Support groups provide resources and emotional support to patients and families throughout their cancer journey. Research from the American Cancer Society shows multiple benefits of a support group, including an enhanced quality of life, reduced tension and anxiety, a greater tolerance of cancer treatments and more.
Art, Healing & Hope: Collaging Your Story
This six-week support group is offered to patients with any type of cancer. A light meal and all supplies needed for the project will be provided. This group is offered twice per year at Hope Cancer Resources. You must RSVP for this group.
Contact: Miki Biggers, LCSW, OSW-C at 479.361.5847
“Art, Healing & Hope is a unique support group in that we use art as an avenue for survivors to share their cancer stories. Survivors often leave the group not only with a new sense of how cancer affected them, but also with a new support system and a visual expression of their story; one which they can continue to reflect upon and also share with others.”
– Miki Biggers, LCSW, OSW-C
Blood Cancers Group
This supportive and educational group is for adult patients, caregivers, families and friends coping with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS or other blood cancers. This group meets the second Monday of every month from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hope Cancer Resources. Lunch will be provided by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
Contact: Julie Kientz, LSW at 479.361.5847
“I have noticed that patients diagnosed with blood cancer often have a lot of questions about the diagnosis itself and about treatment options. Since there are so many different types of blood cancers, they might not have met anyone with or even heard of the type of cancer they have. The unknown can be scary. Our blood cancer support group is a great way to get more information and support from other patients and caregivers who have been there. The group also has professional speakers who present on topics from nutrition to treatment options to understanding lab values.”
– Sarah Bryson, LCSW
CLIMB® – Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery
CLIMB is a Children’s Treehouse Foundation family support group that helps children ages 6-12 cope with and share feelings about a parent or loved one who has cancer. Children meet in a group while their parents meet together separately so that they may discuss their own concerns in a mature environment. This 6-week program is offered twice per year at Hope Cancer Resources. You must RSVP for this group.
Contact: Lauren Dallas, LCSW at 479.361.5847
“Providing a safe environment for children to express themselves while they have a loved one going through cancer is extremely important. This group allows for children to get together with other children and express themselves through various arts and crafts. It is important to remind a child that their feelings still matter and I think CLIMB does a great job in providing that type of support to children.”
– Kaci Cole, LSW
Empower Your Recovery: A Program for Healing & Growth for Living Beyond Cancer
Empower Your Recovery provides support and education for living beyond cancer, after treatment ends. This group will cover physical recovery, self-care, relationships and more. Meetings are held once a week for five weeks at Hope Cancer Resources and are open to anyone who has completed treatment for any type of cancer. You must RSVP for this group.
Contact: Lauren Dallas, LCSW or Sarah Bryson, LCSW at 479.361.5847
“This group is something that is needed, because a lot of times we assist with patients going through treatment and dealing with the initial stages of cancer diagnosis, prognosis, etc. However, upon completion of treatment and remission, people are still dealing with emotions and the “new normal.” It is important to have support available for them during this part of their journey.”
– Lauren Dallas, LCSW
Lymphedema Support Group
Hope Cancer Resources partners with Highlands Oncology Group to offer support for patients affected by lymphedema. This group meets quarterly from 12-1:30 p.m. at Highlands Oncology Group in Rogers. Lymphedema professionals will be available to provide education and clinical support. A light lunch will be provided.
Contact: Letty Hug, LSW at 479.361.5847
“The goal of our Lymphedema Support Group is to provide a space for those who are affected by lymphedema to share their stories while at the same time receiving education and learning new methods to address this condition from local professionals. We hope that group members leave feeling supported and better informed.”
– Miki Biggers, LCSW, OSW-C
NWA Ostomy Support
Facilitated by the Northwest Arkansas Ostomy Support Group, this group blends formal education with member networking. Professional support is provided by two certified nurses in wound, ostomy and continence (CWOCN). Anyone with an ostomy, preparing for an ostomy or caring for someone with an ostomy is encouraged to attend. Meetings are held the third Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. at Hope Cancer Resources. Please visit nwaostomy.weebly.com for more information.
Contact: Anne Hartney, NWA Ostomy Support Group President at 479.903.3541 or Diana Gallagher, MS, RN, CWOCN at 479.530.7193
“The NWA Ostomy Support Group has served as a great resource of education, information and friendship!”
– Anne Hartney
Supporting Stage IV
This group provides support for men and women living with any type of stage IV cancer. Group members will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and discuss coping tips and strategies. This group meets the last Friday of every month from 1-2:30 p.m. at Hope Cancer Resources. You must RSVP for this group.
Contact: Claire Rinehart, LCSW at 479.361.5847
“A stage IV diagnosis puts a person in a very unique situation where they are confronted with end-of-life topics but are continuing to live life as normally as possible. Only someone who is in this situation can truly understand what it is like & understand the specific struggles that may arise. This group provides the opportunity for anyone with a stage IV diagnosis to come talk with others who are facing the same.”
– Claire Rinehart, LCSW
Viviendo con Cáncer / Living with Cancer
Este grupo es de apoyo y educación, es para Pacientes Hispanos y sus seres queridos que tengan cáncer. Toda la comunicación del grupo será en Español. Este grupo se reúne el tercer lunes de cada mes de 5:30-7 p.m. en Hope Cancer Resources.
Para más Información Llame a: Tania Martinez, LSW al 479.361.5847
This supportive and educational group is for adult Hispanic patients coping with any type of cancer and their caregivers, families and friends. All group communication will be in Spanish. This group meets the third Monday of every month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Hope Cancer Resources.
Contact: Tania Martinez, LSW at 479.361.5847
“As an agency that serves our community, it is important that we make our services accessible to as many people in need as possible. I wanted to create a group directed to Hispanic Spanish-speaking patients and caretakers to provide education and knowledge about cancer through community speakers, presentations and peer support.”
– Tania Martinez, LSW
Every group is confidential and facilitated by a licensed oncology social worker.
For more information about other cancer support groups in our community, please call 479.361.5847.