Cancer Education and Networking Support Groups


2014 Calendar for Cancer Care Institute

Brain Tumor Support Group
A support group for patients and family members diagnosed with benign and malignant brain tumors. The group meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday every other month. For details, call 217-876-6784 or register online.

Central Illinois Us TOO! Prostate Cancer
A free monthly support group for cancer patients and spouses. The group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feeling and information. For details, call 217-876-4750 or register online.

The group meets at 4:30 - 6:30p.m, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, excluding December
Location: Cancer Care Center of Decatur
210 W McKinley Ave.
Enter through back entrance -
"Education Classroom
Complementary Medicine"

Eat Right to Help the Fight
A free monthly support program to learn how to stay healthy during cancer treatment, which includes both optimal medical care and nutrition care.

  • Learn how to meet your body's needs and cope with low appetite, weight loss, taste changes, nausea, and other common symptoms of cancer treatment.
  • Learn how to increase your protein intake and/or calories .
  • Everyone gets a free 8 oz high calorie high protein smoothie--different every week!!

Classes presented by a clinical dietitian and will be 30 minutes and will conclude with a question and answer session.

The group meets from 11-11:30 am on the 2nd Monday of each month
Location: Cancer Care Center of Decatur
210 W. McKinley Ave, Decatur, IL 62526
Family Waiting Room in the Infusion Area
Please call 217-876-4750 or register online.

Facing Cancer Together
A free monthly support group for cancer patients and their families. The group offers an opportunity to share thoughts, feeling and information. Together, people with cancer experience warmth, understanding and support. For details, call 217-876-4750 or register online.

The group meets at 1-2:30p.m., on the 2nd Wednesday
Location: Cancer Care Center of Decatur
210 W McKinley Ave.
Enter through back entrance -
"Education Classroom; Complementary Medicine"

Growing Through Grief
A five-week bereavement education series for family members who have lost a loved one. For details, call 217-876-4735.

Helping Hands
A grief support group for children. Call 217-876-6784 or register online.

HER (Helping Each Other Recover)
Provides information and assistance for the special needs of women diagnosed with breast cancer in Central Illinois. One-on-one assistance is given to those newly diagnosed breast with breast cancer. Call the HER helpline at 217-876-4377 or toll-free 888-456-4377.

HIM (Helping Inquiring Men)
A support group providing one-on-one assistance to newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients. For details, call 876-4735.

Lymphadema Management Program
The Rehabilitation Center provides a lymphadema program for patients that experience abnormal swelling in a body part due to accumulation of lymph fluid in an arm, leg, face, neck, trunk, pelvis or groin. For details call 217-876-2600.

Look Good Feel Better®
A free program offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society and taught by a cosmetologist. The program offers beauty techniques to help women cope with side effects with cancer treatment. Affiliated with the American Cancer Society. For details, call 217-876-6600 or register online.

The classes meet at 6-8p.m., every other month
Location: Cancer Care Center of Decatur
210 W McKinley Ave.
Cancer Care Specialist of Central Illinois
"Conference Room"

Ostomy/Skin Care
An enterostomal therapist is available to care for patients who need help with ostomy, decubitus and skin care. Outpatient appointments are available. For details, call 217-876-2909.

Pink Link - A Breast Cancer Support Group
A group designed to address the needs of women at different stages in the treatment and recovery process. It is a time to share emotions and personal experiences. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. For details, call 217-876-4377 (HERS) or register online.

Renewal Support Group
Renewal is a monthly bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one. The group meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the hospice office. This group is meant to be a continuation of the "Growing Through Grief" series offered in the spring, summer, and fall. For more information, please call 876-6784 or register online..

If you have any questions or are interested in attending any of these programs, call The DMH Cancer Care Institute at 217-876-4750.

For additional support information, call the American Cancer Society 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org

Support Group Questions and Answers