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Patient & Family Support for Cancer

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Patient & Family Support for Cancer

Dear Community Members,

Because the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers are our first priority and that will always be the guiding principle that drives us. Over the past few weeks, like many of you, we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19.

After careful deliberation and given the recently declared states of emergency, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend in-person programs at The Cancer Support and Welcome Center.

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and The Cancer Support and Welcome Center takes this particularly seriously as we recognize that people with cancer often have suppressed immune systems, putting them at significant risk of infection and complications. We are committed to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone.

Support and networking groups will be available online, individual facilitators will contact members that regularly attend groups with information on how to join remotely.

The Cancer Support and Welcome Center offers free services to anyone affected by cancer and is available Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. by calling 215-955-1800 or e-mailing We are here to help support you during these particularly vulnerable times.

Click here for a full list of online events or download our pdf of events.

We thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented health situation.

With Warmest Regards,
Lisa Capparella MSS, LCSW, OSW-C
Manager, Cancer Support and Welcome Center

Recommended Mindfulness Activities

Free Guided Art Activities:

Join us every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST for a virtual Twistshop featuring Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist. Jackie will be engaging the group in guided art-making activities each week that will allow participants to process their experiences with uncertainty, isolation and loneliness.Everyone is welcome.

The Twistshops will be available through Zoom. Visit here to register.

Free Yoga Audio Program

Free recorded Yoga with Jean, a stage 3 colon cancer survivor. Available in English and Spanish.

Mindfulness Applications & Programs:

Wednesday March 25 at 4 p.m – John Kabat Zinn will host a free virtual group: “Not Losing our Minds and Hearts When we need them Most: Mindfulness, Healing, and wisdom in the time of COVID-19. (This will also be recorded for those who cannot attend at 4pm). Register here.

Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart

Tara Brach's previously recorded program.

Headspace App

There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain.  To help support you through this time of crisis, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.

These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. It’s our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself and those around you.