Support services


The healthcare team of the ETMC Cancer Institute realizes that cancer is a frightening subject. A diagnosis of this disease often creates a sense of isolation. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive program of support services to provide information and offer reassurance to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The trained and caring professionals are there to help throughout the treatment of your disease and beyond.

The ETMC Cancer Institute sponsors several support groups to provide patients and families with the opportunity to discuss their experiences. Some are geared toward specific types of cancer, such as breast cancer, while others are broader in scope. Each provides an informal, relaxed setting which promotes sharing communications to further the healing process.

Support groups

The ETMC Cancer Institute offers the following support groups to help in dealing with the emotional impact of cancer. These groups bring patients, survivors, caretakers and family members together for encouragement, education, and emotional support. The following describes the groups presently offered:

Cancer support group

For patients and family members
ETMC Cancer Institute Conference Room
721 Clinic Drive
First and third Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For information: 903-595-5550

Craft class

For patients and family members
ETMC Cancer Institute, 2nd floor
For more information call: 903-595-5550

Ostomy support group

Hospice of East Texas
411 Spur 248, Tyler
Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. except May and Dec.
Group leaders: Starlea Humphrey 903-330-5598

Us too support group

Support for prostate cancer survivors
September through March
ETMC Pavilion Conference Center 801 Clinic Drive, Room 1
Fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
April through August

Tyler Cancer Center, Northpark Building
910 East Houston, Room 100
Fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Group leader: Ben McFadden, 903-561-3433
NO SUPPORT GROUP IN NOV. OR DEC.

Women’s cancer support group

ETMC Cancer Institute Conference Room
721 Clinic Drive
Second and fourth Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For information: 903-595-5550

Athens cancer support group

ETMC Athens
2000 S. Palestine
First and third Tuesday, 1-2 p.m.

Group leader: Laquita Allen

903-592-6152, ext. 121

Psychosocial/cancer information

Our cancer resource coordinator facilitates focused support sessions aimed at helping patients and families deal with the normal emotional reactions that often accompany a diagnosis of cancer, such as depression, fear, anxiety and anger. In addition, sessions on an individual basis are available. A certified oncology nurse trained in the special needs of cancer patients can provide educational information, presentations and guidance on the full range of cancer-related topics.

Pastoral care

The ETMC chaplain is available to help meet the spiritual needs of our patients.

Nutritional guidance

Registered clinical dietitians are available to provide one-on-one assistance to cancer patients with special nutritional needs.

Other patient needs

Additional staff members are trained to provide a range of special services to cancer patients, including information in the following areas:

  • Financial
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Supplies and equipment