Cancer Support Groups

Support Groups Cancelled

CHI Health has cancelled our Cancer Support Groups and Programs through June, 2020.

Omaha Metro Area

Support group for patients with brain tumors or brain metastases and their family members. This support group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking with other patients with brain tumors and brain metastases. Register for this Support Group.

Support group for women who have breast cancer and their significant others. This group meets quarterly on the 4th Monday of the month in January, April, July and October. This support group combines group discussion, education, socialization and networking with other breast cancer patients. Register for this support group.

Support group for cancer patients who have cancer related fatigue along with their family members. This support group meets monthly at noon. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking for patients with cancer related fatigue issues. Register for this support group.

This program is an educational, recreational and social program that meets on a monthly basis. Programs are held at local community venues that offer cancer survivors both education and recreation opportunities. The program is open to cancer survivors treated through the CHI Health system along with one guest. The program is free of charge.

This retreat is offered annually for twelve women with breast cancer who have been treated within the CHI Health system. The retreat combines the principles of fly fishing, group discussion, spiritual connection and relaxation in dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. The retreat is offered at St Benedict’s Retreat Center in Schuyler, NE. Register for this retreat.

Support group for individuals with colon and rectal cancer and their families. This group is a combined effort of the American Cancer Society (ACS), CHI Health, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and The Nebraska Medical Center. This support group is offered monthly at the ACS and combines education, group discussion and networking with other colon and rectal cancer patients. Register for this support group.

What soothes the soul and heals the spirit? Come learn about venues that have been helpful to cancer survivors/caregivers along the cancer journey. This is a 3 week series.

This four-week series is a light, fun time enjoying the stress-relieving experience of drumming. No formal training is necessary. What you bring is enough. The program rotates between different CHI Health campus locations at different times throughout the year. You need to have received your cancer treatment within the CHI Health system to attend this program.

This art therapy program is offered for cancer patients and their families dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis. This program utilizes creativity as a means of relieving the stress of living with cancer. This program rotates between the CHI Health Campuses.

This is a four-week beginner’s class offering instruction in jewelry making. This program is a fun and creative outlet for those who have gone through the cancer experience and want to learn how to make something with beads. The program rotates between different CHI Health campus locations at different times of the year. You need to have received your cancer treatment within the CHI Health system to attend this program. Register for this program.

Support group for cancer patients and families. Meets at noon rotating between the CHI Health campuses. This support group combines group discussion, education and socialization with other cancer patients and families.

Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery is a step by step Mindfulness approach to help you cope with treatment and survivorship, and to reclaim your life. This program will teach participants what Mindfulness is. We will be practicing a number of techniques to help you use Mindfulness in your everyday life. Because the program builds upon itself each week, your goal should be to come to all 4 weeks.

This program is offered to cancer patients, families and staff to help in relaxation when experiencing and caring for someone with cancer. Therapeutic Dogs, Inc (TDI) Certified Therapy dogs are available for visitation on a weekly basis on Wednesday afternoon rotating between the Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy and Lakeside campuses. Volunteers who own the dogs accompany them on the visits. Register for this program.

Support group for men who have prostate cancer and their significant others. This group meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday of the month. This support group combines education, group discussion, socialization and networking with other prostate cancer patients. Register for this support group.

Snap and Chat Visual Diaries Group is a 4 week, topic-specific group is designed for people with cancer in their 20's and 30's to use photographs as a means to connect.

This program is for adults who experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. This program is offered as a four-week series, three times a year in September, January and May.  The program provides education about grief and offers caring support for coping with all types of death. This program meets on the Immanuel campus. Learn more.

Come and learn the basics of knitting and meet others who have gone through the cancer experience. This program is offered as a five-week series. The program rotates between different CHI Health campus locations at different times of the year. You need to have received your cancer treatment within the CHI Health system to attend this program. Register for this program.

Join CHI Health tobacco treatment specialists who have extensive experience with tobacco cessation counseling to get the help you need to finally break the habit. The "I Can" Tobacco Cessation programs are designed to educate, encourage and support tobacco users wanting to quit. Individual and group sessions are available. Group sessions consist of a month-long series of classes, one time per week.

CHI Health Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan Cancer Center offers tobacco cessation programming at no charge. It is designed to assist cancer survivors and families develop the tools to succeed in becoming tobacco-free.

