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 Karen Staab, Ph.D.

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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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Grief Support Group

  • Every first and third Thursday at 3:00 – 4:00pm

Have you experienced a loss that you’ve not fully processed or accepted? Bev Keep will facilitate this group, as well as the Newly Diagnosed Support Group on its designated days.

If you’d like to participate, please register by clicking below, emailing us or calling the Center.

Facilitated by Bev Keep, LPC, NCC

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Leukemia and Lymphoma

  • Every Last Wednesday
  • 5:30pm

The group will address specific issues related to a blood cancer diagnosis and will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss concerns, anxieties, feelings related to illness, treatment and other related issues. These meetings are a resource to support coping, in conjunction with your or a loved one’s medical treatment.

Facilitated by Susan Herward, RN, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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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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Men's Cancer Support Group

  • Beginning September 19th, 11:00am

Michael Madonia, a licensed counselor, will help you talk through the many aspects of having a cancer diagnosis. Whether you are new to your diagnosis, going through treatment, or are finished with treatment, no matter the site of your cancer, you are welcome to attend.

There is evidence that support groups with others in a similar situation is found to have a positive effect on your wellness. It’s taken us a minute, but we now have a significant number of men registered and so we’d like to welcome you all to this new group.

Facilitated by Michael Madonia, LCSW

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Advanced/Metastatic Cancer

  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 4:00-5:00pm

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

  • Please call if interested
  • 4:00 -5:00pm

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

  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • 6:30 pm

This is a peer led support group.

Newly Diagnosed Support Group

  • Every Third Thursday, 5:00pm

Finding out you have cancer changes your life, and the time after diagnosis can be overwhelming, difficult and challenging. Join us to connect with others who are experiencing similar feelings and emotions in this monthly support group.

Facilitated by Bev Keep, LPC, NCC

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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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