Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Support Groups and Classes

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 complete the registration form at the bottom of the page, and the group facilitator will contact you. 

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Dallas Groups

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

Breast Cancer Support Group

Join us for a time of discussion, encouragement, and sharing with other patients. Light refreshments offered.

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

When: On hold until further notice.

Time: 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m 

Where: NE 2.5 Classroom (Seay Building - 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390)

Facilitator: Kim Keely, LMSW, 214-645-7757Kim.Keely@utsouthwestern.edu

Breast Cancer Survivorship Group

Survivorship Class Series

This is an online program available with ongoing enrollment to help address the topics patients encounter after they finish active treatment. This series of five classes aims to help you with your breast cancer survivorship and future health. Topics include nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, stress management, body image and sexuality, and making your plan.

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

When: August 19, 2020—Nutrition & Exercise 

September 16, 2020—Stress Management 

October 21, 2020—Sexual Changes 

November 18, 2020—Fear of Recurrence & Moving Forward 

December 9, 2020—Creating your Plan  

Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m 

Where: These events will meet virtually.

Facilitator: These events are being held virtually. For more information or to register, please contact team social worker Kim Keely, LMSW, at 214-645-7757 or Kim.Keely@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

Pancreatic Support Lunch

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 & Guidance Group

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 patients and caregivers

When: In November and December, on the second Friday of each month (November 13 and December 11). Starting in January, on the fourth Friday of each month

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

Where: These events will meet virtually.

Facilitator: These events are being held virtually, please email if interested in participating. Contact Tammy Wynn, 214-645-2604Tammy.Wynn@utsouthwestern.edu; Sylvia Artiles, 214-645-0319, Sylvia.Artiles@utsouthwestern.edu

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, June 30th, Tuesday, July 28th, etc.

Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually. 

Facilitator: These events are being held virtually, please email if interested in participating. Contact Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu

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Fort Worth Groups 

All Fort Worth groups are held at Moncrief Cancer Institute, 400 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Women’s Group

Who: Open to women with any type of cancer and prognosis 

When: Second Thursday of every month.

Time: 1 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where: These events will meet virtually.

Facilitator: These events are being held virtually, please email if interested in participating. Contact Hailey Wilshire, LMSW, OSW-C at hailey.wilshire@utsouthwestern.edu

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Chi Kung 

Join us for a six-week introduction to Chi Kung (also spelled Qi Gong). Meaning “breath work,” Chi Kung is a catch-all term for a vast collection of exercises using movement, static postures, meditations, visualizations, and breathing exercises to control and increase the flow of energy in the body.

Chi Kung has been shown to be effective in reducing fatigue and sleep difficulty from cancer treatment and in improving quality of life and depression issues. 

When: On hold until further notice.

Where: NC8.212 Conference Room (Seay Building, 8th Floor - 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390) 

Contact: To reserve your spot, email SCCCSupport@utsouthwestern.edu.

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 that have been covered in the past include:

  • Nutrition: Fads, Facts, and Moving Forward
  • Lymphedema and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • More Than Just the Physical: Healing Our Entire Selves
  • The How, When, and Why of Sharing Your Diagnosis with Family, Friends, and Work
  • Secrets to the Maze: Cancer Basics to Help You Through Treatment
  • Managing Stress and Anxiety through Music and Mindfulness

Beginning September 15, virtual sessions will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday via Zoom.

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.

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., every Tuesday from November 3rd through December 8th

Where: This series will take place via Zoom.

If you are unable to attend these sessions in person, the classes will be available through a virtual video chat platform, Skype.

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

Prior registration is required for all support groups and classes.