Free virtual support groups offered for cancer patients

OhioHealth and Cancer Support Community Central Ohio are partnering on a free series of virtual support groups for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families.

The six-week sessions will run six times during 2021 and will cover a variety of topics including:
•First Steps After You’re Diagnosed: Learning a New Language
•Resources to Partner with Your Healthcare Team
•Communicating with Your Family Through Cancer
•Coping with Side Effects
•Proper Nutrition and Staying Active
•Managing the Emotions of Cancer

Participants are welcome to join the group at any point and can join missed sessions during another series. The groups are led by a licensed social worker from Cancer Support Community Central Ohio with the support of an OhioHealth cancer nurse navigator.

“We are thankful to Cancer Support Community Central Ohio for partnering with us to provide this important service to our cancer patients,” said Lisa Ahonen, OhioHealth system program director, supportive cancer care. “Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an emotional experience that comes with many questions for the patient and their family. Joining a support group, such as this series, can help them find answers and connect with people who are experiencing the same thing they are.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with OhioHealth to provide this series of support and education programs for newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families,” said Bev Soult, president and CEO, Cancer Support Community Central Ohio. “The best cancer treatment combines medical treatment with support and education to help address with the emotional and behavioral concerns that accompany a cancer diagnosis. We applaud OhioHealth for its commitment to delivering exceptional care for cancer patients and their families to achieve a better quality of life.”

The series is free, but those interested in joining must register to get a secure Zoom link for each event. Registration is available by visiting or calling 614-884-4673.

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