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Support Groups

With recent concerns surrounding COVID-19 and limiting public gatherings, support groups have moved to a virtual format or are paused at this time.

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 either be available via Zoom or canceled until further notice. 

Activities will be reviewed regularly according to hospital policy and guidelines regarding in-person gatherings. Please contact the Oncology Social Work office at 859-323-2798 if you have questions about the status of any of these support groups.

  • Caregiver Support Group

    About: Our Caregiver Support Group is a monthly virtual meeting for friends and family who are caring for patients in active cancer treatment. Meet other caregivers and share questions and experiences that you may have in common. Our experienced oncology social workers will present education topics and resources to help caregivers in supporting patients at home.

    Meeting Details: Second Wednesday of every month from 5–6:30 p.m.

    Location: Virtual group, meeting via Zoom

    Facilitator: Tiffany Arps, LCSW

    To Register: Contact Tiffany Arps, LCSW at 859-323-7227 or Tiffany.Arps@uky.edu

  • Myeloma Support Group

    About: Our Myeloma Support Group meets monthly to provide a space for patients to share their experiences and both provide and receive support.

    Meeting Details: Second Tuesday of every month from 6:30–7:30 p.m.

    Location: Virtual group, meeting via Zoom

    Facilitator: Julie Case Steffey, CSW

    To Register: Contact Julie Case Steffey, CSW at 859-218-3675 or Julie.Case@uky.edu

  • Markey Mentor: Breast Cancer Peer-to-Peer Support

    About: A peer-to-peer support service to connect breast cancer patients with someone who shares a similar diagnosis.

    Details: If you are interested in being paired with a peer, or if you are interested in volunteering your time to become a Markey Mentor, call 859-323-2798 for more information.

  • Knit to Heal

    About: This 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. 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.

    Meeting Details: Second Wednesday of the month, 10–11:30 a.m.

    Location: Virtual group, meeting via Zoom (When it is safe to return to in-person, participants will have the option to attend in-person or remain remote.)

    Facilitators: UK HealthCare physical therapist Beth Butcher and Markey Research employee Reva Bruns, both avid knitters, will provide knitting instruction. Joan Scales, a UK Markey Cancer Center supervisor and licensed clinical social worker, will provide psychoeducation and support. All three facilitators have 30 or more years of experience working with oncology patients. Knit to Heal is designed to provide a comfortable environment where participants learn more about the cancer experience, can share their thoughts, knowledge, and experiences while engaging in the creative process.

    To Register: Call 859-323-2798 to register for the Zoom meeting link (Pre-registration required)

  • Laryngectomy Support Group

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

    Meeting Details: Second Tuesday of every month, 6–7 p.m.

    Location: Virtual group, meeting via Zoom

    Facilitator: Tiffani Hays, CSW

    To Register: Contact Tiffani Hays, CSW at 859-323-4632 or tdri228@uky.edu

  • Stages Lung Cancer Support Group

    About: A support group, started by a lung cancer patient, for lung cancer patients and caregivers to discuss their successes, challenges, and hopes. Stages may also include an educational component as a part of future meetings.

    Meeting Details: Stages Support Group is on pause for the time being. Please contact the group facilitator regarding questions about future meetings and updates moving forward.

    Location: Virtual group

    Facilitator: Mandy Hatfield, CSW

    To Register: To receive additional information/updates about this group, please contact Mandy Hatfield, CSW at 859-218-6690 or Miranda.Hatfield@uky.edu

  • Young Women's Cancer Support Group

    About: Our Young Women’s Cancer Support Group provides a safe environment for you to connect with others coping with cancer. This free online support group is for women 45 and younger who are, or have, received treatment at the Markey Cancer Center.

    Meeting Details: First Wednesday of every month from 12–1 p.m.

    Location: Virtual group, via Zoom

    Facilitators: Devon Bowling, CSW, and Tiffani Hays, CSW

    To Register: Contact Devon Bowling, CSW at 859-562-2094 or Devon.Bowling@uky.edu or contact Tiffani Hays at 859-323-4632 or tdri228@uky.edu