Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Support Groups and Classes

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

To help keep our patients, families, and staff safe from the spread of infection, we have canceled all in person classes and support groups until further notice. Please see below for which classes are being offered virtually.

Prior registration is required for all support groups and classes. To sign up, please email the listed group or class facilitator.

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Brain Tumor Support Group

Who: Patients with any type of brain tumor, including those with metastatic disease or benign tumors. Family and caregivers are welcome.

When: On hold until further notice.

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Where: 8th Floor, Seay Building, 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390

Facilitators: Dinah Foster, LCSW, dinah.foster@utsouthwestern.edu

Early Stage Breast Cancer Support Group

We know a cancer diagnosis can bring many emotions. Please join us for a time of discussion, encouragement, and sharing with other patients. This group is led by social workers Hailey Wilshire, LMSW and Kim Keely, LMSW. Please RSVP at least 2 days in advance with your full name and phone number.

Who: Patients in active treatment for early-stage breast cancer

Who:  Patients in active treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation) for breast cancer stages I-III.

When:  2nd Thursday of each month, April-September 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m 

Where: Zoom online platform. The meeting information will be sent when you register with our staff below.

Facilitator:  Hailey Wilshire, LMSW, 817-288-9829 or Hailey.Wilshire@UTSouthwestern.edu

Breast Cancer Survivorship Group

This is an online program available with ongoing enrollment to help address the topics patients encounter after they finish active treatment. This series of six classes aims to help you with your breast cancer survivorship and future health. Topics include understanding your personalized survivorship plan, nutrition, physical activity, integrative medicine, stress management, sexual functioning after treatment, and fear of recurrence.

Who: This class is designed for patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer (stages I-III) in the last 2 years.

When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, March-August 2021.

Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m 

Where: The online zoom platform will be used. Meeting invitation and further details will be provided with registration.

Facilitator: Groups are led by breast team social worker Kim Keely, LMSW and nurse navigators Judy Herrick, RN, BSN, and Jennifer Speas, RN, BSN, with expert guest speakers.

For more information or to register, please contact Kim at 214-645-7757 or kim.keely@utsouthwestern.edu

Gynecological-Oncology Support Services Team Virtual Orientation

We want you to know you are supported from the very beginning here at Simmons Cancer Center with a team of oncology-certified professionals, including a dietitian, chaplain, and social worker. This 20-30 minute virtual meeting is a great opportunity for new patients to meet the support services team specific to the Gynecological-Oncology clinic, and to capture a better understanding of how this team of professionals may be helpful from time of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond.

Who: New patients to the UTSW Simmons Gynecological-Oncology clinic, or patients in the beginning stages of treatment for gynecological cancers

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 10:00 am

Where: Zoom online platform. The meeting information will be sent when you register with our staff below. Your physician may also refer you, and we will reach out to you to provide details.

Facilitator: Alexis Early, LCSW, ACM-SW, 214-645-5672 or alexis.early@utsouthwestern.edu

Life After Transplant

Come together to share your journey and learn from others as you navigate survivorship.

Who: Autologous and allogeneic transplant patients

When: 3rd Friday of the month

Time: 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually.

Facilitator: These events are being held virtually, please email if interested in participating. Contact Sharon Tavenner, LCSW, 214-645-2821Sharon.Tavenner@utsouthwestern.edu

Melanoma and Sarcoma Support Services Team Virtual Orientation

We want you to know you are supported from the very beginning here at Simmons Cancer Center with a team of oncology-certified professionals, including a dietitian, chaplain, and social worker. This 20-30 minute virtual meeting is a great opportunity for new patients to meet the support services team specific to the Melanoma and Sarcoma clinics, and to capture a better understanding of how this team of professionals may be helpful from time of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond.

Who: New patients to Dr. Homsi and Dr. Sharma’s clinic, or patients in the beginning stages of treatment for melanoma or sarcoma cancers

When: 4th Tuesday of each month

Time: 10:00 am

Where: Zoom online platform. The meeting information will be sent when you register with our staff below. Your physician may also refer you, and we will reach out to you to provide details.

