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.

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.

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 a.m.

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 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 a.m.

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, M.S., 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 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 214-648-9045 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 - 1 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 - 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 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 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 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:

  • Oncology Nutrition: Hot Topics and Recommendations
  • FMLA, SSI, & COBRA, Oh My!
  • Coping for Couples and Families
  • Lymphedema and Physical Activity: During and After Cancer Treatment
  • Healing through Expressive Writing
  • Spiritual Wellness and Resiliency: Experiencing a Spiritual Awakening after a Cancer Diagnosis

When: Noon - 1:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, September 14, through Tuesday, October 19.

Contact: To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to Alex Huffman, Manager of Support Services, at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or 214-645-2742. Reservations are required.

Healthy Eating

In this six-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: Noon - 1 p.m., starting Tuesday, October 26, through Tuesday, November 30. Then January 18, 2022 - February 22, 2022.

Where: This series will take place via Zoom.

Contact: To receive the Zoom link, please email Michelle Hamilton at Michelle.Hamilton@utsouthwestern.edu. Reservations are required.

Knowledge is Power: Advance Care Planning 101

It's daunting to make big medical decisions on the fly. This introduction to advance care planning will help you learn about the types of decisions that might need to be made, consider those decisions ahead of time, and inform your family and health care providers of your preferences.

Who: All UTSW patients and their caregivers/families

When: Last Tuesday of each month, beginning October 2021

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually and participants must be registered in advanced to attend.

For more information or to register, please email SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu or call Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Manager of Support Services at 214-645-2742.

Low-Impact Cardio and Gentle Yoga

Six-week virtual fitness class that includes low-impact cardio and gentle yoga to support physical and mental wellness for cancer survivors. Lisa Ross, Cancer Exercise Trainer, will combine seated and standing exercises and poses in a class for all ability levels. This class is open to survivors in active treatment or at any stage beyond.

When: 9:15 - 10 a.m., every Wednesday starting October 13 through November 17.

Where: This series will take place via Zoom.

Contact: To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to Alex Huffman at SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu

Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation practices can help strengthen emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Rest the mind, give space to breath, and gather in quiet reflection as we walk through a guided meditation each month.

When: 10 - 10:15 a.m., the 2nd Friday of the month

Where: Classes will be held virtually on Zoom.

Contact: RSVP via email SimmonsSpiritualSupport@utsouthwestern.edu for more information.

Prior registration is required for all support groups and classes.