New Cancer Support Group for Spouses, Caregivers Set at SCI


August 4, 2014

New Cancer Support Group for Spouses, Caregivers Set at SCI

“Coffee With Caregivers” is a new support group at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The group allows caregivers whose loved ones have cancer to share their experiences, discuss their thoughts and get together with people who are going through the same journey with a spouse or close relative, said Kristi Lessen, outreach coordinator for SCI.

The group meets at 9 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at SCI, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield. Dates for the rest of 2014 are August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.

“We want this group to provide an opportunity for spouses and caregivers to talk with other individuals who are caring for a loved one who is fighting cancer. This is a very casual, informal get together. It’s a quiet time for people to talk and share,” Lessen said.

Call 217-545-0798 for additional information.

According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, studies show that connecting with other people is very important for most caregivers. It’s especially helpful when the caregiver is feeling overwhelmed. This and other online resources are available at

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU ( is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Lauren Murphy,
SIU, 217-545-2819

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837


Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.


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