Support Groups

​At the Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center, we strive to treat the whole person, as well as the cancer. Here you can learn more about our comprehensive support services, as well as local and national resources available to cancer patients.

Saint Francis Health System believes in treating the cancer, as well as addressing the emotional and psychological needs of patients. Resources are available including Saint Francis services, community services, medication assistance and cancer education.

Saint Francis Health System Services
Warren Cancer Research Foundation
The Warren Cancer Research Foundation provides the infrastructure to support the Oklahoma Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) at the Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center. The Oklahoma CCOP provides area patients access to nationwide cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials. Patients are able to take advantage of these state-of-the-art clinical trials while enjoying the comforts and routine of everyday home life.
Warren Cancer Research Foundation
6465 South Yale Avenue, Suite707
Phone: 918-491-5878
View a List of our Active Clinical Trials

Laureate Outpatient Clinic
Laureate helps patients, family members and caregivers deal with the emotional and behavioral changes related to a cancer diagnosis. Psychologists and licensed therapists are available to talk with patients and their loved ones (including children and adolescents). All calls are confidential.
Laureate Outpatient Clinic
6655 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74136
Schedule an appointment: 918-491-3700
Mental health emergencies: 918-481-4000

Pastoral Care
Staff is available to listen carefully and understand compassionately, to care and to pray with those who desire to do so. To set up a time to talk with a Pastoral Care staff member, please call 918-494-7435.
Saint Francis Hospital Chapel
The Chapel, located on the south wing of the first floor, is always open to patients, their families and visitors. Mass is celebrated daily and all are welcome at any time.

Community Resources
American Cancer Society

Several local programs and services are available to cancer patients. Below are just a few options. For more information, please call 918-743-6767 or visit them at www.cancer.org.

Look Good…..Feel Better – This program is a community-based, free service provided by the American Cancer Society. Licensed volunteer cosmetologists demonstrate techniques for enhancing appearance while undergoing cancer treatment with tips on wigs, turbans, makeup, skin care and more.
When: Call for more information: 918-477-5400
Where: Tulsa, Pryor, Wagoner, Claremore, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Ponca City, Stillwater and more.
 
American Cancer Society Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group
Prostate cancer support group for men and their spouses.
When: 7:00 p.m. – second Monday of each month
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Caring and Sharing – Cancer support group meeting weekly on Thursdays at noon. Call 918-743-6767, extension 3 for more information.
 
I Can Cope – An educational program for people facing cancer. Current patients, family members and caregivers can benefit. Classes are available online.
 
Reach to Recovery – Volunteer visitation program comprised of trained breast cancer survivors who respond to breast cancer patients and their families’ concerns regarding diagnosis, treatment, pre- and post-surgery support.
Information: American Cancer Society: 918-477-5400 or 24-hour-line: 1-800-ACS-2345.
 
The Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center is pleased to offer patients the convenience of a specially-dedicated American Cancer Society (ACS) Resource Room. Open Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the ACS Resource Room is located on Level B of the Cancer Center, directly across from the Blue North elevators.
Services provided free of charge from the ACS include:
• Prosthesis and prosthesis fitting
• Wigs (several colors and styles)
• Hats, scarves and turbans
• Books
• Gas cards
• Guestroom hotel program: Free hotel stay for patients traveling 50 miles or more one way
• Road to Recovery: Volunteer transportation program through which patients are taken to and from treatment
• Personal health managers: Information kits/medical paperwork organizers
• Educational materials for kids, families and patients
For more information about the ACS Resource Room, please call 918-502-3150.

Leukemia and Lymphoma – Patient and Family Support Group
(Sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Oklahoma Chapter)
Support for patients, family and friends dealing with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Hodgkin’s and blood and marrow transplant issues.
When: 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month or 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.
Where: Saint Francis Hospital, 6161 S. Yale Ave., Natalie Warren Bryant Cancer Center Lobby (Radiation/Oncology Therapy Dept. waiting room) or (1:30 p.m., third Wednesday) St. John Medical Center’s Mary Kay Chapman Health Plaza.
 
