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Cancer Specific Support Groups & Programs

At The Gathering Place, we meet participants wherever they are on their cancer journey starting at diagnosis. Some programs offered at The Gathering Place are available to people with specific types of cancer.

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Breast

Contact Mary Fisher Bornstein, Susan Marinac or Andrea Sonnie with questions about our programs for women with breast cancer or to set up an appointment for one-to-one support.

Mary Fisher-Bornstein, LISW-S | 216-455-1506

Susan Marinac, MSSA, LISW-S, MT-BC | 216-455-1512

Andrea Sonnie, LISW-S, OSW-C | 216-455-1521

Cancer Specific Support Groups

Support group for women with breast cancer in their 20s, 30s & 40s.

Cancer Specific Support Groups

Monthly breast cancer support group for women who are newly diagnosed, in treatment and during follow up care. There are both daytime and evening groups. Facilitator: Andrea Sonnie, LISW-S, OSW-C

Cancer Specific Support Groups

Monthly support group for those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Facilitator: Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW-S

Gynecological

Our monthly support group is a place for others sharing a similar gynecological or reproductive cancer experience. This group discusses available treatment options and experiences, plus how to manage side effects including fatigue, menopausal symptoms, neuropathy, changes in weight, body image, sexual health, and benefits of a pelvic floor specialist. Contact Andrea Sonnie with any questions about this group.

Andrea Sonnie, LISW-S, OSW-C | 216-455-1521

Cancer Specific Support Groups
June 22nd at 3:30 pm

Monthly support group for women diagnosed with gynecological cancers (non-ovarian). This support group provides a safe space for women to talk about their diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers, side effects, late effects and related thoughts and emotions. Each person's cancer story is different. It can be healing to learn from others, to ask questions and to share ways they have coped. Facilitator: Andrea Sonnie, LISW-S, OSW-C

Lung

Cancer Specific Support Groups
July 21st at 6:30 pm

After treatment for lung cancer, you may experience shortness of breath and have less endurance. This session will focus on the importance of a multi-disciplinary rehab approach for lung cancer survivors to increase quality of life. Presenter: Mary Vargo, MD

Myeloma

This support group takes place every other month and led by our licensed social worker, Mary Fisher-Bornstein. As a participant navigates their treatment, this group provides a space where people can share similar experiences, ways of coping and hear about great resources from professionals.

Cancer Specific Support Groups
July 11th at 5:30 pm

Support and education for those diagnosed with myeloma and their family members. This month's topic: Nutrition Tips for People Diagnosed with Myeloma. Facilitators: Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW-S, Stevi Gutin, RN and Becca Noernberg, MS, RDN, LD

Cancer Specific Support Groups
July 11th at 5:30 pm

Support and education for those diagnosed with myeloma and their family members. This month's topic: Exercise to Fight Fatigue. Facilitators: Mary Fisher-Bornstein, LISW-S, Stevi Gutin, RN and Stephen Cerne, NSCA-CPT, ACSM/ACS-CET

Oral, Head & Neck

Meeting monthly, our Oral, Head & Neck Cancer peer-to-peer support group provides a safe environment for individuals to connect with others experiencing or have experienced a similar diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer Specific Support Groups
June 13th at 3:30 pm

Monthly support group for people with oral, head and neck cancer. Facilitator: Sydney Beeman, MA, NCC, LPC

Pancreatic

Meeting the 4th Monday of every month, our pancreatic support group provides a network for individuals and caregivers. This support group is a safe place to cope with the emotional and physical aspects by providing a space to share feelings, experiences and resources.

Cancer Specific Support Groups

Monthly support group for people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Facilitator: Sydney Beeman, MA, NCC, LPC

Prostate

Our monthly Prostate Partners offers an opportunity for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to learn about treatment options, as well as gain support from talking with other men. Specialists in various fields provide education and information on cutting edge therapies and tools for coping. Prostate Partners offers a safe, comfortable environment for men and their families to address issues regarding diagnosis and treatment.

Information & Education

For men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the last six months. Facilitators: Mary Fisher-Bornstein, LISW-S and Erin Rafter, PhD, CCLS

Cancer Specific Support Groups
June 9th at 6:30 pm

Group education and support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Family members welcome to attend. This month's topic: Come Spin the Wheel: A New Game to Explore Your Mindset

Cancer Specific Support Groups
July 14th at 6:30 pm

Group education and support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Family members welcome to attend. This month's topic: Grill and Chill: Networking, Grilling & Eating.

Cancer Specific Support Groups
August 11th at 6:30 pm

Group education and support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Family members welcome to attend. This month's topic: Treating Erectile Dysfunction and Incontinence.

Cancer Specific Support Groups
September 8th at 6:30 pm

Group education and support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Family members welcome to attend. This month: Community Outing: Social networking event in the community.

Lectures from the 2021 Prostate Cancer Forum below
The State of Prostate Cancer 2021
New Diagnostic Testing for Prostate Cancer in 2021
Genomic Revolution of Prostate Cancer
Treating Recurrence
Managing Side Effects