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Support Groups

Experiencing emotional trials from the diagnosis of cancer is normal, but that doesn’t make it easy. Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU believes that support groups are an important part of cancer care. Support groups provide those diagnosed with cancer a place to learn information about their cancer; a place to share feelings, experiences and concerns with others who have the same cancer diagnosis; and a place which gives emotional and spiritual nourishment. Support Groups connect people facing similar challenges. Days, times, and frequencies of meetings vary.

Located at Simmons Cancer Institute

Side-by-Side Place of Wellness
3rd Floor, Room 3015
315 W. Carpenter Street.
Springfield, IL 62794

  • Head & Neck Cancer, a patient-directed self-help organization that was founded in 1991 by an oral cancer survivor. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers.
    4th Fridays at 1 pm, Room 3015
    Contact: Dana McDonald at 217-788-3300

  • Women Around You (WAY), a support group for female cancer patients of all ages
    4th Wednesdays at 5 pm, Room 3015  
    Contact: Michelle Gates, PhD at 217-545-7244

Located at Memorial Medical Center

  • Breast Cancer
    2nd Tuesdays at 5 pm, Room E118
    (Does not meet in November & December)
    Contact: 217-757-7684

  • Prostate Cancer
    2nd Wednesdays at 5:15 pm, Room B149
           Monday-Friday - Rhoda Koshinski  at 217-788-3528
           Tuesday-Thursday - Celeste Wiley at 217-757-7684

Located at St. John's Hospital

  • Capital Ostomy
    1st Thursday of March, April, May, Sept, Oct, & Nov at 4:00pm, Lincoln Room (conference room at back of cafeteria)
    Contact: 217-544-6464, ext. 44039


  • Montgomery County Breast Cancer Support Group
    Contact: Alicia Grosenheider at 217-324-3171

  • Teal Time - An Ovarian Cancer Survivor Group
    Contact: or

If you have a support group in your community that you would like us to share, please call 217.545.7493.