Advanced cancer care to heal the whole person

Cancer support services

A cancer diagnosis can be very stressful for patients and their families. The Joe and Virginia Schmissrauter Center for Cancer Support offers guidance and a full range of holistic care. All services are free to cancer patients and their families and no referral is needed. 

The center is located on the CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga campus in the Plaza building, 605 Glenwood Drive, Suite 307, Chattanooga, TN. Parking and valet service is available at entrance "C". Click here, for a campus map and parking guide. For more information, call (423) 495-7778.

Your Oncology Certified Cancer Team

  • RN Nurse Navigators – education, coordination, symptom management
  • Clinical Social Workers – individual and family counseling, support groups, psychosocial education, stress reduction, case management
  • Dietitians – nutrition tips for symptom management, wellness nutrition, tube feeding recommendations
  • Massage Therapist 
  • Oncology Chaplain – spiritual care, advance care planning

March 16, 2020 Notice

Out of an abundance of caution, the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and our concern for the safety and well-being of our patients and community at large, we are suspending support group meetings until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Our clinical social workers are available for phone support to our oncology patients. Call (423) 495-7778. 

Support groups

  • For women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer
  • Every Tuesday, 10  - 11:30 a.m. 
  • MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, Suite 101
  • For more information, call Mary Lynn at (423)-495-7778
  • For women diagnosed with stage III or IV breast or gynecological cancer
  • Third Thursday of each month from 12:30 – 2 p.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza Building, 605 Glenwood Drive, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Mary Lynn (423) 495-7778
  • For all cancer patients, their families and friends
  • Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Betsy at (423) 495-4009 or Rhonda at (423) 495-7778
  • For any person who has been affected by colon cancer
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 3 – 4 p.m. 
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Kim at (423) 495-7827
Freedom From Smoking

Join the hundreds of thousands of people who have found FREEDOM from smoking with American Lung Association’s 8-session Freedom From Smoking®  Group. New groups begin monthly across 4 clinic locations: Chattanooga, Hixson, Ooltewah, and Ringgold.

Please call Mary Lynn at 423-495-7778 for more information or to enroll.

  • For anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. 
  • 1st and 3rd Friday every month, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, 605 Glenwood Drive, Suite 307. 
  • For more information please call Jessica at (423) 495-7546.
  • For patients and caregivers affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma
  • 1st Thursday each month, 3 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Latoya at (423)-495-3142
  • For Patients, families, caregivers and friends who are living with Multiple Myeloma
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Gerre at (423) 495-7778
  • For men who have experienced prostate cancer
  • Spouses, family and friends are welcome to attend
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • MaryEllen Locher Conference Room (enter at the Outpatient Services / West Medical Office Building entrance on Glenwood Avenue; please ask a volunteer at the information desk to escort you to the MaryEllen Locher Conference Room)
  • For more information, call Mike (423) 495-7778

SPOHNC's National Survivor Volunteer Network is a wonderful program. The Match Program is especially helpful for those who are unable to get to a group meeting or who live in an area where there may not currently be a group that meets each month. Phone support can be very helpful to those who are just beginning treatment or having issues with side effects following treatment.

For more information, visit spohnc.org, call 1-800-377-0928 or call CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support at (423) 495-7778

Additional Services

Our holistic approach means we provide care which supports your mind, body and spirit. Additional services include: massage therapy, relaxation techniques, an extensive resource library, spiritual care, and more.   

Survivorship Empowerment Video Series


People often wonder what they can do to get and stay healthy once cancer treatment is complete.  Lifestyle changes, like eating healthier and increasing physical activity, can lower your risk of cancer and death, according to a 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We hope you find our Survivorship Empowerment Video Series beneficial.