An important part of the healing process!
Support groups have been proven to be an important component of wellness. In the last decade, research has shown that membership in groups improves overall quality of life. Psychological distress is reduced with ongoing participation. Groups provide in informal and supportive atmosphere in which to share common treatment experiences, coping strategies and feelings.
At the Dance Center there are two groups, each with a different focus. The groups seek to provide education and information about the disease along with a forum for open discussion. Patients may attend more than one group. Caregivers, family members, and significant others are welcome (and are encouraged) to attend.
The Patient & Family Support Group
The group is open to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck, their family members and significant others. The group is co-led by the Center's Social Worker and Head & Neck Rehabilitation Nurse in an effort to provide a supportive atmosphere in which to share feelings associated with your diagnosis. All meetings are held in the Physician's Pavilion East Conference Center on the third floor (main floor) of Physician's Pavilion East at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Dress is comfortable and casual, and beverages are served. Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cancer Survivor's Guide to Nutrition: Lecture Series
As cancer treatment continues or comes to an end, you may wonder what foods you should be eating. It may be time to develop new lifestyle behaviors in regard to nutrition and physical activity. Join in for a monthly lecture and discussion on the importance of nutrition and physical activity in cancer recovery and prevention. Each month, a new topic is discussed. Topics range from choosing whole foods, sugars and sweeteners, understanding food labels and nutrition claims, use of supplements, etc. This is a free patient service open to patients and family members of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center and the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute and Breast Center at GBMC. Light fare and refreshments are served and parking is complimentary. To reserve your spot, please call: Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, CNSD at 443-849-8186. Learn more.
If you would like to talk to someone about any of our support groups, or to be added to our support group mailing list, please call 443-849-2980 or send an email.