For more information about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Oklahoma Chapter, visit its Oklahoma Patient Services or call 405-943-8888; toll- free 888-828-4572. www.lls.org
 
Mustard Seed
Support for cancer patients, family and friends
When: 11:00 a.m. – second Saturday of each month
Where: 6991 E. 72nd (site may change)
Information: Roseanne Pasco: 918-492-4953 or Betty Scrivner: 918-299-3413

New Voice Club
The New Voice Club provides monthly support groups open to current and former laryngectomy cancer patients and their caregivers. Call 918-543-3833 or 918-744-2476 for more information.
 
Tulsa Ostomy Association
Support for patients dealing with surgeries that require ostomy. An ostomy connects either the small or the large intestine to the surface of the body.
When: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., fourth Thursday of each month (except November and December)
Where: University Village, 8555 S. Lewis (in the theater)
Information: Kay Pugh: 918-446-8542 or Rick Stephens: 918-437-1317
http://www.ostomyok.org/tulsa/
 
Bereavement – New Horizons
This group provides structured and facilitated support for those who have lost someone to cancer and have struggled to make progress over the years.
When: 6:00 p.m. each Monday and 3:30 p.m. each Thursday
Where: Grace Hospice of Oklahoma, 6400 S. Lewis, Suite 1000
Information: Mark Tibey: 918-744-7223
 
Cancer Support Group – “Just in Time,” Owasso
Support for cancer patients, survivors and family/friends
When: 6:30 p.m. to (as needed)
Where: Owasso Community Center
Information: Dora Johnson: 918-371-2242
 
Cooking Class
Learn about cancer-fighting foods, herbs, spices, botanicals and supplements.
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th, Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Fighting Fatigue
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Healing Bible Class – Rhema
Where: Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Information: Call Cancer Treatment Centers of America for more information: 918-286-5108
 
Healing Class – Victory Christian
Where: Victory Christian Church, 7700 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: Call Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th, Tulsa, OK 74136, 918-286-5108
 
Humor Therapy
Mind Body Medicine Department will help patients face cancer treatment with humor.
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Imagery for Better Health
When: 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
“Just for Caregivers” Support Group
Helping caregivers work through the difficult feelings and adjustments encountered in coping with illness, improving quality of life, building hope and fighting cancer.
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
“Just for Patients” Support Group
Help for anyone with the difficult feelings and adjustments encountered when dealing with cancer, coping with illness, improving quality of life and building hope.
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Lung Cancer Alliance
For all patients diagnosed with lung cancer in the past six months and who are in or planning treatment.
Information: Call Lung Cancer Alliance: 1-800-298-2436
 
Lymphedema
Support for patients with lymphedema directed by the Oncology Rehab Department
When: 6:30 p.m. – second Thursday of every month
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th,Tulsa, OK 74136 (Meet in Rehab Dept.)
Information: 918-286-5108
 
Ovarian – “Anna’s Belles” Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Support for ovarian cancer patients
When: Once a month on Saturday
Where: Cancer Treatment Center of American, 10109 E. 79th, Conference Room D, 1st floor
Information: Anna Schlichting: 918-247-6308 or email anna@intcon.net
 
Pink Ribbon Sisters (Newly-Diagnosed and Survivors)
Support for breast cancer patients
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., second Monday of the month
Where: Y/Me office, 4606 E. 67th, Suite 314
Information: Y/Me – Northeastern Oklahoma: 918-494-8808
 
Touched by Cancer Support Group at Saint Benedict
Catholic support group for anyone affected by cancer
When: Third Sunday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Saint Benedict Church, 2200 W. Ithica St., Broken Arrow, OK
Information: 918-455-4451 (ask for Jeanne Draughen, R.N.)
 