Facilitator: Kathleen Kinder, MS, RD, CSO, 214-645-5677 or kathleen.kinder@utsouthwestern.edu

New Patient Connections Class for Breast Cancer

This orientation class serves to introduce newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients to the comprehensive care of SCCC’s Supportive Services team. Patients are educated on how each member may be helpful during treatment as well as what to expect in the first few weeks or month of care. Patients are referred to this orientation by their Nurse Navigator.

Who: Patients who are newly-diagnosed with breast cancer or who have come to clinic for a second opinion

When: Twice monthly, dates vary

Time: 12-1 p.m. and 6-7pm option available

Where: These events will meet virtually, and new patients will need to be registered to attend.

For more information or to register, please contact Kim at 214-645-7757 or kim.keely@utsouthwestern.edu

Pancreatic Pre-Surgery Class

This class covers commonly asked questions around pancreatic surgery and includes nutrition and exercise recommendations as well as spiritual and emotional support available. Members of the supportive services team including a social worker, chaplain, dietitian, and a cancer exercise trainer will be available during this virtual class. Your surgical team will refer you to this class.

Who: Patients with a scheduled pancreatic surgery

When: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month

Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: These Events will meet virtually, and patients need to be scheduled to attend.

Facilitator: Jack Hamilton, LCSW, OSW-C at 214-648-9045 or jack.hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu

Pancreatic Support Meeting

This orientation lunch serves to introduce newly-diagnosed pancreatic cancer patients to the comprehensive care of SCCC’s Supportive Services team. Patients are educated on how each service—such as social work, dietician, music therapy, and chaplain—may be helpful during treatment. Patients are referred to this orientation by their Nurse Navigator.

Who: Patients who are newly-diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or who have come to clinic for a second opinion

When: Every Thursday

Time: 12:15 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually, and new patients will need to be scheduled to attend.

Facilitator: Jack Hamilton, LCSW, OSW-C at 214-648-9045 or jack.hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu

Spiritual Support & Community Gathering

Join board-certified chaplain Tammy Wynn and Sylvia Artiles for coffee and casual conversation. Persons of all faiths—and no faith—are welcome. We encourage open sharing and do not endorse any specific faith, institution, or cause.

Who: Open to all Simmons patients and caregivers

When: Fourth Friday of each month

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually.

Facilitator: These events are held virtually. Please email SimmonsSpiritualSupport@utsouthwestern.edu if interested in participating. Or click here to RSVP.

Young Adult Support

Who: Social and supportive meetup for young adult cancer survivors ages 18-39

When: Last Tuesday of every month

Next support group: Tuesday, January 26th, Tuesday, February 23rd, Tuesday, March 30th, etc.

Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually. 

Facilitator: Please RSVP to Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu

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Classes

EMBRACE Survivorship Symposium

EMBRACE is a series of workshops facilitated by your Support Services team that addresses physical, emotional, and practical issues that can arise during and after treatment.

Embrace stands for:

  • Energy
  • Mind
  • Body
  • Relationships
  • Active Nutrition
  • Creative
  • Expression

Topics will include:

  • Cancer and Nutrition
  • Lymphedema and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Huddle up: A Team Approach to Your Cancer Care Journey
  • Knowledge Is Power: Advance Care Planning 101
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety through Music and Mindfulness

The spring series ended Tuesday, April 27th. Please stay tuned for the fall schedule.

Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link.

Please RSVP to Alex Huffman, Manager of Support Services, at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or 214-645-2742.

Gentle Yoga

Join Lisa Ross, Cancer Exercise Trainer at Moncrief Cancer Institute, for a six-week gentle yoga practice to support your physical and mental wellness. Lisa will combine seated chair and standing poses, breathing techniques, and meditation in a class for all ability levels.

When: Weekly, starting Wednesday April 28th through Wednesday, June 2nd from 9:15-10:00 a.m.

Where: Classes will be held virtually on Zoom.

Contact: To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP by emailing SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

Healthy Eating

In this 6-week workshop, board-certified oncology dietitians at Simmons Cancer Center will share evidence-based nutrition strategies and provide the knowledge and tools to optimize health through diet. Come learn how healthy eating can be stress free and can help facilitate weight management to reduce cancer risk or recurrence.

When: 12-1 p.m.starting Tuesday, May 4 through Tuesday, June 8

Where: This series will take place via Zoom.

Registration is required. Please email Michelle Hamilton at michelle.hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu.

Prior registration is required for all support groups and classes.