CHI Health St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth offers a FREE 12-week program entitled A Time to Heal. This program is designed to help men and women regain physical, emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual strength after undergoing cancer treatment for the first time. You are invited to participate. Call (402) 219-7947
for information on the next session.

Some call it “chemo fog” or “chemo brain;” some call it a nuisance; others call it incapacitating. This “brain fog” following cancer diagnosis can cause a loss of clarity that is both frustrating and life altering. This class is research based and taught in an informative, fun and interactive way that can help you improve the way you think, feel and function after a cancer diagnosis. Participants meet for 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks in a group setting. Call (402) 219-7284 for more information.

First Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Meets in Cancer Care Center, west side of the hospital.

Our breast cancer support group offers an informal atmosphere to discuss your concerns about breast cancer and your treatment. Meet with other women who share your experience. No RSVP is necessary.

For more information, please call (402) 219-5900.

We have partnered with LUX Center for the Arts to offer cancer survivors the opportunity to explore a creative process of self-expression and reflection to help meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and beyond. See dates and times for upcoming classes. Register for classes here.

Third Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Meets in Cancer Care Center, west side of hospital.

Open to individuals touched by any kind of cancer. The group is designed to support cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment and beyond. It offers support, strength and education to move forward together, rather than alone. No RSVP is necessary.

For more information, please call (402) 219-5000.

At the St. Elizabeth Breast Care Center, we believe that simply knowing what to expect can eliminate a lot of anxiety and give you a more positive experience. That’s why we offer the only pre-surgery class in the area. During this free hour-and-a-half class, taught by a breast cancer nurse navigator, you will learn:

  • What to expect before and after surgery
  • Steps you can take to help prevent lymphedema
  • Insurance and breast cancer
  • Understanding your pathology report
  • Resources available through our survivorship program

Meets weekly on Wednesdays. Free and open to patients of St. Elizabeth. Preregistration is required through the CARE office at (402) 219-7123.

Meets the 3rd Thursday, every other month from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Meets in Cancer Care Center, west side of hospital.

Open to anyone facing a metastatic cancer diagnosis and their caregivers and is focused on addressing their needs and concerns. No RSVP is necessary.

Call (402) 219-5000 for next session or more information.

Smoking Cessation: Learn effective techniques to help with cravings and develop a plan to make this significant life change. One-on-one counseling sessions are conducted by our Tobacco Treatment Specialist dedicated to help you succeed. Cost is $15.00 per session. For more information call Tiffany at (402) 219-8093.

CHI Health St. Francis

A Time to Heal is a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help people regain their physical, emotional, and spiritual health after cancer treatment. People who participate in this program receive helpful information about healing, training in coping skills such as relaxation, and opportunities to ask questions and share insights with facilitators, expert faculty, and other survivors. As a result, they may feel better emotionally and physically. Men and women who have completed surgery and chemotherapy and/or radiation for a first diagnosis of cancer are eligible. People with additional serious health issues may not be eligible. Each participant may bring a family member or friend to participate. The CHI Health Regional Cancer Center also offers A Time to Heal classes that are exclusively for breast cancer survivors. The A Time to Heal program is lead locally by certified facilitators from St. Francis. Please call (308) 398-5450 for upcoming class dates and times.

Some call it “chemo fog” or “chemo brain.” Some call it a nuisance, while others call it incapacitating. This mental fog following cancer diagnosis and/or treatment occurs in as much as 75 percent of patients. Those affected describe a loss of clarity that is both frustrating and life altering.

Based on theories of neuroplasticity, the techniques and strategies taught in this program are designed to help shape the brain to function at maximum capacity. These strategies teach people how to use education and self-awareness to maximize current cognitive performance. The program is taught in an informative, fun, and interactive way that can help you improve the way you think, feel, and function.

Participants meet for 1.5 hours a week for 8 weeks in a group setting. This program is offered at no charge thanks to the generosity of A Time to Heal and St. Francis. Please call (308) 398-5450 for upcoming class dates and times.

This support group is for those diagnosed with multiple myeloma. This group provides support, education, and compassion for patients and their family members. Group members meet the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. in the basement of Home Federal Bank, 3311 W. Strolley Park Road, Grand Island. For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Omel at (308) 381-0289.

CHI Health St. Francis is offering “Freedom from Smoking" tobacco cessation class. Jenny Roush, BSE, of the St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center, and Seann Julian, RRT, of St. Francis Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services, will be the instructors for the class at St. Francis. The cost of the program is $25. Anyone interested can contact Roush at (308) 398-8912.