Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Support Groups and Classes

Appointment New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

We have strong relationships with resources in the community, and if you are not seeing the resource you were looking for, please contact us at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu to ensure we connect you to trusted programs in your area or online.

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

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/personal growth.

Who: This class is designed for patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer (stages I-III) and completed their active treatment in the last two years.

When: Select dates in 2022.

Time: TBA

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 and nurse navigators, with expert guest speakers.

For more information or to register, please contact SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or your social worker.

Guided Meditation Gathering

Simmons Spiritual Support invites you to participate in our meditation gatherings. Rest the mind, give space to breath, and gather in quiet reflection as we lead a guided meditation each month.

Who: Open to all Simmons patients and caregivers

When: Second Friday of most months

Time: 10 - 10:20 a.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually.

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

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 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

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 new to breast cancer care at UT Southwestern.

When: Twice monthly, date and time varies.

Time: TBA

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

For more information or to register, please contact SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or your nurse navigator.

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 a.m. - Noon

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

Facilitator: Jack Hamilton, LCSW, OSW-C, at 214-645-5587 or Jack.Hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu

Pancreatic Support Meeting

This orientation 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, 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: 11 a.m. - Noon

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

Facilitator: Jack Hamilton, LCSW, OSW-C, at 214-645-5587 or Jack.Hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu

Spiritual Support & Community Gathering

Join board-certified chaplain Tammy Wynn and Sylvia Artiles for casual conversation and community support. 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 most months

Time: 10 - 11 a.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually.

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

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 26; Tuesday, February 23; Tuesday, March 30; etc.

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually. 

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

Classes

EMBRACE Symposium

E - Energy

M - Mind

B - Body

R - Relationships

A - Active Nutrition

C - Creative

E - Expression

We believe surviving cancer begins the day of diagnosis and continues every day thereafter. Our goal is to help you maintain your overall health and well-being during your cancer treatment. EMBRACE is a series of workshops facilitated by your Support Services team that address physical, emotional, and practical issues that can arise during and after treatment.

Virtual sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Topics to be covered include:

  • January - Exercise During and After Treatment
  • February - Legacy: The Art of Memory and Meaning-Making
  • March - Empowering Children through a Loved One’s Cancer Experience
  • April - Pros and Cons of Supplements
  • May - Mindfulness as a Spiritual Practice and Techniques to Help Reduce Anxiety and Stress
  • June - Scanxiety and Fear of Recurrence
  • July - Lymphedema Prevention and Identification
  • August - Techniques and Tips for Skin and Hair Care after Treatment
  • September - Sexual Health During and After Treatment
  • October - Managing Chemo Side Effects
  • November - Spiritual Coping through the Holidays
  • December - Navigating the Waters of a Cancer Diagnosis

Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link. RSVP here.

Feel free to email SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or call Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Manager of Support Services, at 214-645-2742 with questions.

Healthy Eating for Cancer Survivorship

Join us via Zoom for a virtual class on healthy eating that meets every Tuesday for six weeks. Improve your diet and learn how healthy eating can be stress-free and facilitate weight management. Topics include: mindful eating, label reading, plant-based meals, dining out, meal planning, motivational tools, a virtual grocery tour, and so much more.

Who: Open to all Simmons Cancer Patients. The class has an emphasis on long-term survivorship and weight maintenance.

When: Every Tuesday, October 11 - November 22 from Noon - 1 p.m.

Where: These classes are held virtually over Zoom. If interested in participating, please email Kathleen Bradford at Kathleen.Bradford@utsouthwestern.edu or RSVP here. All reminders and information will be sent via email.

Knowledge Is Power: Advance Care Planning 101

Taught by oncology social workers, this introduction to advance care planning teaches you about different kinds of medical scenarios, how your own values influence the decisions you may make in such scenarios, and what to do to capture your wishes in advance directives (e.g., Medical Power of Attorney, Living Will, and so forth) ahead of time.

Who: All UTSW patients

When: Last Tuesday of the month

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Where: This virtual webinar is offered via Zoom. Reservations are required. Please email SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu to RSVP.

Prior registration is required for all support groups and classes.