Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups

Cancer support groups are a place to meet others facing similar issues to give and receive emotional and practical support and exchange information.

PinnacleHealth Young Cancer Survivor Group

The Young Cancer Support Group is reserved for young women who were 45 years old or younger when they were first diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. Women will have an opportunity for sharing personal stories. Events may include guest speakers, open discussions and other activities. The group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the PinnacleHealth Medical Sciences Pavilion (MSP) Community Resource Room.

Please contact Cecily Lamb at (717) 988-1445 with any questions.

Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB)

CLIMB is a program created to provide emotional support for children who have a parent, grandparent or caregiver with cancer. Art projects and group discussion are used to help children identify and express the feelings they may be experiencing. New friendships and bonds are created with other young ones going through a similar experience. CLIMB was developed by The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the emotional support of children who have a loved one with cancer, and CLIMB is led by PinnacleHealth Cancer Institute social workers.

To register or for more information about the CLIMB program, contact the PinnacleHealth social worker at (717) 724-6790.

Support for Persons with Oral Head and Neck Cancer

PinnacleHealth is pleased to join SPOHNC as a local chapter, one of only 100 in the country. SPOHNC concentrates on providing current information for oral and head and neck cancer patients who are trying to gain a better understanding of their illness and their lives. Our support group helps to increase awareness of the many ongoing issues related to head and neck cancer and to address the broad medical, emotional and humanistic needs of patients empowering each to take an active role in his or her recovery.
This cancer group will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Conference Room 2 at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital at 6 p.m. The contact person for this support group is Debra K Witwer, RN, BSW and can be reached at  (717) 920-4190

Caregiver Support Group

This cancer support group is open to  the families of our current inpatients at the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital on Community Campus.  Lynn Shick runs the group every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 5-6 p.m.

Survivorship & Support Group

Survivorship begins at the time of a cancer diagnosis and continues throughout life. This informal group is open to anyone who is a cancer survivor and their caregiver. The main purpose is to exchange ideas, information and encouragement with each other. Guest speakers may be included. Light refreshments will be served. The group meets on the 1st Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in the PinnacleHealth Medical Sciences Pavilion (MSP) Community Education Room on the first floor. Please call (717) 724-6790 for more information.


Thrive! is a member-driven support group for any woman who has been affected by cancer – from those who have recently been diagnosed with the disease, to those undergoing treatment, to those who have been cured ... as well as those family members and friends who are affected as caregivers. Classes are located at PinnacleHealth Trist├ín Radiology Specialists,4518 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA.
For more information, contact Jacquie Luchi at: (717) 652-1438 X4150

To learn more about other cancer support groups, click here or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.