Social Work & Support Groups

HOA’s Social Work Department is comprised of two licensed certified social workers with many years of experience.  Gussie Sorensen (LCSW-R, OSW-C) and Belinda Tamoutselis (LCSW-R, OSW-C) are available to all patients and their family members for counseling, bereavement, and group support, as well as to assist our patients with finding opportunities to deal with financial challenges.

Hope and confidence are needed to counter the emotional drain on men and women who must deal with cancer. From surprise to denial, anger to fear, uncertainty to despair, the emotional reaction to cancer can take their toll on marriages, relationships, and livelihoods. Support groups can help patients, caregivers and family members share their experiences, regain control and get on with their lives.

We urge you to consider joining a support group. All of our support groups are free and open to the public. Please call for current meeting times and locations. In addition, several local organizations sponsor support groups. We would be happy to make a referral for you.

Here are some of HOA's Individual Support, Family Support and Support Groups:

Recurrent and Metastatic group

This group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 4:00 - 5:30 at the Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY, Brittonfield office, 3rd floor, Boardroom. It is for any patient who has recurrent or advanced disease. The group is a self help, open support group that addresses the unique challenges of patients that have advanced disease. It is cofacilitated by Gussie Sorensen and Beth Connolly ,NP.

Please RSVP to 315-472-7504

Moving Forward

"Moving Forward" meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY, Brittonfield office, 3rd floor. If interested call (315)-472-7504 ext 1397.The meetings are designed for breast cancer patients diagnosed within the past year. A different topic is presented each month presented by a local expert followed by a question and answer session. 

Anyone is welcome RSVP to:

“I Can Cope” Online Classes Through the American Cancer Society 

“I Can Cope” online classes are available through the ACS  These classes are self-paced and can be done in the privacy of one's home.  They provide valuable information to assist in the cancer journey. 

Cancer Connects

T:(315) 634-5004

Cancer Connects is a non-profit 501(c) (3), Tax-exempt Corporation established in 2006 to ease the cancer journey for patients in Central New York.  Programs and services are provided to cancer patients irrespective of their medical practice or hospital affiliation. You can visit their website for more information.

Patient Mentor Program

Connects cancer patients in the Central New York community with a cancer survivor (a mentor) who has had a similar cancer diagnosis, providing one-on-one support. 

Complementary Therapy Voucher Award Program

Provides funding to cancer patients for several visits of a complementary therapy modality of their choosing.

Auburn / Cayuga County Cancer Support Group

T: (315) 472-7504

Support Group for patient’s and family/friends Auburn Memorial Hospital. Meeting takes place during the last
week of the month, day varies. Contact Kathy Bennett for more information.

Crouse Support Group “Pink Therapy”

The support group, free for breast cancer survivors only, will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, in the Marley Education Center, 765 Irving Ave. Rm 219, Syracuse.  To register please call (315)472-2464.

St. Joseph’s Health Center

T: (315) 448-5175

Breast Cancer Support Group

American Cancer Society

T: 1-800-227-2345

The American Cancer Society has free programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need..

  • National Cancer Information Center  (NCIC)

Provides information and support to those facing cancer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Trained cancer information specialists are available via phone, email or live chat providing accurate, up to date cancer information to patients, family members and caregivers and connections them with valuable services and resources in their communities.

  • Patient Lodging Programs
  • Road to Recovery (Rides to Treatment)
  • Reach to Recovery (Breast Cancer Support)
  • Look Good Feel Better (Help with appearance-related side effects of treatment)
  • Online Communities and Support

Cancer Survivors Network

I Can Cope – online cancer education classes

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Support Group

T: 1(716) 834-2578

LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Camp Good Days and Special Times

T: (315) 434-9477

A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges

Cancer Care

Free online Cancer Support Groups and Resources for cancer patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals from CancerCare

Living Beyond Breast Cancer

T: 1(610)645-4567

LBBC mission includes offering specialized programs and services for the newly diagnosed, young women, women with advanced breast cancer, women at high risk for developing the disease, and African-American and Latina women. LBBC offers programs for caregivers and healthcare professionals to help them better meet the needs of women affected by breast cancer.