Original Air Date: Tue, May 29th 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST


Cancer survivors are more than twice as likely to have mental health problems compared to adults without cancer. According to The National Cancer Institute, up to 25% of cancer survivors experience symptoms of depression and up to 45 % experience anxiety. It is important that cancer survivors with mental health conditions have access to support services and systems to assist them in navigating their post-diagnosis journey.

Support groups can be an essential aspect of care for patients and their caregivers, family and friends. Many behavioral health organizations already run support groups for various mental health conditions and have the infrastructure in place to provide psychosocial support to cancer patients and survivors in a setting with which they are familiar.

Watch this webinar recording to explore the importance and benefits of cancer survivorship support groups in behavioral health settings. Best practices for treating the psychosocial needs of cancer survivors will be discussed. This webinar was originally hosted as part of the 2018 Master Class Community of Practice.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance and benefits of cancer survivorship support groups and how they could be beneficial in behavioral health settings.
  • Discuss models for establishing cancer survivorship support groups and how they can be adapted to fit different settings.
  • Discuss tactics that can be employed to grow and sustain cancer survivorship support groups.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Stacey Balkanski, Gilda’s Club, South Florida
  • Rebecca McIntyre, MA, M.Ed., LCSW, Oncology Therapist, Inova Life with Cancer, Inova Schar Cancer Institute
  • Ali Vogt, Manager of Psychotherapy Programs at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center

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