Sharp HealthCare offers two free support groups for men and women living with any type of advanced cancer.
The group that meets at the Barnhart Cancer Center is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker and is open to anyone who is living with stage IV, metastatic or chronic cancer. Various topics will be discussed including thoughts and feelings related to having an incurable cancer, death and dying, finding support, staying hopeful and more. It is also a safe place to talk about whatever else may be on your mind.
The group at Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion is led by a medical social worker and is for patients with metastatic cancer to share experiences and information with each other. The small group discussion focuses on the challenges of living with advanced cancer, including purpose, fear, family and transitions.
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.
Marlene Wendel, MA, MSW, is a medical social worker and facilitates the support group that meets at the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion.
Cara Fairfax, LCSW, leads the group at the Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. She is a licensed clinical social worker and patient navigator.
Group meetings take place on the first and third Thursday of every month at the Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion in Kearny Mesa and the first Friday of every month at the Barnhart Cancer Center in Chula Vista.