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Support Groups

With recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 and limiting public gatherings, we are canceling support group meetings until further notice.

For cancer patients and their families, often the greatest comfort comes from connecting with others who have walked in their shoes, who have faced the same challenges and who can truly relate to the cancer experience.

At the UK Markey Cancer Center, our team of oncology social workers leads a variety of support groups that allow those affected by cancer to come together to share their experiences, learn more about the disease and its treatment and support each other as they navigate the emotional and physical challenges of cancer.

Some of our current support groups are listed below. View our calendar of events for a complete schedule.

NOTE: With recent concerns surrounding COVID-19, integrative medicine classes, support groups, cooking and smoothie demos will be canceled until further notice. 

Once we are past this concern, activities will resume as normal, as we know it is important for our patients and families.

  • Knit to Heal

    This closed eight-week support group provides cancer patients and survivors with the opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of knitting while also learning and talking about cancer-related issues. No knitting experience is required. Participants will spend the first session learning to knit, and each session will focus on a different theme, such as treatment side effects, emotional side effects and relationships.

    UK HealthCare physical therapist Beth Butcher and oncology nurse Reva Bruns, both avid knitters, will provide knitting instruction. Joan Scales, a UK Markey Cancer Center supervisor and licensed clinical social worker, will share an educational topic each week to start the conversation. All three facilitators have 20 or more years of experience working with oncology patients. Knit to Heal is designed to provide a comfortable environment where participants can share their feelings, knowledge and experiences while engaging in the creative process.

    Meets: Second Thursdays of the month,1:30 – 3 p.m. and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Location: Combs Building, Room 308

    Facilitators: Joan Scales, LCSW; Beth Butcher, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA; Reva Bruns

    To register: Call 859-323-2798. (Pre-registration required).

  • Laryngectomy Support Group


    An ongoing monthly support group for laryngectomy patients and their caregivers.

    Meeting Details:

    Second Tuesday of every month
    6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Dorothy Enslow Combs Cancer Research Facility
    Room 308
    UK Markey Cancer Center
    800 Rose St.
    Lexington, KY

    For those who can’t make it in person, participants are able to attend virtually via Zoom. Contact facilitator for more information.

    The building is located directly behind the UK Markey Cancer Center on the Huguelet Drive side of UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

    A small parking lot and drop-off circle for patients is located off Rose Street at Markey. Parking is free. Please call or email if you have questions.

    Facilitator: Tiffani Hays, CSW


  • Find a Support Group Near You

    If you would like to join a support group but don't see one listed above for your cancer type, please reach out to our oncology social work team. They can help you find a support group in your area.

    For more information, stop by the Support Services office on the third floor of the Combs Building during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also reach our office by phone at 859-323-2798, or email at