Patient and Family Support

Life with Cancer offers seminars, support groups, individual and family counseling and nursing consultations, to provide assistance in times of crisis, and information about specific cancers. Our goal is to help people get the information and support they need to cope with cancer and its treatments in the best way possible.

Life with Cancer's Licensed Clinical Social Workers offer short-term counseling to individuals, couples and families as they meet the challenges of their cancer journey. Many patients or their families seek support for adjusting to life with cancer, stress reduction, relationship issues, decision making, end-of-life, survivorship and/or grief work. Short-term counseling is offered at the Life with Cancer Family Center and several hospital settings. For counseling appointments or nurse consultations, call 703-206-5433; for classes and groups, register online.

Survivors Offering Support (SOS)

Whether you’re facing breast cancer and could benefit from the help of a mentor or you are a breast cancer survivor and can offer help to another, SOS is for you. Newly diagnosed? SOS lets you share the breast cancer journey with someone who has experienced your situation first hand. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. Mentors, all breast cancer survivors themselves, are specially trained to provide knowledge, support, encouragement and a shoulder to lean on. With SOS, you are never alone. Download / print the mentor request form (pdf). Want to be a mentor? SOS mentors provide emotional and informational support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through peer mentoring.

For more information please call 703-206-5433.

Life with Cancer Classes and Groups:

All classes are held at the Life with Cancer Family Center as well as other Inova facilities. For specific class and group locations, go to the Class Calendar and Registration Page.

Seminars and Groups of General Interest:

  • Celebration of Life: annually
  • Good Grief: eight-week adult grief group
  • Handling the Holidays: annually
  • Life with Cancer Program Orientation: weekly
  • Look Good...Feel Better: monthly
  • Nutrition Counseling and Classes, monthly
  • Partners in Care: twice monthly
  • Seminars for Survivors: third Thursday, monthly
  • Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant  Group
  • Tools for Couples
  • Walking for Fitness
  • What to Expect During Chemo: Weekly
  • Young Adults Group: fourth Thursday, monthly

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Mind-Body / Wellness Programs: 

  • Art for Wellness and Growth
  • Chair-Based Exercise: twice weekly
  • Fitness Fusion: weekly
  • Finding your Way with Clay
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Healing touch, therapeutic touch
  • Keeping Fit: weekly
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Launching into Fitness
  • Massage (There is a fee for massage)
  • Meditation & Guided Imagery
  • Qi gong, tai chi chih
  • Reiki: twice monthly
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Spirituality Quest
  • Writing your Memoirs and Life Stories
  • Writing to Wellness: monthly

Breast Cancer:

  • Breast Cancer Group: Inova Fairfax Hospital; first and third Wednesdays, monthly
  • Coalesce I: metastatic breast cancer group: Inova Fairfax Hospital; every Friday
  • Counseling and education for women with metastatic breast cancer
  • Living with Breast Cancer - Education & Exercise:  seminars and gentle exercise for breast cancer survivors; periodically throughout the year
  • Young Women with Breast Cancer: Inova Alexandria Hospital; second Tuesday, monthly

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Other Cancers:

  • Blood Cancers Group: second Thursday, monthly
  • Brain Tumor Group: first Tuesday, monthly
  • Carcinoid Cancer Group: third Saturday, monthly
  • Clinical Trials Group: second Monday, monthly
  • Coalesce: Weekly group for women w/metastatic breast cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Group: quarterly
  • GYN Cancers Group: for women with cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancers; second Wednesday, monthly
  • Heads Up: for patients with head and neck cancers; second Wednesday, monthly
  • Lung Cancer Group: second Wednesday, monthly
  • Lymphedema Group: quarterly
  • Melanoma: quarterly
  • Multiple Myeloma Group: third Tuesday, monthly
  • Northern Virginia Ostomy Association Group: first Sunday, monthly
  • Prostate Cancer Support Groups:
    • Inova Fairfax Hospital: second Tuesday, monthly
    • Inova Alexandria Hospital, third Tuesday, monthly

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Children and Teens:

  • Curious about Cancer Support Program
  • Good Grief for Children
  • Good Grief Dinner for Teens: monthly
  • Teens Meet and Eat: monthly
  • Annual picnic for children, teens and families
  • Kid and Sib Day
  • Sibling Day


  • Parent Bereavement Group: monthly
  • Parenting Alone: monthly
  • Pediatric Oncology Parent Night: monthly

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Programas en Espanol:

  • Latinas Unida
  • Latinos Unidos
  • Sanando Juntos



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