Support Groups

Meridian Cancer Care offers many types of support groups that serve cancer patients and their significant others. The group members find solace in sharing their feelings, experiences, and concerns with those who can best understand them — others who have gone through similar experiences.

The objectives are to provide support and to promote an open communication of thoughts and feelings in a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere. Sharing strength and hope can lead to new friendships, healthy support systems, and ongoing knowledge, all of which enhance healing.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS

Ocean Medical Center
Meets the first and third Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ocean Medical Center Community Room. To participate or obtain further information, please call 732-836-4573.

Meridian at Home Hospices South
6 week program. Call 609 607-6156 for dates.

Bayshore Community Hospital
Held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Call 732-739-5888 to learn more.


BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

Family Resource Center
700 Route 9 South, Stafford, NJ 08092
Held the second Tuesday of each month at
7:00 p.m. Call 609-978-3533 to learn more

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

Ocean Medical Center
Held second Friday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Contact Stephanie Testa at 732-836-4048 to learn more.

Riverview Medical Center
Held on first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Call 732-859-8857 to learn more.

Southern Ocean Medical Center
Held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Family Resource Center at the Ocean Club. Please call 1-800-560-9990 to register.

 

CANCER SURVIVORS GROUP

The Cancer Survivors Group at Ocean Medical Center meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. and on the second Thursday every month at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Testa at 732-836-4048 or Lani Gernalin at 732-836-4049.


CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

Family Resource Center
700 Route 9 South
Stafford, NJ 08092
Being a caregiver can be overwhelming. Join us to learn how to balance it all. Third Monday of each month 3:00 p.m.


GENERAL CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Held on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Call 732-776-3316 to learn more.

Southern Ocean Medical Center
Caregivers Welcome. Held one Tuesday each month at 3:00 p.m. within the Beach Plum Conference Room at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Call 609-978-8919 for dates and for more information.


HEALING HELPERS SUPPORT GROUPS

Bayshore Community Hospital
For individuals coping with chronic cancer disease. Meets Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Infusion Suite on 4 East in Bayshore Community Hospital. For more information or to register please call 732-739-5832.


INNER CIRCLE SUPPORT GROUP

Ocean Medical Center
Offered to family, friends, and caregivers of those diagnosed with cancer. Meets on the last Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Contact Stephanie Testa at 732-836-4048 to learn more.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Offered to family, friends, and caregivers of those diagnosed with cancer. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Amdur Ambulatory Care Pavilion Cancer Care Conference Room at Jersey Shore. All sessions are facilitated by Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW. For further information, meeting cancellations, or to confirm dates, please call Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW, at 732-776-3316.


"LIVING WITH CANCER" SUPPORT GROUP

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
This group is for women and men diagnosed with cancer. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Amdur Ambulatory Care Pavilion Cancer Care Conference Room at Jersey Shore. All sessions are facilitated by Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW. For further information, meeting cancellations, or to confirm dates, please call Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW, at 732-776-3316.


OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP

Family Resource Center
700 Route 9 South
Stafford, NJ 08092
Open to all osotmates and their family members. Meetings are FREE. Second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (Group does not meet in July or August)

Ocean Medical Center
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Ocean Medical Center Community Room. For more information, please contact Kathy Martin at 732-836-4573 or Caitlyn Griffiths at 732-836-4897. United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) affiliated.


OVARIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
This group is for women diagnosed with cervical, endometrial, ovarian, or uterine cancer. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All sessions are facilitated by Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW. For further information, meeting cancellations, or to confirm dates, please call Kimberly Higgins, LCSW, MSW, at 732-776-3316.


PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Riverview Medical Center
This group is for men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meets monthly on the second Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room at Riverview Medical Center. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Toole at 732-530-2468.


THYROID CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Presented by the Departments of Surgery & Medicine at Jersey Shore, in partnership with ThyCa, a national organization for all thyroid cancer patients, survivors and families. The group meets on the first Monday of every other month from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Please call 1-800-560-9990 to register.

Wellness Resources

    • Cancer Health Library

      Cancer Health Library

      With information on everything from nutrition to genetics, a wealth of information awaits patients, survivors and their families here.

      Learn More
    • Take a Vacation from Cancer

      Take a Vacation from Cancer

      From time to time, you may benefit from taking a respite from your cancer diagnosis, even if you can't leave your illness completely behind.

      Learn More
    • Nutrition and Cancer Quiz

      Nutrition and Cancer Quiz

      What effect does diet have on your risk for cancer? Find out by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Cancer Society.

      Learn More

Related Services

    • CyberKnife

      CyberKnife Center

      The precision of the CyberKnife treatments reduce patients' radiation therapy sessions from as many as 40 to 5 or less.

      Learn More
    • Diagnostic Imaging

      Diagnostic Imaging

      Our imaging procedures use advanced imaging technology subject to stringent regulatory standards.

      Learn More
    • Surgery

      Surgery

      Meridian Health’s surgical teams of anesthesiologists, registered nurses and board certified, fellowship-trained surgeons work in state-of-the-art operating rooms.

      Learn More