Support Groups & Programs


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Marian Fryer, a breast cancer survivor treated at Holy Cross Hospital, found comfort and strength in the hospital's breast cancer support group.

At Holy Cross Hospital, we understand that the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis can often be as hard to deal with as the physical side. Recent studies have shown that people being treated for cancer who participate in support groups often report having a better quality of life than those who don't participate.

We encourage patients with cancer, as well as their support network of family and friends, to consider taking part in one of our cancer support groups, offered at the hospital and in locations within the Silver Spring community. At these groups, people can discuss their feelings, share their fears and learn how to cope better with their condition.

Support Group for Latinas with Cancer
This group meets the last Wednesday of each month, at Holy Cross Health Center in Gaithersburg, located at 702 Russell Ave, Suite #100, Gaithersburg, Md., from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, call Claudia Campos at Nueva Vida at 202-223-9100.

Look Good...Feel Better
If you have started a course of radiation or chemotherapy treatment, you may experience temporary changes in the appearance of your skin and hair. With Look Good...Feel Better, you will learn about new hairstyles, skin care, cosmetics tips and nail care.

Register online or call 301-754-8800.

Ovarian and Gynecologocial Cancer Support Group
For patients and survivors looking for support, information and hope. This group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Hospital Professional and Community Education Center, located at 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

For more information, please call 301-557-1850.

THYCA: Thyroid Cancer Support Group
ThyCa Washington, D.C., is a mutual-help support group open to all thyroid cancer survivors and families. This group is affiliated with Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. (ThyCa).

For more information, please call 301-557-1850.

Support for Families of Cancer Patients
A diagnosis of cancer affects not only the cancer patient, but the family as well. A cancer diagnosis may impact the family's financial, social and emotional wellbeing. The Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute has a social worker who is available to family caregivers to provide support, direction and information and referral services-at no cost.

For a telephone consultation, please call 301-557-1850.

Support for Children of Cancer Patients
When a parent has been diagnosed with cancer, sometimes the most worrying questions are "How do I tell my children? What do I tell them?" When do I tell them?" To talk these concerns over, the Holy Cross Hospital Cancer Institute social worker is available-at no charge.

For a telephone consultation, please call 301-557-1850.