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Cancer Resources

Cancer Support & Resources

Patient Resources

Cancer is Not a Solo Experience

If you or a loved one has cancer, there are places in our community to turn to for additional help. No one understands what you're going through better than cancer survivors and the caregivers who help patients every day. Consider a support group or other organized support program to answer questions and concerns you might have.

We offer:

In addition to the above resources, each office offers a dedicated Patient Benefit Representative who can help you with any financial issues, including reimbursement, drug assistance, and billing issues.

Support Groups at VOA

Through the Lens: Living Beyond Cancer

Photovoice Support Group



Tuesdays, May 28 – July 16, 2024


1:00-2:30 pm


Classes will be virtual, held via Zoom.


Join Megan Fortner, LBSW, MA, and VOA for a unique opportunity to utilize personal photographs to help process your cancer journey while connecting with others facing a similar experience. No one journey or story is the same. The goal is to join together, acknowledge the hardships, and celebrate the victories the cancer journey can bring.

This group is geared toward young adults (ages 20-39) facing cancer.

*Digital photos will be shared in our meetings. Therefore, please make sure you have access to a computer or phone so you can email or text them each week.


Call Megan Fortner at 757-873-4092. Registration closes at the end of the day on May 24, 2024.

Western Tidewater Virginia Oncology Associates Support Group

A journey towards healing, hope, and support.



The second Wednesday of every month


2:00-3:00 pm


Classes will be held in person at Sentara Obici Hospital in Conference Room A&B. 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434


Join Kelli Bailey, LCSW, and VOA for an in-person cancer support group. Here, you will find a safe space to share experiences, gain emotional support, and access valuable resources. Whether you are a patient, survivor, or caregiver, our community offers understanding and encouragement every step of the way. Together, we navigate the challenges of cancer with empathy and resilience.


Call Kelli Bailey to register at 757-942-3222.

Cancer Support Near You

Dealing with cancer is hard for both patients and family members. And in many ways, our practice functions as a very caring support group. But there are other groups outside our office that can provide patients and families with added information, guidance, and an unparalleled understanding of living through cancer.


The CaringBridge is a site dedicated to your health journey. Your personal CaringBridge website is your place to share health updates, photos, and videos with the people who care about you. The CaringBridge website is designed to rally your family and friends together to offer you support when and how you need it. Learn more about CaringBridge.

Here for the Girls (Beyond Boobs!) Support Group

Not your typical support group and/or more information about Here for the Girls, click here.

Sentara Caregiver Support Group

Caring for a loved one with cancer can be overwhelming and isolating. Caregivers balance multiple roles while navigating a complex medical system and are challenged with maintaining a sense of normalcy while living in a situation that feels far from normal.

For information about Sentara support groups in all cities, CLICK HERE or visit Sentara Cancer Network.

Chemo Angels

If you or a loved one are just beginning IV chemotherapy treatment and would appreciate positive support in the form of weekly cards or letters from caring, encouraging people, consider applying for a Chemo Angel. This free program is available to IV chemo patients living in the United States or Canada. For more information or to sign up, please click here.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

This online group provides support and information to men and women who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Spouses, families, and caregivers are welcome. Meetings are informal and include attendee updates and general discussions pertinent to pancreatic cancer. 

To be added to the distribution list for the monthly ZOOM meetings, please email John O'Grady at [email protected]. For more information, call John O'Grady at (757) 574-7516. 


VOA partners with Findhelp. Findhelp is one of the largest databases of community-based organizations that matches people with the resources they need. FindHelp is the fastest and most reliable way to get help with privacy and dignity.

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Additional Resources for Patients 

Visit our Local and National Resources page for a complete list of community resources for cancer patients of Virginia Oncology Associates.