Roswell Park Cancer Institute Offers Support Groups for Young Men and Women Diagnosed with Cancer

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BUFFALO, NY – When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, the support of others is so important. Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has various cancer support groups where patients share experiences and find encouragement.

RPCI’s Young Women’s Support and Networking Group is for young women aged 18-30 who have been diagnosed with cancer. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, 5-6 pm. For more information, please contact Rachel Humphrey, LMSW, or Michelle Spellman, LMSW, at 716/845-8022.

There is also a group for young men. The Young Men’s Support and Networking Group reminds young men diagnosed with cancer who are between the ages of 18 and 35 that they are not alone. Group members gain from the experiences of others and are able to share their own experiences. The group meets every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm. Those interested in attending should RSVP by contacting Teresa Johnson, LCSW at (716) 845-8022 or by emailing teresa.johnson@roswellpark.org.

Both groups meet in RPCI’s Hospitality Room (G550) in the Main Hospital. Free, secure parking in the Radiation parking lot off Oak Street is available. Participation in all support groups is offered free of charge.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org