Support Groups

Amputee Support Group
For amputees with/without cancer, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals. Led by Dr. John Steinberg, DPM. 
Second Thursday of every month • 5:30-7:30 pm
(202) 444-3059

GI Cancer Resource and Support Group
For patients, family, and caregivers of patients with GI cancers.
First and Third Monday of the month at 11 am
Please call first to check location and to discuss how the group can meet your needs.
Leonard Ellentuck, MSW, LICSW OSW-C  
(202) 444-6288

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Third Monday of each month • 1:30-3pm
Call Joanne Assarsson, LICSW OSW-C to register 
(202) 444-3755

Hemophilia and Other Complications
(HIV +, Hepatitis C, etc.) Support Group
For more information, contact Lauren Fredston-Hermann, MSW
(202) 687-5560

Look Good…Feel Better
An education program to address appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
Fourth Monday of each month (No class August/December)• 9:30-11:30 am • Registration required
Call Joanne Assarsson, LICSW OSW-C 
(202) 444-3755

Social workers from Medstar Georgetown University Hospital also facilitate several support groups at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts:

Cancer Support Group
Weekly on Mondays
No Group October 12 or December 28
Facilitated by Joanne Assarsson, LICSW
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D.C. Young Adult Cancer Community
Young Adult Cancer (YACS) at Smith Center welcomes young adults at all stages of treatment and survivorship, including those who are newly diagnosed, currently in treatment, any stage of post-treatment as well as the caregivers and friends who support them.
Monthly on Sundays
5:00-6:30 pm
Facilitated by Jennifer Bires, LICSW, Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C, & Joanne Assarsson, LICSW
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