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Programs, classes & events

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


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: 704-384-3219.

Lymphedema risk reduction

Cancer survivors who are at risk of swelling due to cancer surgery or radiation are invited to learn about causes of swelling and ways to reduce their risk of developing lymphedema. Call 704-384-4400 to register.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Upcoming dates:
  • Huntersville: October 13
  • Matthews: Currently no classes scheduled. Check back soon.
Understanding financial, legal and insurance concerns

Whether you have questions about insurance coverage, payment plans, financial applications, 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.

Upcoming dates:
  • Charlotte: August 26
  • Matthews: check back soon
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.

Expressive writing for health and wellness

Many people find the process of writing extremely helpful to reduce stress when faced with an overwhelming or frightening life situation. Join us to learn how to get started! Thursdays at 10 a.m. Call 704-384-5223 to register.

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)
    This group is for teens and young adults with cancer. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 704-384-3156 for details.

  • 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. and first and third Fridays at 10 a.m.

  • Breast Cancer Support Groups
    • "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.
    • 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.
    • Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group
      This group is for women with triple negative breast cancer. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

  • Caregiver Connections
    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 at 2 p.m.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Online support

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.