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Support Groups

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

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For multiple myeloma cancer patients and caregivers.
Refreshments provided.
For more information, please contact: Inez Lensch at or (319) 298-9347.

Third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room

T E A M:  Talking Exclusively About Mets

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For patients with cancer that has metastasized.

Are you someone that has any type of cancer that has spread (metastatic)? Would you like to join a group in which you would feel comfortable just sitting around a table and sharing with others who are "in the same boat"? Come and share some good conversation and enjoy a snack together. For more information, call (319) 365-HOPE (4673) or (800) 642-6329.

Fourth Monday of each month from 2-3 p.m.

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room

Together We Care

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Together We Care is a support group for children ages 6-12 who have a loved one experiencing cancer. This three-week session offers a structured and supportive environment where children learn coping skills and  self-care strategies, as well as connect with other children who are experiencing a similar life-altering event. Sessions 1 & 2 are just for kids; Session 3 is for kids and their family members. For more information or to register, call (319) 369-4482.

Three-week sessions from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in 2014
* First offering: April 1, 8 & 15
* Second offering: June 3, 10 & 17
* Third offering: September 16, 23 & 30

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

Cancer Support Group 

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Kris Sargent, Nurse Navigator, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center: (319) 398-6452

A support group for cancer patients, their caregivers, family members or anyone who has been touched by cancer.

6:30-7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month

First Presbyterian Church - Fellowship Hall
309 1st Street
Mt. Vernon, Iowa 52314

Us TOO Support Group

More Information: (319) 365-HOPE (4673) or (800) 642-6329

"Us TOO" is a support group for those with a history of prostate cancer. Please feel free to bring a support person. Refreshments are provided.

7-8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room at Mercy Medical Center

Especially for You® Support Group 

More Information: (319) 365-HOPE (4673) or (800) 642-6329

After-breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room at Mercy Medical Center.

Gems of Hope

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Gems of Hope Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers gifts of jewelry mounted on inspirational cards to cancer patients. The patients are invited, along with family and friends, to attend workshops to create these works of art for others. Gems of Hope provides unique opportunities for patients to connect with others. Exposure to inspirational quotes and access to a resource library become the true gems that patients can carry through their treatment and beyond.

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Cancer Really Sucks is a website designed for teenagers by teenagers who have loved ones facing cancer. This could be family members or friends diagnosed with cancer. With a mission to help teens deal with questions and emotions of cancer, the Cancer Really Sucks website provides strategies to cope. Teens are able to post stories about their situations & questions on the Message Board link, speak with other teens through a monthly live chat and find strategies to cope under the "How to Deal" link.

What About Us?

More Information: (319) 393-9681

What About Us? is a free program that meets for a half day on a Saturday. The children’s group is facilitated by social workers with special training in cancer counseling. The children participate in activities and projects designed to help them understand and express their feelings. At the end of each session, the children participate in yoga giving the social workers the opportunity to meet with the parents.

The Mercy Cancer Hopeline

If you need information on cancer or have questions, call the Mercy Cancer Hopeline at (319) 365-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-642-6329 and talk to one of our knowledgeable Nurse Educators. This service is free, and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Courageous Stories

Brita LoynachanBrita's heart and drive of a champion helped her overcome a battle against breast cancer.

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To discuss treatments call (319) 365-HOPE (4673)