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Presbyterian Medical Center Services Cancer Programs, classes & events

A helping hand
is never too far away

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center offers a wide range of programs, classes and support groups that are designed to meet the needs of you and your loved one during your journey with cancer.


Classes and programs


NEW! A celebration, to honor and remember special loved ones and friends

Join Novant Health Foundation for a celebration to honor and remember people near and dear to our donors’ hearts. Survivors and families who contribute a gift of $1,000 or more to support cancer, heart or hospice services can place a name on a tile in honor or memory of someone special. The celebration will highlight newly installed tiles on the remembrance wall, along with a recognition celebration. A light lunch will be served after the celebration.

To learn how to give or for more information, call Kathy Brown, Novant Health Foundation Presbyterian Medical Center, at 704-384-4048 or email kkbrown@NovantHealth.org.

When: Friday, September 25 at 11:30 p.m.  
Location: Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth Courtyard, Novant Health Presbyerian Medical Center

NEW! Memory keeping through artistic expression

Memory keeping can be a positive and creative way  to express and reflect on life's experiences. Through the use of journaling, collage and list-making, participants are shown various techniques to create lasting keepsakes. 

When: First Tuesday of each month at 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center.

For more information, call 704-384-5223.

Imagery for participating in your own healing process

Join us for a series to help you develop tools to enhance the healing process. Learn to incorporate techniques such as imagery, strengthening your will to live through visualization, learning and relaxation techniques.
When: Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call 704-384-5223.

NEW! Cancer transitions: Moving beyond treatments

This program targets many of the physical, psychosocial and practical issues that you and your loved ones may face now that cancer treatment is over. The four class series will empower you to reach a higher quality of life with improved lifestyle skills and habits.

    2015 fall series:
    Location: Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
    Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center
    When: Tuesday nights 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Dates: September 22, 29 & October 6, 13

    2016 spring series:
    Location: Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center
    When: Tuesday nights 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22

    Lymphedema risk reduction

    Cancer survivors at risk of swelling due to surgery or radiation are invited to learn ways to reduce their risk of developing lymphedema.

      Upcoming dates:
    • September 2, 6:00 p.m. (Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Private Dining Room)
    • October 21, 6:00 p.m. (Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Community Room C&D)
    • October 22, 2015, 6:00 p.m. (Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, 125 Baldwin)

    Survivorship education series

    Call 704-384-4400 or visit NovantHealth.org/cancercalendar to register.

    Starting the cancer journey

    Designed for newly diagnosed cancer survivors and caregivers, this class provides a great intro to the world of cancer. Join us to learn basic information, connect to resources and meet members of your healthcare team. Participants receive a gift package with tools to promote health and wellness. To register, please call 704-384-4400.

      Upcoming dates:
    • August 4, 5:30 p.m. (Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center)
    • September 24, noon (Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, Community Room A&B)
    • October 27, noon (Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Private Dining Room)

    • NEW! Huntersville support group

      Offers general support to adults with cancer and those love and care for them.

      When: Third Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
      Location: Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, Physicians Plaza, Room 380.

      To register, call 704-384-3513.


      Drumming circle: Drumming to a BEAT

      Drum circles have long been used to bring people together. Discover what it can do for you. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Please call 704-384-5223 to register.

      Massage for cancer survivors

      Relax and recover with licensed massage therapists with special training in oncology. Call 704-384-6953 to schedule an appointment.
      Cost: $30 (half-hour) or $60 (full hour)

      CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery)

      Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB) is a group dedicated to the emotional support of children ages 6-12 who have parents or grandparents with cancer. Our program leaders are specially trained to work with children and address their special needs. Sessions include two groups, one for children ages 6 to 12 and one for their parents. Free dinner is included for parents and children but registration is required. Please call to inquire about our next four-week session: 704-316-0018.

      NEW! Strides to Strength

      An ongoing cancer wellness and fatigue management program to improve physical and emotional recovery for all survivors undergoing treatment or recovery from its effects. Call 704-384-6953 for more information.
      Cost: $10/class or $25/month
      Location: Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center

      NEW! Yoga for cancer survivors

      Classes cater to a variety of survivor needs and skill levels. Call 704-384-6953 for more information.
      Cost: $10/per class or $25/month
      Location: Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center

      Support groups

      Support services are available through Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center and include individual and family counseling, special programs for kids and teens and small group meetings. For information on any of our support groups, please call 704-384-5223. The support groups we offer include:

      • Individual and family counseling

        We offer individual and group counseling to help you and your family after a cancer diagnosis. To schedule an appointment, please call toll free at 1-800-998-4673 or 704-384-5223.

      • ALL OUT (Always Living Life with Our Own Unique Twist)

        For teens and young adults with cancer.
        When: Fourth Thursday of the month
        Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
        Call 704-384-3156 to learn more.

      • Bereavement Support Group

        This group is offered to family and friends who have lost a loved one.
        When: Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and first and third Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

      • "Bosom Buddies" Breast Cancer Support Group

        This group is for breast cancer patients only. A pot luck lunch is offered on the second Wednesday of every month.
        When: Each Wednesday
        Time: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

      • Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group

        This group is for women with triple negative breast cancer.
        When: Third Tuesday of the month
        Time: 7:00 p.m.

      • Caregiver Connections

        This group is for caregivers, and it gives them the chance to take a moment for themselves and rejuvenate.
        When: Fourth Thursday of the month, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

      • Colorectal Cancer Support Group

        This group is open to anyone with a colorectal cancer diagnosis.
        When: First Monday of the month, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

      • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Family Support Group

        This group is for families of blood cancer patients.
        When: First Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

      • Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

        Call 704-841-0728 for dates and times.

      • Prostate Cancer Support Group

        This group is open to anyone who is diagnosed with prostate cancer.
        When: Second Monday of the month.
        Call 704-384-5223 for starting times.

      • Thyroid Cancer Support Group

        This group is open to adults, family members and friends diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
        When: Third Saturday of the month, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

      • Lending Boutique:

        Your borrowing resource for wigs, scarves, hats, turbans, bras and prostheses. Donations welcome! Offered at multiple locations.

      • Bereavement support:

        Groups are open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Call 704-384-6478 to register for groups held on Fridays or groups located in Matthews and Huntersville.

        • Charlotte: Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
        • Matthews: Levine Senior Center in Matthews, second and fourth, Mondays, 5:00 p.m.; second and fourth Fridays, 10:00 a.m.
        • Huntersville: Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center: Call 704-384-6478 for times.


      • Look good, feel better

        A special program sponsored by the American Cancer Society that offers support to help women deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments.

        • Charlotte: Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, first and fourth Mondays
        • Matthews: Matthews Medical Center, July 20, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
        • Huntersville: Huntersville Medical Center, July 16, Sept. 14 and Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to noon


         


        Online support

        You can also access support online by visiting our Facebook Cancer Support Group.

        For more information or to sign up for one of our support groups, please call 704-384-5223. Please view our online calendar of programs, classes and events for detailed information.