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Cancer Center - Cancer Support Programs

Cancer survivorship is about living and managing health after a cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and beyond to post-treatment or maintenance care. Patients, family members and caregivers are all impacted by a diagnosis, and every stage of care has its own demands and challenges. At Sibley, we offer many resources and services to help patients and co-survivors cope with the issues at hand, whether with treatment decision-making , self-care management (through nutrition, stress management, exercise), psychological and relationship concerns, treatment side effects, financial issues, or impact on employment. Helping you achieve a good quality of life, along with excellent cancer treatment, is our goal.

We offer classes in yoga, meditation, social work support, nutrition consults and programs, rehabilitation, informational seminars and more. Contact the survivorship navigator, Pam Goetz, at 202-243-2320 or to learn about resources available to you at Sibley and in the community.

Ongoing Classes 

Mindfulness and Meditation


Join others affected by a cancer diagnosis to learn about and practice Mindfulness Meditation which has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness, improving sleep and boosting the immune system. Open to anyone affected by cancer, including family members and caregivers. For more information, click on link above. 

Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors


Weekly meditative, gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life, and regain sense of self. $7.00 per class; scholarships available. For more information and to register, click on link above. 

Pre and Post-Surgical Bra Fittings

Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
The Serenity Gift Shop
Sibley Hospital, Medical Office Building, First Floor Lobby

For more information, call Lynn Boynton at 202-660-6474.

Special Events

Guided Cancer Nutrition Tour at Whole Foods

Tuesday, August 19, 2-3 p.m. 

Lynda McIntyre, R.D., L.D, will lead a guided supermarket tour focusing on foods that are beneficial during and after cancer treatment. She will share shopping tips and healthy cooking advice while you sample food provided by Whole Food. Space is limited; contact Lynda McIntyre at 202-537-4742 or to register.

Knowledge is Power Seminar: Endometrial Health

Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Join us to learn the latest advance in endometrial health, including updates on symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and surgical options for endometrial cancer. Hear from a survivors’ panel. Space is limited; register here.

Transition after Treatment Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Tuesday, September 16, 5 - 8 p.m. 
Sibley Hospital, Medical Office Building, Conference Room 4 

Occupational therapist and certified lymphedema specialist, Amanda Kane, will talk about the lymphatic system and review the return to daily functional and exercise activities after undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Learn about risks and precautions regarding the potential to develop lymphedema. Margie Stohner, LICSW, will talk about common emotional, physical and relationship concerns that may arise during the post-treatment period and will facilitate discussion about participants’ experiences. Coping strategies to enhance quality of life post-treatment will be discussed. To register or for more information, contact Margie Stohner, LICSW, at 202-686-6335 or

9th Annual Prostate Cancer Symposium: Knowledge is Power—New and Future Blood and Urine Tests for Prostate Cancer

Monday, September 22

Suburban Hospital
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Presentation 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

Our guest speaker, Alan Partin, M.D., the David Hall McConnell Professor and director and urologist-in-chief at the Brady Urological Institute of Johns Hopkins University, is a world–renowned authority on prostate cancer.  His research focuses on the development and testing of methods for predicting the aggressiveness of prostate cancers with the goal of enhancing treatment decision-making by patients and physicians. Space is very limited; registration is required. Register online at or call 301-896-3939. 

Look Good…Feel Better

Monday, September 22  & November 24, 1 - 3 p.m.

Sibley Hospital

Women cancer patients in active treatment are invited to join us for Look Good…Feel Better. This program will show you how to combat the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Cosmetologists will demonstrate how to cope with skin changes and hair loss. Offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. Registration required. Register at  or contact Pam Goetz at or 202-243-2320.

Surviving Survivorship: Living with Cancer—A conference for patients and caregivers

Saturday, October 11, Noon - 4 p.m.

BWI Airport Marriott

Join us for this annual conference designed to address your unique needs as a cancer survivor or family member. William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins will present a future vision of cutting edge cancer treatment and research. Workshops will be offered on taming worry and anxiety, the challenges of caregiving, the art of thriving, survivorship from the physician’s view, yoga, the needs of the spirit and restoring your self-image. Parking, lunch and the program are all provided at no cost. Space is limited, register by October 1 with Barry Miller at 410-955-8934. 

Principles of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Monday, October 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

Suburban Hospital

Join Ravi A. Madan, M.D., clinical director of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch at the National Cancer Institute, to learn how this exciting new approach differs from other therapeutic interventions and how it can benefit patients. Offered as part of the ongoing Prostate Cancer Support Group. For more information call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837.

16th Annual "Living with Breast Cancer" Symposium: Making Healthy Choices

Saturday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. - Noon 

Suburban Hospital

After a diagnosis of breast cancer, many women decide to incorporate healthy eating, exercise and other changes into their lives.  It can be difficult to know which recommendations are healthy and which are hype. Join cancer nutrition consultant Lynda McIntyre, R.D., L.D.; lymphedema specialist, Janet Sobel and a Whole Foods healthy eating specialist, who will provide advice on strategies to help decrease the risk of recurrence, improve the immune system and optimize health.  Open to all breast cancer survivors, family and friends. Breakfast will be provided.  Registration required; visit or call 301-896-3939.

Support Groups

Coping with Advanced Cancer

2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 11 a.m. — 12 p.m.
Sibley Hospital, Medical Building, Radiation Oncology

  • January 13 & 27
  • February 10 & 24
  • March 10 & 24

This ongoing twice-monthly support group is for people living with advanced or metastatic cancer. The open discussions are facilitated by Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW, LGSW and Emily Sower, NP-C, ACHPN. To RSVP or get more information, call Liz Carrino-Tamasi at 202-243-2274.

Gynecologic Oncology Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Sibley Renaissance Building, 4th floor, Sullivan Breast Center

  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Sibley Memorial Hospital offers a monthly gynecologic oncology support group where patients can meet others going through similar experiences and gain support and friendship. To RSVP or get more information, call Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW at 202-243-2274 or Antoinette Solnik, RN at 202-660-4179.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

3rd  Monday of the month, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Suburban Hospital

This ongoing, monthly support group is open to all prostate cancer patients, their families and friends and provides an opportunity to gain new knowledge and share common concerns. Guest speakers alternate with informal discussions among participants. Drop-ins welcome. For information call Susan Jacobstein at 301-896-6837.

Women in Treatment for Breast Cancer

2nd Wednesday of the month, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sibley Renaissance Building (4th floor), Patient Care Services Conference Room

  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

Support group for women in treatment for breast cancer includes the opportunity to learn relaxation techniques, imagery and cognitive coping skills to enhance stress management. Shared experiences are an important part of these sessions. To RSVP or get more information, contact Margie Stohner, LICSW at 202-686-6335 or

Young Adults with Cancer Support Group

4th Tuesday of the month, 4 - 5 p.m.
Sibley Renaissance Building, Sullivan Breast Center


  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December 23

Sibley Memorial Hospital offers a monthly support group designed for any cancer survivor in their 20s or 30s. The group provides a place where patients can meet with others going through similar experiences and gain support and friendship. To RSVP or get more information, call Liz Carrino-Tamasi, MSW at 202-243-2274.

If you have any questions about these ongoing events, please contact Pam Goetz at 202-243-2320 or
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