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Support Groups, Classes, and Community Programs


The James offers many support groups led by experienced professionals. There are no fees to participate, but registration is requested. For group location and additional information call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 or 1-800-293-5066.

Bladder Support Group
First Thursday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Blood and Marrow Transplant Gathering
First and Third Wednesday of the month
1 – 2 p.m.

Brain Tumor Support Group
Third Thursday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Colorectal Support Group
Third Tuesday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Group
First Monday of the month
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Inpatient Support Group for Hematology Survivors
First Wednesday of the month at 2 – 3 p.m.
Third Wednesday of the month at 6 – 7 p.m.

“Just the Guys” Prostate Cancer Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month
7 – 9 p.m.

Living With Lung Cancer
Fourth Wednesday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Melanoma Support Group
Third Wednesday of the month
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Myeloma Support Group (In collaboration with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
Third Monday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Sarcoma Support Group for Patients and Families
Last Tuesday of the month
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Support for Men with Bleeding Disorders
Call Kate Klakos at 614-293-8183 for more information

Women with Gynecologic Cancers Support Group
Third Wednesday of the month
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Grief Support Group
The death of a loved one deeply affects surviving family members and friends in many ways. The emotional, social, and spiritual reactions can be overwhelming. The Grief Support Group provides a supportive environment where experiences and feelings can be shared and learning about the mourning process may begin. Participants are able to explore their own unique resources and strengths in coping with loss. Please call for dates and locations.

For more information call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 or 1-800-293-5066.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Cancer Survivor's Book Club
Second Wednesday of each month
10 – 11 a.m.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter
2225 Citygate Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43219

JamesCare for Life, in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), is offering a monthly book club. Led by Chris Krall, an oncology nurse from The James, the book club provides an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas, to dedicate personal time for reading and learning and to share encouragement and insights with each other. Books are provided free of charge by JamesCare for Life and LLS. The group meets monthly to discuss the previous month's selection and to receive the next selection.

For more information, contact The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 614-476-7194, Ext. 231.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better assists women undergoing cancer treatment by providing information, support, and appearance-enhancing skills to help restore physical appearance and self-esteem. Taught by certified, licensed cosmetologists, this self-help program includes ideas to consider when purchasing a wig and head covering alternatives.  This program was developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association.

The program is offered monthly through The James at an easily accessible outpatient location: Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, 1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio. Classes are usually held the second Monday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.