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.

Blood Cancer Support Group

About: Our Blood Cancer 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, MSW, CSW

To Participate: Contact Julie Case Steffey, CSW at 859-218-3675 or Julie.Case@uky.edu to register and receive connection information.

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

Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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