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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

Support groups

  • 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 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, 10:00 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, 3:00 – 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

The Lynch support group for people diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, and their families meets once every quarter in the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute’s Cancer Risk and Survivorship Center, Suite 307.  

Lynch Syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases the risk for colorectal, endometrial, and many other types of cancer.  Those with Lynch Syndrome, and their family, can face a lifetime of screenings and decisions about preventative surgery.  This support group gives those affected by Lynch Syndrome an opportunity to talk with others on a similar journey. 

There is no charge to attend the Lynch Support Group.  For more information on cancer risk counseling, call (423) 495-GENE (4363).

  • 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 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, please call CHI Memorial Center for Cancer Support at (423) 495-7778, or Terri Henderson, RN at (423) 495-8975.

Additional Services

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


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



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