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 & programs
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. To register, please call 704-384-3516.
Living through cancer Charlotte (formerly called Support for the Journey)
Join us to network, gain insight, information and support from other survivors. This group is particularly helpful for those who are newly diagnosed. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center. For more information, please call 704-384-5223.
Drumming circle: Drumming to a BEAT
Drum circles follow an ancient tradition of bringing people together. Drumming can be a wonderful outlet for handling stress for patients, family and friends. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Please call 704-384-5223 to register.
Exercise and nutrition
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising during and after cancer treatment can actually help you reduce your risk of recurrence and improve your quality of life! Join our cancer exercise physiologist and our oncology nutrition specialist to learn about incorporating both into your care plan. For more information, please call 704-384-4400. Please register using our online calendar.
Charlotte: March 26
Huntersville: March 21
Matthews: March 14
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. This program is free but does require registration. To register, please call 704-384-4400 or use our online calendar.
Charlotte: March 17 ; April 21
Huntersville: April 16
Matthews: check back soon
Strategies for surviving
A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, and it's common to experience emotions such as anxiety, depression and fear of recurrence. Join us to learn about and practice three effective coping strategies. This program is free but does require registration. To register, please call 704-384-4400 or use our online calendar.
Charlotte: March 11
Huntersville: March 10
Matthews: check back soon
Managing side effects of treatment
Most cancer survivors experience at least one form of side effect during treatment, if not more. The good news is there are things that you can do to manage symptoms such as chemo brain, pain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, hot flashes and more. This program is free but does require registration. To register, please call 704-384-4400 or use our online calendar.
Charlotte: April 11
Huntersville: check back soon
Matthews: check back soon
Understanding financial, legal and insurance concerns
Whether you have questions about insurance coverage, payment plans, financial applications, estate planning, or advance directives, our experts can help you sort through steps needed to make your arrangements go smoothly. This program is free but does require registration. To register, please call 704-384-4400 or use our online calendar.
Charlotte: Feb. 25 ; April 2
Huntersville: April 28
Matthews: check back soon
Lymphedema risk reduction
This special program is for cancer survivors who are at risk of swelling due to cancer surgery or radiation; learn about causes and ways to decrease your risk of developing lymphedema. This program is free but does require registration. To register, please call 704-384-4400 or use our online calendar.
Charlotte: April 24
Huntersville: Feb. 27
Matthews: April 24
Oyster Roast and Crawfish Boil fundraiser
Enjoy a delicious Lowcountry menu, dancing and fun while raising money for Novant Health Cancer Care. $100/ticket. March 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Charlotte home of Hayes Woollen, MD. Please call 704-384-7337 for tickets.
Get Your Rear in Gear 5K
Join us for the 5th annual 5K that raises money to provide early detection and support services for colorectal cancer. Most of the proceeds stay local to help survivors. March 8; registration begins at 7 a.m., Independence Park in Charlotte. Visit Gyrig.com for more information.
Inaugural Wine and Wigs event
Amped-4-a-Cure’s Music that Heals program presents this inaugural event that benefits the lending boutique at Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center. Join us to try on wigs while enjoying wine tasting, appetizers and live music. $35/ticket. March 18, 7 to 10 p.m. at Label (at N.C. Music Factory). Visit wineandwigs.yeemtix.com for more information.
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.
Bereavement Support Group
This group is offered to family and friends who have lost a loved one. Meetings are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
"Bosom Buddies" Breast Cancer Support Group
This group is for breast cancer patients only. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers are featured on the first Wednesday of every month, and a pot luck lunch is offered on the second Wednesday of every month.
Brain Tumor Support Group
This group is for individuals who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. We focus on building coping skills and support. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month at 2 p.m.
This group is for caregivers, and it gives them the chance to take a moment for themselves and rejuvenate. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month.
Colorectal Cancer Support Group
This group is open to anyone with a colorectal cancer diagnosis. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
This group is open to women who are currently diagnosed with gynecological cancer. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Family Support Group
This group is for families of blood cancer patients. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Look Good, Feel Better
This program teaches women coping skills for dealing with appearance-related side effects of treatment, which may include hair loss, changes in complexion and fingernails. Sessions and materials are provided at no charge. Held at Novant Health Buddy Kemp Support Center in Charlotte on the first and fourth Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This program is also offered at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. Please call 704-384-5223 for times and dates at these locations.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
This group is open to women with Stage IV breast cancer. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and are followed by group session from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Mind/Body Techniques to Enhance Healing
This course teaches stress management tools to facilitate healing and preventive health. New sessions start every eight weeks and are held every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group is open to anyone who is diagnosed with prostate cancer. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Thyroid Cancer Support Group
This group is open to adults, family members and friends diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
You can also access support online by visiting our Facebook Cancer Support Group and the Buddy Kemp blog.
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.