinator: 734-489-9653

WEEKLY GROUPS

WEEKLY LIVING WITH CANCER GROUPS 

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
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

WEEKLY FAMILY AND FRIENDS GROUPS

For loved ones of those diagnosed with cancer. Two different groups meet weekly:
Mondays, 6 – 8 pm
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

BI-WEEKLY AND MONTHLY GROUPS

AFRICAN AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP

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

BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 

For patients and survivors.

Monthly, Third Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

NEW: BRAIN TUMOR SUPPORT GROUP

For brain tumor patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Monthly, Second Thursday  7-8:30 p.m.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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

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

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 

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

HEREDITARY COLORECTAL CANCER PEER GROUP

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

LIFE BEYOND CANCER SURVIVORSHIP GROUP 

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

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – BRIGHTON

For patients and survivors. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Brighton.
Monthly, Third Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CANTON 

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Canton.
Monthly, First Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CHELSEA

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Chelsea.
Monthly, First Thursday 11 am – 12:30 pm

LIVING WITH LOSS

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

 

Monthly, Second Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 

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

METASTATIC CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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

PRIDE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (LGBTQ+)

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

For patients, survivors, and partners.

Monthly, First Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

YOUNG ADULT CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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 Leathead, LLMSW, Program Coordinator: 734-489-9653

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.

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: Tuesdays, January 25 through February 22 from 6-8 pm on Zoom

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

COUNSELING 

The Cancer Support Community and St. Joseph Mercy Health System are pleased to partner to offer free counseling services to all St. Joe’s Cancer Center patients and families.

 

Services offered by Oncology Counselor Lindsay Passmore, LMSW, MAT, include adjustment to illness counseling, depression and anxiety screening, guided imagery to reduce anxiety during difficult and painful procedures, and more. Counseling sessions with Lindsay 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.

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

During this uncertain and isolating time, our new 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.

FAMILY PLANNING DURING AND AFTER CANCER

Panel Discussion presented by the Michigan Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

Starting a family can be a complicated and emotional journey, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Join us for a free educational workshop exploring how treatment may impact fertility for pediatric & young adult cancer patients and survivors, preservation options prior to treatment, fertility options after cancer treatment, as well as a look at the process of adoption. We will also discuss the psychosocial implications of family planning, including communication with partners and more. All patients, survivors, loved ones, and healthcare professionals are welcome.

Wednesday, February 2, 6-7:30 pm

MANAGING NEUROPATHY

Sean Smith, MD, Michigan Medicine

Peripheral neuropathy is a challenging side-effect for many people both during and after cancer treatment. Dr. Sean Smith, Director of Cancer Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine, will discuss the science of neuropathy and its causes, as well as strategies for coping with it.

Wednesday, February 23, 6-7:30 pm

NEW DISCOVERIES IN LUNG CANCER

Gregory Kalemkerian, MD, Michigan Medicine

Join us for a workshop with Dr. Greg Kalemkerian, Director of Thoracic Cancer Research at Michigan Medicine, exploring the science of lung cancer. After a look at diagnosis and staging, we will explore the rapidly-evolving world of lung cancer treatment, current standards of care, and new discoveries, including brand new treatment options on the horizon.

Monday, March 14, 6-7:30 pm

COPING WITH “CHEMO BRAIN”

Nicolette Gabel, Ph.D., Michigan Medicine

“Chemo brain” is a catch-all term to describe the changes in thinking, memory, and mood that commonly affect cancer patients and survivors. Join us for a workshop with cancer rehab neuropsychologist Dr. Gabel, who will discuss the causes of “chemo brain” and strategies to manage it, with time for discussion and questions.

Monday, March 21, 6-7:30 pm

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.

COOKING FOR WELLNESS

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

VIRTUAL GENTLE YOGA – MORNING

Engaging in gentle exercise can help boost immune function, reduce stress, and keep your body strong.
Mondays and Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm

VIRTUAL GENTLE YOGA – EVENING

Engaging in gentle exercise can help boost immune function, reduce stress, and keep your body strong.
Tuesdays 6 – 7 pm

VIRTUAL GUIDED MEDITATION

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

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 ensure that you stay connected with others throughout this time of social distancing.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION

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

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.

New Time: Wednesdays  3-4:30 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.

KID KICKING CANCER 

Kids impacted by cancer are invited to join us for this virtual version of our popular kids’ martial arts class. Our partners at Kids Kicking Cancer guide children through upper body exercises, deep breathing, and meditation to help manage difficult emotions like anxiety and anger. Register here and we’ll send you everything you need to get started!
Thursdays 4:30 – 5 pm

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.