What is the Cancer Support Community?
Cancer Support Community East Tennessee provides, at no charge, a full range of support services for people affected by cancer and their loved ones in a comfortable, home-like setting. All programs are led by licensed professionals and are complementary to conventional medical treatment. Programs include support groups, health and wellness courses, education workshops, stress management sessions, lectures led by experts in the field of oncology and social gatherings. At our community, people impacted by cancer connect with and support each other through the challenges of cancer so that no one faces cancer alone.
Who is eligible to come to Cancer Support Community and do you need a medical referral?
Any person affected by cancer is eligible to participate in our programs, whether the person with cancer, caregivers, children, or other loved ones. People can participate at any stage of the cancer continuum from diagnosis, treatment, post treatment, survivorship, end-of-life and bereavement.
You do not need a medical referral. Simply call to schedule an orientation, drop-in to our weekly Tuesday Orientation, or RSVP to one of our programs.
Where is Cancer Support Community located?
We are conveniently located at 2230 Sutherland Avenue in the Cherokee Mills building close to the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville. We offer free parking and are on the KAT bus line, making our programs easily accessible to everyone. A map is located on the top of our homepage.
How can Cancer Support Community help me with my cancer diagnosis?
Are you overwhelmed making treatment decisions, coping with the stressors of cancer, dealing with side effects of treatment or maintaining hope? These are common experiences for people affected by cancer. Our programs are designed to help you manage the many challenges of cancer and offer the opportunity to meet other people who who are going through a similar experience.
Do you want more information about your cancer type and treatment options? Browse our lending library, attend education programs from area experts or join a support group to learn from others facing cancer.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the many stressors of a cancer diagnosis? Try one of our exercise or movement classes geared for all fitness levels, attend a Mindfulness Meditation class or sign up for the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction series offered at the beginning of each year.
My family is having a tough time with my diagnosis. What do you offer for them?
We recognize that a cancer diagnosis affects the whole family. That’s why we offer a variety of programs specifically geared for caregivers and children. From Family Support Groups, monthly Kid-to-Kid programs, Family Fun Saturdays and Kid Support Camp, Cancer Support Community endeavors to meet the needs of everyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.
Are medical services or advice available at Cancer Support Community?
Cancer Support Community East Tennessee does not employee medical staff, and we do not offer medical services, advice or referrals. However, we provide regular educational forums, workshops and lectures with cancer experts and other health care professionals.
What is the cost? How are your programs funded?
All programs are offered free of charge. This is possible only through the generous contributions from our community partners like area hospitals and treatment centers, individuals, corporations and foundations. We also host fundraising events throughout the year to raise the dollars necessary to ensure our programs remain at no cost to people impacted by cancer.
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