Our support groups at the Erie Cancer Wellness Center encourage conversation and understanding for those who are newly diagnosed or in treatment, those who have completed treatment and those supporting loved ones along their cancer journey. 

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Cancer Support

When diagnosed with cancer, you may experience shock, anger, sadness, and fear. Even your closest family members likely will not understand how you feel. But to paraphrase a well-known song, “we can get by with a little help from our friends.” Please contact us at 814-651-0920 with any questions about the classes we offer.

Survivorship Support Group

  • Every 2nd Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00pm

A monthly group for those who have completed cancer treatment. Topics include: fear of recurrence, managing anxiety, work issues, long term side effects, nutrition, exercise, relationships & more.

Facilitated by Sarah W. Humphrey, MSN, RN

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  • Every 1st Wednesday, from 6:30-8:00pm

We provide emotional and financial support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.  We are here to assist them on their journeys with breast cancer and to be a place where they can feel they belong. We provide emotional support through our monthly meetings, one on one meetings and a private Facebook group page. We can financially assist patients with medical costs, travel costs to get to treatment and living expenses such as grocery cards and help with utility and rent or mortgage payments. As survivors, we want to be an inspiration for them just as someone was for us when we needed it.  This battle doesn’t have to be fought alone. We have all been there, some of us more than once.

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Men's Cancer Support Group

  • Every third Thursday at 5:30-6:30pm

Facilitated by Michael Madonia, LCSW

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Breast Cancer 45 years old and over

  • Every 2nd Wednesday, from 5:00-6:00pm

Monthly support group for those diagnosed with breast cancer. The first session will be a 45 years and over breast cancer support group, from 5:00-6:00pm. 

Facilitated by Diane Simon, BSN,OCN

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Young Adult Caregiver Support Group

  • TBD based on interest and availability.

Cancer affects more age groups than you think. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with cancer, you likely know someone who has. That person was also likely a loved one, partner, or family member.
If you are 35 years of age or under, please consider joining our peer-led discussion and support group to find peace and relevance in others that have gone through similar experiences as you.
With a significant experience with cancer, Kristin Hubert will lead the group as we share our experiences and offer support in an informal environment.
This group will meet first at the Erie Cancer Wellness Center and adjust to a better location if needed.
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Prostate Cancer

  • Every 2nd Thursday, from 6:30-8pm

Group education and support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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Adult General Cancer

  • Every 1st Thursday, from 5:30-6:30pm

This monthly support group provides participants with the opportunity to explore their experience with cancer in a safe group setting and to connect with others who are facing a similar challenge. This group is designed specifically for individuals that have been diagnosed with any type of cancer.

Facilitated by Michael Madonia, LCSW

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Advanced/Metastatic Cancer

  • Every 1st Thursday from 4:00-5:30pm

This monthly support group is for people living with cancer that has spread (metastatic) and the feelings and emotions that come up when living with advanced cancer.

Facilitated by Penny Mechley-Porter, NCC, LPC

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Children’s Support Group

  • February 8th, 15th, 22nd
  • 4:00pm

A cancer diagnosis and treatment process can be a frightening

and difficult time for a patient and their family. For families with young children and/or adolescents there is additional concern about how the children will react to the diagnosis and treatment process of a parent. Do you have a child between the ages of 6-12 years old that could benefit from support? Join Ann Marie Cronk, Social Worker at UPMC Hillman Erie as she facilitates a three-week support group for children who has a parent/grandparent with cancer.

Facilitated by Ann Marie Cronk, MS, OPN-C

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Caregiver Support Group

  • Every 1st Thursday, from 4:00-5:00pm

Support group for caregivers, family members and friends of those diagnosed with cancer.

Facilitated by Kim Connelly, MS, BSW, Program Director

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Ostomy Support Group

  • Every Third Thursday, 6:30pm

This is a peer led support group.

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Supporting Wellness

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Erie Cancer Wellness Center relies on our friends, donors, partners, and community supporters. The organization is 100% privately funded, not receiving government monies or insurance reimbursement. Funding for The Erie Cancer Wellness Center is provided by tax-deductible donations from a caring community of individuals, families, foundations, and businesses.

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