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Cancer Support Groups

Support groups are an excellent complement to your medical care. They provide education and help foster emotions that can positively impact the experience of your cancer treatment and recovery.

Held in small group settings, our support groups explore the challenges and concerns of coping with a cancer diagnosis. We offer support groups for patients, care givers, and family members.


Kidscan!For a child whose parent or sibling is seriously ill, our KidsCan! support group offers understanding, comfort, and assurance that they’re not alone.

KidsCan! is a special family support program designed for families with children, between ages 6 and 18, who have a parent, grandparent or caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer. The program provides a safe, nurturing place for children and families to discuss concerns related to cancer diagnosis and treatments while developing healthy coping strategies through planned activities. Children will learn to cope with their emotions in a fun, caring and supportive environment that incorporates art, music, games and group discussion.

Support is provided to the entire family through four unique support sessions: children, teens, adults facing cancer and adults supporting a family member with cancer. These sessions are held simultaneously in separate spaces to provide family members the opportunity to share concerns and experiences among their peers.

KidsCan! is funded through a collaborative effort between Rex Healthcare and a generous grant from the Holt Brothers Foundation. You can make donations to the KidsCan! program via the Rex Healthcare Foundation.

How to participate:

Before joining KidsCan!, families must complete a short assessment to ensure the program will meet their needs. During the assessment session, your family will have an opportunity to discuss your unique situation with a UNC Rex Cancer Care counselor.

Meetings are typically held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Dinner is provided.

For more information, or to register, contact Kimberly Fradel, LCSW, OSW-C via email or at 919-784-6863.

Look Good Feel Better®

UNC Rex Cancer Care has partnered with the American Cancer Society to host workshops in which patients learn how to improve their appearance while they face the challenges of cancer treatment.

Cosmetology professionals help patients discover ways to improve their make-up, nail care, skin care, choice of wigs and scarf or turban cover-up.

Look Good Feel Better meets throughout the year from, 10 a.m. - noon, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. View meeting schedule.

There are additional sessions at other locations across the Triangle. To register for a session, please contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-395-5665.

Rex Cancer Connects Facebook Group

Connect with us!Our private cancer Facebook group allows you to connect with other cancer patients, share stories and talk with others who are going through similar experiences.

This platform allows you to share testimonials, photos and other highlights of your cancer journey in a comfortable digital setting.

Our private Facebook group is designed for patients, family members and caregivers at UNC Rex Cancer Care. Only members of the group will be able to see the information posted online.

Join Rex Cancer Connects now.

Sharing Hope

Sharing Hope is a support group for those who are currently undergoing treatment, have had a recurrence, or are dealing with metastatic disease. This group provides the opportunity to listen to others and provide support by coming together with other patients who know what it's like to have cancer.

Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. - noon on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

For more information, contact Kimberly Fradel, LCSW, OSW-C via email or at 919-784-6863.

Sharing Survivorship

Sharing Survivorship offers patients and caregivers an opportunity to connect in a supportive environment as your care plan shifts focus from treatment to recovery. Focus is given to personal healing and growth during this time.

Topics include:

  • Coping with changes since diagnosis
  • Mixed emotions at the end of treatment
  • Relationship changes
  • Reconnection with self
  • Establishing new routine and normalcy
  • Living with fear of recurrence

Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. - noon on the first Friday of every month.

For more information, contact Kimberly Fradel, LCSW, OSW-C via email or at 919-784-6863.

Schedule an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with UNC Rex Cancer Care, call 919-784-3105.

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