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Each cancer diagnosis brings with it a unique set of challenges and triumphs. At Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, we offer a variety of different support groups in a unique, caring environment where survivors and caregivers can share their experiences. All groups are facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker with special training in oncology, and individual and family counseling sessions are available if you prefer more private support.
All groups are open to family and friends except for the breast cancer support groups, which are designed for breast cancer patients only. Our staff works in close collaboration with the Novant Health volunteer office, chaplain’s office, community care services, community therapists, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society to provide the most comprehensive cancer support program in the region.
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Our support groups include:
Individual and Family Counseling –
In addition to group support, we offer individual and family counseling to help you and your family members (including children and teens) adjust to the cancer diagnosis and the challenges this diagnosis presents. To schedule an appointment, please call 704-384-5223 or 1-800-998-4673.
Bereavement Support Group –
This group is offered to family and friends who have lost a loved one. Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“Bosom Buddies” Breast Cancer Support Group –
This group meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Guest speakers come on the first Wednesday, and a pot luck lunch is offered on the second Wednesday. This group is for patients only.
Brain Tumor Support Group –
For individuals who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. This group focuses on building coping skills and support. Meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
Caregiver Connections –
Caregivers are invited to drop in at their convenience and take a moment or two to rejuvenate. Meets 4th Thursday at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center.
Colorectal Cancer Support Group –
Open to anyone with a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Meets on the first Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Gynecologic Cancer Support Group –
A support group for women currently diagnosed with gynecological cancer. Meets the second and fourth Monday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Family Support Group –
Families of blood cancer patients are invited to this new support group. Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Look Good, Feel Better –
This program teaches women coping skills for dealing with appearance-related side effects of treatment, which may include hair loss and changes in complexion and fingernails. Sessions and materials are provided at no charge. This program is co-sponsored by the Novant Health ancer Center, American Cancer Society, CTFA Foundation and the National Cosmetology Association. Look Good, Feel Better meets in Charlotte, Huntersville and Matthews.
- Charlotte (Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center): First and fourth Mondays, 10 a.m. – Noon
- Huntersville (Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center): Offered six times a year. Please call 704-384-5223 for an updated schedule.
- Matthews (Novant Health Matthews Medical Center): Offered six times a year. Please call 704-384-5223 for an updated schedule.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group –
Open to women diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Meets the first Tuesday of every month, 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by group session, 1:30-3 p.m.
Mind/Body Techniques to Enhance Healing –
Course teaches stress management and tools to facilitate healing and good preventive health. New sessions start every eight weeks. Meets every Monday, 7-9 p.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group –
The Prostate Cancer Support Group meets the second Monday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thyroid Cancer Support Group –
Open to adults, family and friends diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Meets on the third Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.
In addition, these groups are available especially for children and young adults:
Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery helps kids and families cope with cancer. For children ages 6-12 whose parent or grandparent is undergoing cancer treatment. Meets once per week for six weeks. New sessions start several times per year. For more information or to enroll a child, please contact Jessica Ceremuga at 704-384-0103.
ALL OUT (Always Living Life With Our Own Unique Twist) Blume Teen Group –
Open to teens and young adults with a cancer diagnosis. Meets on the third Monday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Call 704-384-3156 for details.
Living Through Cancer --
Families who have a child with cancer are invited to attend specialized segments designed for patients, siblings and parents. Call 704-384-0103 for more information and meeting times.
For more information or to sign up for one of our support groups, contact us at 704-384-5223.