Cancer Support Services
Survivorship & Support
While you navigate your diagnosis and treatment, our support groups, one-on-one support and education can improve your quality of life in many ways. Depending on your unique needs, you may benefit from one or more of our support services.
- Support groups
- Cancer type-specific nurse navigation
- Genetic counseling
- Empowerment strategies
- Psychological or psychiatric therapy
- Cancer nutrition services
- Financial counseling
- Physical therapy
- Lymphedema therapy
- Pelvic floor therapy
- Speech therapy
- Symptom management
Classes & Group Meetings
Cobb Cancer CenterCobb Cancer Support Group
2nd Tuesday of every month: January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12
In-person in the Magnolia Room - 1st floor of the Women’s Center at Cobb Hospital
Open to patients, family members, caregivers and friends
February Focus: “Speaking from the Heart” Art Therapy
Questions: [email protected]
Kennestone Cancer CenterProstate Cancer Survivor’s Support Group
2nd Thursday of every month: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
5:30 - 6:30 pm
In-person in the 320 Building, 2nd floor - Wellness Studio
Virtual meeting is also available.
Questions: [email protected]
Paulding Cancer CenterCaring Neighbors Support Group
Last Tuesday of every month: February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31*, November 28
* Dates may change.
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Paulding Medical Center Radiation/Oncology Department
148 Bill Carruth Pkwy, LL30
February focus - Chemo Brain and Ways to Cope
March - Laughter Yoga
April - Nutrition
May - Emotional Health
Questions: Kellie [email protected]
West Georgia Cancer Center
Breast Cancer Support Group
Thursday, January 19th from 11am-12pm – New Year’s Resolutions
Thursday, March 16th from 11am-12pm – Lymphedema Prevention
Thursday, May 19th from 11am-12pm – Wellness and Body Image
Thursday, July 20th from 11am-12pm – Beyond Breast Cancer Support Group
Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, Turton Conference Room
Questions: Email Rhonda [email protected] or call (706) 845-3792.
All Cancer Support Group
All Cancer Support Group last Monday of the month from 6pm-7pm
Monday, January 30 from 6pm-7pm – New Year, New Choices: Sarah Hersey, BSN
Monday, February 27 from 6pm-7pm – Cardiac Health: Jane Bower, MSN
Monday, March 27 from 6pm-7pm – Colon Cancer Awareness: Ashley Ellington, NBA-HA
Wellstar West Georgia Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, Duttera Conference Room
This support group is open to all cancer survivors and caregivers.
Questions: Email [email protected]
January 4th and 18th
February 1st and 15th
March 1st, 15th and 29th
Enoch Callaway Cancer Center, Art Room
Questions: Email [email protected] or call 706-812-2191. Crochet Class – A Stitch in Time
Weekly, Every Tuesday
10 am - 12 pm
Enoch Callaway Cancer Center Resource Room, 1st floor
Questions: [email protected]
Click here to learn more about Cancer Support events near you.
A 3-Course Event: “Help Yourself” to Ideas, Options and Benefits of Healthy EatingAre you looking for fresh ideas for eating healthier? Wellstar cancer survivorship & support services teams help you navigate from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship. Please join our virtual, online sessions April 12, 19 and 26 from 11 a.m. to noon. April 12 - Relationship between cancer and healthy weight
April 19 – Myths and benefits of plant-based diets
April 26 – Wellstar Chef Gwen Chambers provides a demonstration, followed by Q&A with Wellstar oncology dietitians Please RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 706-298-5572 Webinar join link
Passcode: 418936 Or dial by phone: 929-205-6099
Webinar ID: 870 6187 8320
Passcode: 418936 “Help Yourself” Vegetable Quinoa Bowl Live Cooking with Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Chef Gwen Chambers We invite you to cook from home with Chef Chambers. Below is a list of ingredients you’ll need to follow along:
- Quinoa (any variation, Chef Chambers will be using white quinoa)
- Beets, fresh
- Green beans, fresh
- Carrots, fresh
- Cucumber (Chef Chambers will be using an English cucumber)
- Red onion
- Egg (hard boiled)
- Feta or cheese of your choice
- Vinegar, apple cider or white
- Pickling spices
- Bay leaf
- Black peppercorns
- Fresh dill
- Garlic cloves
Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day with Wellstar
Across our system, Wellstar honors the bravery and strength of survivors every day, rejoicing in each milestone. This National Cancer Survivors Day, we are proud to pay tribute to people who have conquered cancer while offering hope to those still fighting.Learn more
Wellstar Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day, Offering Hope to the Community
Wellstar honors the bravery and strength of survivors every day. This National Cancer Survivors Day, we are proud to pay tribute to people who have conquered cancer while offering hope to those still fighting.Learn more
Meet Our Support Team
Nurse navigatorsMany of our patients could not imagine care without their nurse navigator. Nurse navigators are registered nurses trained in specific clinical areas who bring a highly personalized level of guidance and support to each patient and family. We’re with you from initial diagnosis through post-treatment follow-up.
Learn more about nurse navigators at Wellstar.
Genetic counselorsMany people find that working with our board-certified genetic counselors can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis. Information is a powerful tool that can help patients understand their disease and participate in treatment, including screening plans, lifestyle changes and medical and surgical options.
Learn more about our Genetic Risk Assessment Program.
Registered oncology dietitiansOur registered dietitians specialize in oncology nutrition to maximize nutritional status before, during and after treatment. People with cancer may benefit from:
- Nutrition counseling
- Meal plans
- Educational programs
- Tube feeding management
Oncology social workersOur oncology social workers focus on strategies to empower and improve the quality of life for people with cancer and their families during treatment and beyond. Support from an oncology social worker can include short-term counseling, groups and connections to psychological therapy. Cancer can affect many different parts of life. We can help you adjust to your diagnosis and provide guidance and education about sharing information with your family, friends, and community. We also assist patients by connecting you with community resources and helping you navigate financial programs and helpful services.
Psychological and psychiatric therapy
Meeting with a psychologist or psychiatrist can help people cope with the emotional side of cancer and treatment side effects. At Wellstar, there are psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in working with people who have cancer. Often, these specialists help people manage pre-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety too.
Our oncology psychologists work with individuals, couples and families to encourage coping and problem-solving, relaxation, stress reduction and improved well-being.
Many people with cancer experience depression, anxiety and fatigue. Our oncology psychiatrists assess symptoms and manage the medical treatment of these symptoms.
Physical therapists & speech therapistsPhysical therapists and specialists for speech and swallowing, lymphedema and pelvic floor therapy help people with cancer to improve their quality of life at Wellstar locations across Georgia.
Learn more about cancer rehabilitation at Wellstar.
Palliative care specialistsOur palliative care physicians are specially trained in complex symptom and pain management for people with cancer. Throughout your treatment, we work with you to manage pain and symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, stress, and other symptoms related to cancer.
More supportAlongside these support services, we also offer integrative therapies - such as yoga and art - to reduce a patient's side effects and improve well-being during and after treatment.
Learn more about integrative therapies.