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Education and Support Programs

The Kimmel Cancer Center has a wide range of education and support programs to help you and your family through the cancer experience, before, during, and after treatment. Please note that pre-registration is required for most of these programs. For additional information about any of these programs, please call 215-955-8370, or email

Calendar of Events

Advocacy and Survivorship Committee

Comprised of individuals treated in the Kimmel Cancer Center (and family members of those treated), the Advocacy and Survivorship Committee serves to advise Cancer Center Physicians and Administrators on patient related issues. For more information please call 215-955-1160.

Buddy Program

The Buddies in our program are trained volunteers who have been through cancer treatment themselves and now provide short-term one-on-one support and information over the telephone to others facing cancer.  If you would like to talk to a Kimmel Cancer Center Buddy please call 215-955-8370. The Program Coordinator will explain the program and then match you with a buddy who is similar to you in terms of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and other criteria such as age and gender.

Special Events

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center hosts several special events each year, including an annual Celebration of Life, and an annual educational conference entitled “Life After a Cancer Diagnosis”. Information is available on upcoming and past special events. For more information, please call 215-955-8370.

Navigating the New Normal

This program, sponsored with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 40 living with cancer or with a history of cancer. The program offers individual counseling and consultation with an oncology social worker, a Buddy Program, a quarterly lecture series and a networking group. A current schedule is available. For more information please call 215-955-8370.

Current Topics

This monthly educational program is for people facing all types of cancer. At each meeting an expert in the field presents a topic related to cancer detection, treatment, recovery or psychosocial issues. Ample time is given for questions, answers and networking. These meetings are held on a Wednesday from 12-1:30pm. A current schedule is available, as well as online registration. For More Information, please call 215-955-8370.

Facing Breast Cancer…. With Information and Support

This monthly informational group, held on a Thursday from 12-1:30pm, gives women the opportunity to learn the latest information about breast cancer treatment, detection, and prevention from leading experts in the field. A current schedule is available, as well as online registration. For more information, please call 215-955-8370.

A Place for Me

This is a group program for children whose parent or grandparent has cancer. Using art, games, and other activities, children are helped to understand and to cope with the diagnosis of cancer in the family. A separate group is held for teenagers and a group for parents and grandparents is held concurrently.  For more information, please call 215-955-8370.

Man to Man

This program, co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is for men diagnosed with prostate cancer or who are interested in learning more about the disease. Held on a Wednesday from 12-1pm, each meeting features a guest lecturer who speaks on an issue related to prostate cancer. A current schedule is available, as well as online registration. For more information, please call 215-955-8370.

Look Good, Feel Better

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this workshop helps women to understand and care for the changes which can occur in skin and hair during treatment for cancer. Specially trained cosmetologists teach women hair/wig styling techniques, skin care, and make-up tips. A current schedule is available. For more information or to register, please call 215-955-8370.

Radiation Therapy Information Session

This education and support program is for individuals receiving radiation therapy and is held every Thursday from 11am-12pm in the Simon Kramer Conference Room (Room G312) of the Bodine Center. It is recommended that people attend this session either prior to starting or in the first few weeks of treatment. Physical and psychosocial effects of radiation therapy are discussed.

Delaware Valley Brain Tumor Group

This monthly group is for individuals diagnosed with a brain tumor and their families. Patients and families can share information, gain insight and develop coping strategies to face the challenges associated with living with a brain tumor. A current schedule is available, as well as online registration. For More Information, please call 215-955-4429.

Learning to Live Better with the Stress of Cancer

Thomas Jefferson University is enrolling eligible women diagnosed with cancer, including those in active treatment, into a research study and free programs to learn skills for living better with the stress of cancer. We are conducting research, funded by the National Cancer Institute's Office of Cancer Survivorship, to discover how to best support women who have a diagnosis of cancer. Our research includes free 8-week cancer support programs for women, 21 years or older, and diagnosed with cancer or recurrence with in three years. For more information call the Kimmel Cancer Center at 215-955-2881 or 1-800-JEFF-NOW, or visit: and click on the study poster.

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