Supportive Care at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center
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Support and Education

Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services offers a variety of support groups to help cancer patients and their families cope with the diagnosis of cancer. Led by trained professionals, these groups offer emotional support, education, an opportunity to learn ways of coping with uncertainty and change, and a chance to meet others who face similar issues.

Educational Programs

In addition to ongoing support groups, the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital offers many one-day educational programs that focus on:

  • Community outreach
  • Cancer prevention and detection
  • Cancer screening programs, including skin and prostate cancer
  • Symptom management such as fatigue and pain
  • Care for the caregiver

For more information and schedules, please see our Events Calendar or call 1-800-789-PENN (7366).

Support Groups

The following support groups are available in an ongoing basis:

Breast Cancer Psychotherapy Group

A weekly series of meetings for women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, are undergoing active treatment, or learned they have had a recurrence. The goal is to establish an intimate and safe space for women to discuss their hopes and fears with others going through a similar experience. This small group is facilitated by a psychologist.   ||  View schedule >>

Healthy Balance

A 12-week program (four sessions) focusing on food, exercise and body image for people who have completed cancer treatment. Participation in all four sessions is important.   ||  View schedule >>

Holistic Living Program

This seven-week program is based on holistic and traditional Chinese medicine principles for building health and preventing disease. Participants are provided with simple and practical self-care strategies and receive ongoing support for incorporating these strategies into their daily lives.   ||  View schedule >>

Living with Loss – Bereavement Program

Monthly meetings for families who need support.  ||  View more information >>

Lung Cancer Support Group

A monthly support and education group for patients with lung cancer.  ||  View schedule >>

Navigating the Course: Esophageal Cancer Support Group

A monthly support group for patients with esophageal cancer and their caregivers, focusing on surgical side effects, nutrition and social issues. This program is only open to those with Barretts who have had the surgery.  ||  View schedule >>

One Step Ahead

A program for women at high risk for breast cancer.  ||  View schedule >>

Sarcoma Education and Support Group

A program for patients and families that offers:

  • Opportunity to network with other patients and families
  • Questions and answer session with the medical team
  • Learn more about useful patient resources

For more information, view the schedule >>

Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group

A monthly support and education group for patients with sickle cell anemia.  ||  View schedule >>

Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out

Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out is a special survivorship program that mixes approaches which have proven successful in decreasing distress including physical pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and worried thinking that disturbs sleep, work and play.  ||  View schedule >>


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Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

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