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Cancer Support & Education 

For Patients, Families & Caregivers

Cancer education and support are an important part of the cancer treatment process. Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas offers several programs through the Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Education Center to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.

The Cvetko Center staff includes a medical director, program manager, nurse educator, chaplains, social workers, psychologist, music practitioner and trained cancer survivor volunteers. Click on any link below to learn more about cancer education and support programs offered at Baylor Dallas.

Cancer Support Groups

The Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Education Center is pleased to offer disease-specific education programs that address the needs of individuals with specific types of cancer. Please call 214.820.2608 to register.

Please note that unless noted otherwise, support groups will be held in the Cvetko center, Suite 200 in the Baylor Sammons Cancer Center located at 3410 Worth Street in Dallas, Texas.

  • Amyloid Support North Texas: Second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 7, lower level, Truett Hospital (outside cafeteria).
  • Bladder/Kidney Cancer Support Group: Bi-monthly, during Super Saturday, third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Brain Tumor Support Group: During Super Saturday, third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Breast Cancer Support Group: Bi-Monthly, during Super Saturday, third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • General Cancers Support Group: Bimonthly, third Saturday every even numbered month during Super Saturday. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Graft vs. Host Disease Support Group: Bimonthly, third Saturday every even numbered month during Super Saturday. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group: Bimonthly, during Super Saturday. The third Saturday of every even numbered month during Super Saturday. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Lung Cancer Education Support Group: Monthly, fourth Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., 9101 N. Central Expressway, Second floor conference room.
  • Melanoma Support Group: Bi-monthly, third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • North Texas Myeloma Support Group: Monthly, second Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sammons Cancer Center, 3410 Worth St.,10th floor conference center.
  • Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group: Monthly, second Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cvetko Center Group Room, 3410 Worth St., Suite 200.
  • Ovarian Cancer Support Group: First and third Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cvetko Center Group room, 3410 Worth St., Suite 200.
  • Prostate Cancer Education and Support Group: Monthly, first Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Cvetko Center group room, 3410 Worth St., Suite 200.
  • Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia Support Group: Bi-monthly, during Super Saturday. The third Saturday of even numbered months. For more information, call 214.820.2608.

Educational Programs

Other education programs are not specific to a particular type of cancer but provide education on general topics.

  • Breast Nutrition Class: This class is specific to breast cancer patients and is taught by cancer center dietitians. To register, or for more information call 214.865.1644.
  • Lymphedema: Everything You Want To Know: Fourth Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cvetko Center group room, 3410 Worth St., Suite 200. Learn what lymphedema is, what it looks like, prevention measures and treatment.
  • Clinical Updates is a monthly program designed to give information on a specific topic or disease.
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstrations provide tips on topics such as Summer Sweets, Gluten-Free Favorites, Vegetarian 101 and Diabetic Delights
  • Look Good . . . Feel Better is a program that helps women cope with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Held first Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December.

Relax, Restore, Renew

Offering programs designed to provide tools that may reduce tension, anxiety, anger or fatigue and promote a healthy overall well-being.

  • 30 Minutes to Inspiration: In the midst of challenges of life, get refilled with inspiration. Join us for 30 minutes of encouraging conversation. Our starting point will be inspirational passages from a wide variety of sources. Registration required. To register, or for more information, call 214.820.2608.
  • Centering Prayer Group: Centering Prayer is a traditional Christian practice aimed at simply deepening one's relationship with God. Also known as the Prayer of Consent, Centering Prayer is a method that moves beyond conversation with God to communion with God. To register, call 214.820.2608.
  • Healing Vibrations: Drum Circle: Drumming and the use of pure rhythm is a fun and therapeutic way of releasing emotions. It can also accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system and produce feelings of well-being.
  • Lanny Shaeffer Book Club: Join us for a relaxing time with new friends. Each month the book club will feature a novel of general interest to read and discuss.
  • Passing the Hat: Come and learn to knit with a loom. Whether you know how to knit or not, join us and make new friends. These hats are given to patients receiving treatment for their cancer - survivor to survivor.
  • Why Relaxation? Reasons to Make It a Daily Practice: A program that looks at the science and theory behind relaxation practice to bring better understanding on how relaxation aids healing.
  • Relaxation Techniques: A Sampling and Overview: A program that explores various approaches to relaxation by focusing on breathing techniques, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery
  • Guided Imagery: An In-Depth Relaxation Experience: Short and sweet, this program is a chance to hit the reset button and set your week on a positive note. Experience a 20-minute guided meditation designed to foster deeper relaxation.
  • Writing for Wellness: Journaling is a safe way to express difficult feelings. The process may help you understand how you think and feel about your disease and have a positive impact on the quality of your life.
  • Yoga Classes: FREE yoga classes for cancer patients are being offered every first, second and third Friday. Call the Cvetko Patient Education Center at 214.820.2608 for instructions prior to attending class.

Cancer Resource Area

To help you and your family learn about and cope with cancer, the Cvetko Center also offers a patient library on the Baylor Dallas campus:

The Deborah Leah Kielman-Rodriguez Patient Education Library is located inside the Cvetko Center, Suite 200. This dedicated library offers books written about others' cancer experiences, books to help children understand cancer, cancer medical guides and cookbooks with healthy recipes to prepare for cancer treatment, as well a selection of books for casual reading. Check-out process is easy and free of charge. There are computers available for research for survivors to use.