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Support Groups

Thyroid Cancer Support Group

For thyroid patients and caregivers

For more information, call Jamie at (319) 481-2563 or email

First Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Resource Library

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

More Information:
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

St. Peregrine Prayer Group

Heal your spirit through prayer! Open to all religious beliefs.

Every Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Small Stones Reflection Room at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

Together We Care

More Information:
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 Brenda Gordley at (319) 369-4466.

For information about date and time, please call (319) 365-HOPE.

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center

Cancer Support Group 

More Information:
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 Prostate Cancer Support Group

More Information:

Brenda Werner, Nurse Navigator, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center: (319) 329-8373

"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.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month

Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room at Mercy Medical Center

Especially for You® Breast Cancer Support Group 

More Information:

Sallie Buelow, Nurse Navigator, Hall-Perrine Cancer Center: (319) 213-4439

After-breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 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.

Follow Brita's Story

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