Cancer support group meeting

Support Group Descriptions

Living with Metastatic Cancer

Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, an experienced group social worker facilitates this group for women and men who have any type of metastatic cancer. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues re: living with metastatic cancer and all the related treatments, changes in lifestyle and relationships, learning to ask for help and fears about disability, pain and end of life care. Living in the present, enjoying life as it is now and humor are also important themes in the group.

Post Treatment

Brianne Carter, LICSW, and Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, facilitate these support groups for women and men who have completed their active treatment for any type of cancer. There are two groups, Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Both groups meet twice per month and focus on issues re: cancer rehabilitation, influx of emotions, shifts in identity, intersecting factors (financial, work, relationships), management of anxiety, and making meaning of cancer in their lives.

In Treatment

Brianne Carter, LICSW, facilitates this support group for women and men who are in any stage of cancer treatment. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues of new diagnosis and treatment including: navigating the medical and health care systems, filtering information, adjusting to identity changes, management of side effects, developing coping skills, and building a network of supports.

Young Adult

Brianne Carter, LICSW, facilitates this support group for adults with any cancer type who are under the age of 45. The group meets twice per month and focuses on the many physical and psychological challenges young adults face including: body image, fatigue, fertility, chemo brain, coping with fear of recurrence, sexual desire/intimacy, managing relationships including children and partners, strength building and support systems. Sharing resources and building coping skills are significant aspects of this group.



Cathy Ricketson, LCSW, leads this educational support group for caregivers. Every session will have a theme especially relevant to caregiver issues. Some of those themes will include understanding the role of caregiver, building a support network, self-care and building your self-confidence. This group meets twice per month.


Kathy Benson, LICSW, leads this support group that will meet for 6 sessions. This support group will provide attendees the opportunity to share and process their grief and connect with others.

Client and Caregivers

Marcia Lewin-Berlin, LICSW, leads this group for clients and their caregivers. There are many common issues that people experience when faced with cancer. Often people feel that they are asking too much of their family and friends but especially the need for ongoing daily support. Conversely, the caregiver finds him/herself neglecting their own care and feeling guilty about being overwhelmed with responsibilities. These issues and more are discussed in these meetings where people get as much out of talking about their specific situation as they do when listening to others. This group meets once per month.

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