Cancer Support Group
OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group
3401 Ludington Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
Map & Directions
Address questions about this event to
Joanna Wilbee-Amis at 906 233-4204.
Cancer Support Group
For patients and survivors
Expansion of Oncology services to include support group
OSF St. Francis Hospital is pleased to extend its oncology services to include a cancer support group. Receiving a cancer diagnosis creates many emotions. Many people feel shock, anger or disbelief and some feel intense fear and sadness. Some peple feel all of these things. Even the most supportive family members may not understand how it feels to have cancer and this can cause some people to feel alone or isolated.
Cancer support groups offer a safe space for people to talk about their own experiences living with cancer or living in remission. Often people are only comfortable sharing these experiences with others who understand what they are going through. This can help reduce stress and give people a sense of being understood and not alone.
Support group members may also share information about what to expect during treatment, helpful tips to manage side effects of treatment. They may also share which ways they found helpful to communicate with their family members and health care teams. This sharing can give members a feeling of more control over their situation.
Monthly Cancer Support Group
Cancer support group will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Cancer patients, survivors and a support person are welcome to attend. Oncology Nurse Navigator, Jill Deno will lead the support group. Jill is also a breast-cancer survivor and brings to the group both her personal experience and professional background in oncology services. Additionally, Manager of Ambulatory Care and Oncology, Ashley Peterson helps lead support groups. Ashley is also a cancer survivor, bringing again both compassion and understanding and a clinical background to the group. Support group is virtual. It begins at 6 p.m. and ends by 7:30 p.m.
Special Instructions: COVID
The support group is pleased to return to an in-person format. Physical distancing will be in place and masks are required in healthcare setting per CDC guidelines. Please contact Jill Deno with any questions via email at Jillayne.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (906) 786-5707 or (906) 233-4140.