Group support for all cancer patients in their 20s, 30s and early 40s is available at the Laurel Amtower Cancer Institute. Meetings provide patients with any type of cancer the opportunity to socialize, share experiences and grow.
Two different support groups are available for this age bracket depending on your stage of cancer treatment — one for patients in stage 0-3 and another for patients with advanced cancer (stage 4).
Please note, these support groups are for cancer patients only. Family and friends may attend other cancer support groups offered by Sharp HealthCare.
Registration is required prior to attending.
To register and to find out if this support group is right for you, please contact the program manager by providing your name and email address in the "Learn More" box above. Someone will contact you within two business days.
Free parking is available for this support group in the parking structure on Health Center Drive. Please bring your parking ticket to the meeting and it will be validated by the group facilitator.
Young Patients Stage 0-3 Support Group
Marlene Wendel, MA, MSW, is a medical social worker.
Young Patients Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group
Cara Allen, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified oncology social worker and licensed therapist at Sharp HealthCare. She is the winner of the Sharp Social Worker of the Year and Sally Breuner Haugh Spirit of Caring awards.
Topics vary each session and focus on the challenges of living with cancer, including hope, fear, family and transitions. In addition, resources specific to young patients are shared.