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Drexel Cancer Care's Support Programs and Services

Support groups are important for helping patients and their families manage the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Through Drexel Cancer Care's support groups, our patients connect with others who are experiencing the same emotional and physical challenges, learn about their diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately find hope.

Support groups not only help patients cope with cancer, but can improve quality of life and, in some cases, increase the chances of survival. Reducing stress may help make medical treatments more effective. Support groups address and reduce the three most significant stresses associated with cancer: loneliness, loss of control, and loss of hope.

Cancer Support Programs

There are several cancer support groups offered throughout the Philadelphia region, many of them sponsored by Drexel Medicine and Drexel University. Offered free of charge, these cancer support programs are open to all patients, their families, and caregivers.

Creative arts therapy

Creative arts therapy is used along with other cancer treatments to help patients cope mentally and physically with their diagnosis. These programs are open to all levels of ability and experience.

  • The art therapy program fosters creative expression through visual artistic media and addresses coping strategies, self-exploration, and inner strength.
  • The music therapy program offers patients the opportunity to listen to or perform music to promote relaxation. Music therapy may provide distraction during treatment, decreasing stress, pain, and anxiety levels, and enhancing quality of life. 

For more information about the creative arts therapy program, please contact Maureen Vita, MA, ATR (art therapy) or Amy Kesslick, MT-BC (music therapy), at 215.762.4451.

Coping Club

The Coping Club is guided by a social worker and is open to patients, families, and caregivers. The Coping Club meets every Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Donatella Richard, MSW, LSW at 215.762.8436, or email

Couple and family therapy

The couple and family therapy program provides individual and family counseling. This program is sponsored through the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions' Programs in Couple and Family Therapy. For more information, please call 215.762.4451.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society support group

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsors educational programs for patients, families, and caregivers. Offered in the Spring and Fall. For more information, please contact Donatella Richard, MSW, LSW at 215.762.8436, or email

Look good/feel better

This program teaches beauty techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment to help them with the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. The look good/feel better program is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation. The group meets the second Monday of every other month (except July and August), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and the location varies. For more information, please contact Donatella Richard, MSW, LSW at 215.762.8436, or email

Men's support group

There is a monthly support group meeting for men with prostate cancer that provides education and an opportunity to meet others with the same diagnosis. Sponsored by Hahnemann University Hospital, the men's support group meets every 4th Wednesday of the month, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Feinstein Building, 5th Floor. For more information, please contact Donatella Richard, MSW, LSW at 215.762.8436, or email

Nutritional services

A registered dietician is available to patients and their families for one-on-one dietary consultations. A series of patient education workshops offer assistance for coping with the nutritional side effects of cancer treatment. Consultations are available as needed.

Patient navigation program

Through one-on-one sessions, an oncology nurse navigator works with patients to help them solve problems and overcome barriers that might keep them from getting the care that they need. This program provides patient education on treatments and side effects, from diagnosis through to cure. For more information, please call 215.762.3343.

Social work services

A full-time licensed social worker is available Monday through Friday for psychosocial support for patients and their families, which includes individual counseling and referrals to appropriate community agencies. For more information, please contact Donatella Richard, MSW, LSW at 215.762.8436, or email

African-American support group for families coping with parental cancer

This support group focuses on African-American families coping with a mother, father, or caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer in the past 12 months. For more information about this program, please contact Maureen Davey, PhD at 215.762.1708, or email

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The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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