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
2nd Tuesdays at 5 pm, Room E118
(Does not meet in November & December)
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