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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 a full range of holistic care, and all support services are free to cancer patients regardless of where they receive their treatment.

Patient navigation – support for every need

At CHI Memorial, people diagnosed with cancer can choose to be paired with a nurse who can help them ‘navigate’ the sometimes-complicated process of effective cancer treatment. Nurse navigators provide education; answer questions and act as a liaison between patient and doctor when needed; offer resources for financial support; and provide comfort and assistance into recovery.

Nurse navigators work together as a team which also includes dieticians, licensed clinical social workers and support staff who use their areas of expertise to meet patients’ needs, overcome barriers and offer guidance, encouragement and a listening ear. Whether the concerns are around diagnosis, treatment planning, financial burdens or emotional stressors, this multidisciplinary approach offers compassionate care for the mind, body and spirit.

Support groups

  • For patients and their families
  • Every third Thursday of the month, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call (423) 495-7778
  • For women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer
  • Every Tuesday, 10:00  - 11:30 a.m. 
  • MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, Suite 101
  • For more information, call Debrah at (423) 495-7778
  • For women diagnosed with stage III or IV breast or gynecological cancer
  • First and third Thursdays 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 (423) 495-7778
  • For all cancer patients, their families and friends
  • Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Betsy at (423) 495-4009 or (423) 495-7778
  • For any person who has been affected by colon cancer
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call kim at (423) 495-7827
  • For women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC)
  • More than 2 million women in the United States may be at increased risk for hereditary cancers because of their family history, according to Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
  • The group meets once every quarter
  • For more information, call (423) 495-2258
  • For patients and caregivers affected by Leukemia or Lymphoma
  • 1st Thursday each month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Gerre at (423) 495-7778
  • For Patients, families, caregivers and friends who are living with Multiple Myeloma
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, Memorial Plaza, Suite 307
  • For more information, call Rhonda or Betsy 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 (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, please call CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support at (423) 495-7778, or Terri Henderson, RN a (423) 495-8975.

As you and your family face cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival, CHI Memorial’s chaplains are available for counseling and prayer. Your needs may require only a brief prayer or a more intensive faith discussion. Our mission is to provide aid, comfort and respect.

We Care Weekend is an annual retreat for persons with cancer and their families. Our hope is to encourage patients, family and significant others on their journey while providing opportunities for patients and family to share stories and celebrate life.

CHI Memorial will host the 27th Annual We Care Weekend, October 12 – 14, 2018 at Cohutta Springs Conference Center in Crandall, Georgia.

The celebration begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 extending through the weekend until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The cost is $60 for one room (up to 4 guests) which includes lodging for Friday & Saturday and three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Space is limited, scholarships are available.

For more information, please call (423) 495-7714.


For more information about CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support, call at (423) 495-7778.



CHI Memorial is honored to be one of 48 hospitals in the nation to receive a 'high performing' rating in nine surgical procedures and chronic conditions evaluated by U.S. News, including lung and colorectal cancer surgery.




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