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Support Groups & Services

Breast Cancer Support Group
This support group is for individuals and families newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This group meets from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Breast Cancer Support Group - Albemarle
This support group is for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Women of all ages and all phases of survivorship are welcome. This group meets from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the NorthEast Oncology Associates-Albemarle lobby. For further information, please call 704-403-7790.

Purple Purpose
Purple Purpose is a general cancer support program open to all newly diagnosed cancer survivors with any type of cancer within their first two years of treatment, or for patients on continuous treatment. This program will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 4 p.m - 5 p.m.

Caregivers Connection
This is an informal opportunity for caregivers to connect with other caregivers, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, or to take a few moments to relax in our Rejuvenation Center. Please feel free to join us on the second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

When Someone You Love Has Cancer - For Children & Teens
This program is for children and teens who have a parent or loved one that has been diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to educate children about cancer, coping skills, and healthy ways of expressing their feelings. This program will meet January 17th, April 18th, and November 21st from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The full eight hour day camp will be held this year on Friday August 9th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts classrooms.

Chemo 101
This class is designed to educate patients about cancer and chemotherapy and to improve overall experience. Topics covered include: an overview of cancer, chemotherapy administration, managing side effects, coping, and resources. All participants go on a tour of the Cancer Center area and meet staff members of the support team. This class is offered every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Young Survivor Network
This support group provides a listing of information regarding social networking and peer support for young adults diagnosed with cancer. A regional round-up will take place in 2013 where young survivors from local areas can come together to network, gain support and resources. Information to follow, so stay tuned.

Look Good….. Feel Better
This class is a free, two-hour educational hands-on workshop for female patients undergoing radiation and/or chemotherapy. A licensed cosmetologist will address techniques for how to deal with physical changes related to cancer treatment. All participants receive a complimentary cosmetic kit. Class times are as follows: the 1st Monday of each month from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., the 3rd Monday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and the 4th Monday from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. This class meets in Rejuvenation Center.

Prepping for Pre-Op
This class is for individuals preparing to undergo surgery for breast cancer. Class will include what to expect, surgical and reconstructive options and how to prepare. This class meets every Tuesday from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

All support groups, classes or programs will meet in the Batte Cancer Center Conference room unless otherwise noted.
You may register for the following classes or programs by contacting Monica Houston at 704-403-1370.

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