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Support groups are meetings for people with cancer/blood disorders and anyone touched by these diseases. Even though a lot of people receive support from friends and family, many people join a support group to be with others who have similar experiences. Support groups can have many benefits: help you feel better, more hopeful, and not so alone; give you a chance to talk about your feelings and work through them; help you deal with practical problems, such as problems at work or school; help you cope with side effects of treatment; and probably the biggest benefit, gives you the chance to help others during a similar chapter of their life!

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

This support group is open to persons with ovarian or any type of gynecological cancer and survivors as well as their families and friends. The group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For more information, call (515) 241-4231.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Colorectal Cancer Support Group 

For patients and their family members and friends. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). Throughout the year, each member of the Stoddard colorectal cancer multidisciplinary team will speak to the group. For information, call (515) 241-4344.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Life Beyond Breast Cancer Support Group 

A support group for those who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For information, call (515) 241-8505.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Advanced or Recurrent Cancer Support Group 

For anyone whose cancer has progressed to Stage IV. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For information, call (515) 241-4344.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Blood Cancer Family Support Group

For adult patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma or myelodysplastic syndromes and their family and friends. The group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For information, call (515) 241-8505

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Caregiver Support Group 

For caregivers, this group will be a blend of open discussion as well as educational information to help with practical advice and guidance from both healthcare professionals and other caregivers. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 1:30-2:30 on Powell 3 the Hospital Adult Oncology Floor/Unit. For information call (515) 241-4248 or (515) 241-8505.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Prostate Cancer Support Group (Us TOO) 

A national support group for prostate cancer survivors and their families that offers information, counseling and educational meetings. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For information, call (515) 241-4231.

John Stoddard Cancer Center – Support for People With Oral, Head & Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) 

For anyone who has a diagnosis of oral, head or neck cancer. This group is open to patients that are newly diagnosed, currently getting treatment, have completed treatment or at any stage in their cancer journey and to their family members. The group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the John Stoddard Cancer Center in Suite 450 (conference room). For information, call (515) 241-3399.

MercyOne Cancer Center – Women’s Cancer Support Group

Comfort Health Center for Women Education Room held at 1601 NW 114th Street, Clive, Iowa on the 4th Thursday of the month from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.  The cost is free and registration is recommended by calling (515) 222-7460.

MercyOne Cancer Center – Free Smoking Cessation Classes

8-weekly sessions led by trained nurse practitioner.  The time for these sessions is on Tuesday evenings from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the MercyOne East Village Conference Room.  Please register for this class by calling (515) 243-2584.  

MercyOne Cancer Education Series

MercyOne is the host of a cancer education series held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the MercyOne Health & Fitness Center, Conference Room 4, 12493 University Avenue, Clive, Iowa.  The series is free of charge and following the lecture participants are welcome to join in a spin class led by Dr. Deming.  

MercyOne Cancer Center – One-On-One Counselling

In lieu of a support group, MercyOne Cancer Center offers three one-on-one counselling complementary sessions with one of two licensed behavioral health counselors. Call MercyOne Cancer Center resource center at 515-643-8206 or MercyOne Des Moines Behavioral Health Care Clinic at 515-643-9030 to schedule an appointment. 

MercyOne Kimball Ridge Center – Breast Cancer Support Group 

The Touch of Courage support group is designed to assist women dealing with breast cancer through emotional support and education. The group meets the first Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1 of the MercyOne Kimball Ridge Center, 2101 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo. Sessions are free of charge to all participants. For more information, call 319-232-8691.

MercyOne Waterloo Cancer Center – Cancer Support Group

The MercyOne Waterloo Cancer Center offers Care and Share, a support group for individuals, families and friends who are coping with a cancer diagnosis. Care and Share is offered the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center, 200 East Ridgeway, Waterloo, IA. Group discussions are facilitated by a licensed social worker. Sessions are offered free of charge to all participants. For more information call 319-272-2816.

MercyOne Centerville Medical Center – Cancer Support Group

The Cancer Support Group meets monthly on the second Thursday in Conference Room A from 5-7 p.m. MercyOne Centerville Medical Center, One St. Joseph’s Drive Centerville, Iowa 52544.