SPOHNC-Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer, Inc.
A patient-directed, self-help organization offers information, support and encouragement to newly-diagnosed, survivors, family members and friends in a friendly and non-threatening forum. Survivors discuss their situations, experiences, coping strategies and hopes.
When: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of each month
Where: Hardesty Public Library, 8316 E. 93rd
Information: Christine Griffin, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N.: 918-261-8858, beritgriffin@cox.net
 
Talking to Children about Cancer
Where: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th, Tulsa, OK 74136
Information: 918-286-5108
 
The Tristesse Center
Provides grief counseling for children and adults. Children, teens and adult group sessions offered. Specific loss group sessions (infant loss, young widow/widowers, victims of violence, suicide, anticipatory grief, etc.), art therapy and individual counseling available. (Sliding-scale prices apply.)
When: Call for schedules
Where: The Tristesse Center, 1709 S. Baltimore
Information: 918-587-1200
 
More information on a variety of Oklahoma support groups may be found at www.oscook.org
 
Medication Assistance
Partnership for Prescription Assistance

For information on pharmaceutical patient assistance programs, search for medications by name, download and print application forms. Call 1-888-4PPA-NOW or visit www.PPARx.org 
 
Books
A Reason for Optimism: Treating Cancer with Bone Marrow Transplant
Barbara Munson
 
Choices in Healing
Michael Lerner
 
Getting Well Again
Carol O. Simonton M.D., James L. Creighton, Ph.D., Stephanie Matthews-Simonton
 
Going for the Cure
Francesca Thompson
 
Grace and Grit
Treya and Ken Wilbur
 
It's Always Something
Gilda Radner
 
Love, Medicine, and Miracles
Bernie Siegel, M.D.
 
Peace, Love, and Healing
Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Local Organization
Been There Done That (Stem Cell Recipients) and Recurrent Diagnosis

Support for patients experiencing a recurrence or advanced cancer.
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., first Monday of the month
Where: Y-Me-Northeastern Oklahoma 918-494-8808

National Organizations
National Foundation for Transplants

Corporate Headquarters
5350 Poplar Ave; Suite 430
Memphis, TN 38119
800-489-3863
www.transplants.org
This organization provides healthcare and financial support services and patient advocacy for transplant candidates, recipients and their families.
 
National Marrow Donor Program
3001 Broadway St. NE # 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753
800-MARROW-2 (800-627-7692)
www.marrow.org
The National Marrow Donor Program offers information on becoming an unrelated volunteer donor and assistance to families conducting bone marrow donor drives. A patient advocate is available to answer questions and work with patients on insurance issues.
 
American Cancer Society
Great Plains Division
Attention: Patient Services Department
205 Williams Street, NW, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30329
877-227-1618
800-227-2345: 24-hour cancer information line
www.cancer.org
      Tulsa Chapter
      4110 S. 100 E. Ave.,
      Grant Bldg., Ste. 101
      Tulsa, OK 74146
      918-743-6767
The American Cancer Society provides a 24-hour, nationwide cancer information line that offers the public up-to-date cancer information and local cancer resources; publishes brochures about various cancers and treatment options and sponsors support groups for cancer patients and their families.
 
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Information Services
31 Center Drive
MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237)
www.cancergovstaff@mail.nit.gov
This organization offers information on cancers, treatment options and clinical trials in your area.
 
Aplastic Anemia/MDS
International Foundation, Inc.
100 Park Avenue; Suite 108
Rockville, MD 20850
800-747-2820
www.aamds.org
This organization publishes a newsletter and provides educational materials and support groups for aplastic anemia patients.
 
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc.
1801 Willamette Street; Suite 200
Eugene, OR 97401
888-FANCONI 888-326-2664
www.fanconi.org
The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. publishes a newsletter and sponsors a support network for families of Fanconi anemia patients.
 
The Lymphoma Foundation
Box 286236
New York, NY 10128
212-831-5532
www.lymphomafoundation.org
 
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Head Office
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
914-949-5213
www.lls.org
    
Oklahoma Chapter
500 N. Broadway; Suite 250
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405-943-8888
888-828-4572
     
The International Myeloma Foundation
12650 Riverside Drive; Suite 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607
800-452-CURE (800-452-2873)
www.myeloma.org

National Cancer Education
The following links are recommended sites for those wanting to learn more about a specific cancer type and cancer in general:

Bone Marrow Transplants
Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network
National Foundation for Transplants
Be the Match – National Marrow Donor Program

Cancer Information and Support
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute

Anemia Information and Support
Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma
International Myeloma Foundation
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society