Cancer Care

Support Groups


Please call the American Cancer Society for location information and to register for the sessions: 540-774-2716 or 800-393-0857.


This support group gives recently diagnosed breast cancer patients the opportunity to meet other women who are sharing similar experiences. Please join us as we come together to discuss managing emotions and stress, nutrition, exercise, and many other topics that can help those touched by breast cancer.

The group's moderators teach relaxation and coping techniques, as well as guided imagery and meditation. We share personal testimonials and invite guest speakers to present on a variety of subjects. Participants are encouraged to give suggestions for future topics and speakers.

The group is moderated by Jean Westervelt, LCSW, oncology counseling specialist, and coordinated by Catherine Hagan-Aylor, CCBCC nurse specialist. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center, Diagnostic Center in Roanoke, Va.

For questions or to join the group, contact Catherine Hagan-Aylor at 540-224-6939.


Whispering Hope is a support group at Carilion Clinic for women with gynecologic cancers. Meetings are free and open to the public. Family and friends of patients are also welcome.

Light refreshments are served, and speakers present information on a variety of topics. Past topics include nutrition, exercise, arts and crafts, managing stress, massage therapy, and personal testimonials.

Meetings are held at the GYN Oncology office. For information on meeting dates, times, and guest speakers, please call the GYN Oncology office at (540) 581-0160. Information is also posted in the GYN Oncology office a month in advance.