Cancer Institute

Support & advocacy

Support well beyond your treatment

Treatment for cancer involves much more than just medical care. Whether you seek counseling for yourself or your loved ones are concerned about paying your bills, or have an interest in learning more about the journey ahead, we have experts available to help. Our support services are free and available to anyone in the community regardless of insurance, physician or hospital affiliation.

 Cancer support groups

Meeting and talking with other cancer survivors can be a powerful part of your cancer journey. We offer a variety of support groups in a unique, caring environment where survivors and caregivers can share their experiences. Most groups are open to family and friends, but individual and family counseling sessions are also available.

Our cancer support groups are free and available to anyone regardless of hospital affiliation. Check with a Novant Health team member for information about programs available in your area. Here are few examples:

  • Individual and family counseling 
  • Bereavement support groups 
  • Breast cancer support groups 
  • Colorectal cancer support groups 
  • Drumming group 
  • Mind/body techniques to enhance healing 
  • Prostate cancer support groups 
  • Thyroid cancer support groups 
  • Triple negative breast cancer support group 
 Financial support

A diagnosis of cancer can bring unexpected costs and may hinder your ability to do things for yourself that can raise other concerns such as transportation, housing and food. These financial burdens can take a toll on your emotional health and well-being. That’s why our case managers are committed to exploring all options and connecting you with resources that can help.

Often these resources are diagnosis-specific and provide assistance with co-pays and prescriptions. Please ask about financial resource guidance for services that can help you manage these financial concerns that result from your treatment. Contact the Novant Health Cancer Institute nearest you or ask your doctor for a referral to case management services.

 Spiritual care

There may be times during your diagnosis, treatment or recovery when you feel the need for deeper spiritual and emotional support. Leaning on your faith during treatment is powerful and positive for your mind, body and soul. This can help lessen fear of death, discomfort and loneliness.

We have spiritual support available 24 hours a day to provide you and your family members with emotional support, regardless of your religious or spiritual affiliation.


If you or a loved one ever need the compassionate assistance, comfort and support that a hospice care unit provides, we want you to rely on us to be your home away from home. We focus on quality of life with an emphasis on holistic comfort and support. The unit acts as a stepping-stone to going home with hospice care, as we consider our patients and their family part of the hospice care team.