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WellSpan Health offers many helpful cancer support groups and individual support services for cancer patients and survivors, patients' family members and caregivers, as well as interested community members. Below, explore resources located in your community. All groups and events are free, and most do not require pre-registration.


Adams County Area Cancer Support Groups

The Adams Cancer Center offers patients access to ongoing support programs that include: Breast Health Awareness, Encore (YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County), Reach to Recovery (American Cancer Society), Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition (Healthy Adams County), Prostate Health Awareness, Reducing Your Cancer Risk, and Caring for the Cancer Patient.

Annual Cancer Survivor Day:
Held the first Sunday in June, this celebration is for cancer patients and families. Call Michelle Shriner at the Adams Cancer Center at (717) 339-2657 for information.

Bereavement Class:
This eight-session class helps individuals deal with issues of loss and grief. Call the Adams Cancer Center at (717) 339-2640 for information.

Encore Breast Cancer Support Group:
Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Gettysburg YWCA from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Call Deb Yocum at the YWCA at (717) 334-9171, ext. 124. for more information.

Lymphedema Support Group
Meets every Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the WellSpan Adams Health Center Conference Room 211.  Call Paula Chaplin at (717) 337-4407 for more information.

Prescription for Living:
This series of classes focuses on life after breast cancer treatment. It provides information and support for survivors focusing on healthy nutrition, stress reduction, physical activity and specific survivor information. The series is offered twice a year (Spring & Fall) at the the Adams Cancer Center, (717) 339-2640.


Franklin County Area Cancer Support Groups

Chambersburg Breast Cancer Support Group

The support group welcomes the newly diagnosed, all survivors of any number of years, family members and friends.The day group meets at 11 a.m. and the evening group meets at 6 p.m. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month (second Thursday in December). Location: Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 221 North Main Street, Room 207, Chambersburg, PA 17201. For information, please contact Laura Umbrell, Oncology Navigator, at (717) 217-6747 or lumbrell@wellspan.org.

Gynecological Cancer Support Group

This group is open to women who have experienced any gynecological cancers, including ovarian, uterine/endometrial, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancers. Ladies can be newly diagnosed, in active treatment, or a survivor of any amount of time. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month 1-2 p.m. and the third Thursday of the month 6-7 p.m. at Chambersburg Memorial YMCA, 570 East McKinley Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Group Leader: Maureen McHugh, RN, MSN, ovarian cancer survivor. For more information, please call Laura Umbrell, Oncology Navigator at (717) 217-6747 or lumbrell@wellspan.org.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

This group is open to survivors - either newly diganosed or survivor of many years - and partners. Meetings are the second Monday of the month fom 6-7 p.m. at the Parish Center at Corpus Christi Church, 279 North Second Street, Chambersburg. Survivors and partners meet separately. Survivior group is led by Bob Rynecki, RN, a prostate cancer survivor: trynecki@comcast.net. Partners group is led by Laura Umbrell, Wellspan Health Oncology Navigator. For information contact Laura at (717) 217-6747 or lumbrell@wellspan.org


Lancaster County Area Cancer Support Groups

General Cancer Support Group:

This group is open to all community members, not just Ephrata Cancer Center patients and their caregivers. Group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ephrata Cancer Center (large conference room at the back of the building). Pre-registration isn't required. If you have questions, please call Helen Lawson LSW,OSW at (717) 721-4835.


Lebanon County Area Cancer Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group:
Meets the third Wednesday each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sechler Family Cancer Center. Open to patients and survivors of breast cancer, this group provides emotional support and encouragement to one another, as well as special education programs on topics like nutrition and emotional health. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call Christina Ensinger, MSW, LSW at (717) 639-3917 or censinger@wellspan.org.

General Cancer Support Group:
Meets the first Tuesday each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Sechler Family Cancer Center. Open to survivors of cancer and their caregivers, this group provides emotional support and encouragement to one another, as well as special education programs on topics like nutrition and emotional health. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call Christina Ensinger, MSW, LSW at (717) 639-3917 or ensinger@wellspan.org.

Caregiver Support Group:
Meets Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at the WellSpan Sechler Family Cancer Center Education Room. This four-session series offers caregivers the knowledge and skills to help support them in this critical role, including information about helpful resources and the importance of self-care. The sessions are free, but seating is limited and registration is required.  For more information, call Christina Ensinger, MSW, LSW at (717) 639-3917 or ensinger@wellspan.org.


York County Area Cancer Support Groups

Annual Cancer Survivor Day:
Held in June, this celebration day is for cancer patients and their families. Call the York Cancer Center at (717) 741-8100 for more information.

Annual Memorial Service:
A service held every January for families and friends of cancer patients who passed away during the previous year. Call the York Cancer Center at (717) 741-8100 for more information.

Cancer Prayer Support Group:
Support group with emotional and spiritual emphasis for cancer patients and their families. Meets the first and third Tuesday every month at Christ's American Baptist Church, Spring Grove and at Dr. Marc Hirsch's office, 777 Cherry Tree Ct., Hanover. Contact Karen Weinholt at (717) 633-1744 before attending your first meeting.

Hanover Area Breast Cancer Support Group:
Support group for breast cancer patients that meets third Monday of each month. Please contact Diana Klunk at (717) 633-1111 for more information.

Hearts Can Heal:
An eight-session class for grieving children held at Olivia's House as needed. For more information, please call Olivia's House at (717) 699-1133.

HOPE Support Group (Help for Oncology Problems & Emotional Support):
Support and educational group organized for southern York County. The focus of each support meeting will be on cancer education and the emotional needs of patients and their families. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month. For more information, call the HOPE office at (717) 227-2824.

Kids Under Construction:
Support group for children who have loved ones with cancer. Call the York Cancer Center at (717) 741-8100 or Barbara Titanish at (717) 227-2824 for more information.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Support:
Family support group program for patients and families who would like to meet others coping with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma or Hodgkin's Disease. For more information about is group program, please contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America at (717) 652-6520 (Hershey).

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Network:

Support and educational group for oral, head & neck, and laryngectomy cancer patients. Meets the second Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the York Cancer Center. Companions are welcome to attend. Call (717) 741-8100 for more information.

Pathways Center for Grief and Loss:
Grief counseling is available for anyone coping with a serious illness or loss of a loved one. Individual or family sessions, as well as a wide variety of support services and educational workshops, are available. The Pathways Center is a free community resource providing support to children, teens and adults. For more information, please call (800) 924-7610, or visit www.pathwaysthroughgrief.com.

White Rose Bereavement:

A support group for family members who have lost a loved one. The group meets at 998 S. Russell Street, York Pa 17402 (meets in the Community Room). Call (717) 900-6871 for more information.

Breast Friends Breast Cancer Survivors of York:

A support group for women who have affected by breast cancer. Peer support and education offered in an informal setting. Meets the first Tuesday of each month 6:45-8:15 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Dr., York Pa 17403. Please call Amy Milsten at (717) 870-6303 for more information.