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Support Groups and Services

While our expertise sets us apart from other cancer hospitals in Michigan, our Patient-centered support services guide each Patient's emotional journey through cancer. Read more about the support groups and services offered to cancer Patients and their families at Sparrow.

Social Worker

Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center has an oncology social worker, available to assist with the psychological, social, and practical issues that affect Patients, families, and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis. The challenges and treatment of a cancer diagnosis can be distressing. Our social worker provides guidance, psychosocial support, and short-term counseling for Patients and families during or after cancer treatment. Our social worker can also be of assistance when confronting the practical matters that arise during treatment, such as transportation, home care, and finances.

Our oncology social worker is familiar with the resources available to Sparrow Patients and can help connect you to these valuable services, including local support groups. It is our goal to help you receive the care that best meets your unique needs. Please ask your Physicians or Nurses to connect you with our social worker any time you have concerns or resource needs.

Breast Cancer Support Group (WINS)
WINS is a breast cancer support group at Sparrow designed for anyone who has, had, or knows someone with breast cancer. The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan. WINS takes place in the first floor conference rooms A and B. Contact Sharon Cosgrove at 517.364.5471 for more information.

Prostate Cancer Support Group of Mid-Michigan
This is a support group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, along with their family and friends. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan. It takes place in the first floor conference rooms A and B. Contact Deb Batterbee at 517.364.9421 for more information.

Monthly Cancer Support Group
A support group for men and women affected by all kinds of cancer and their caregivers. Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center in Lansing, Michigan. You can find this group on the first floor in conference room B. Call 517.364.9426 for more information.

Pastoral Services
During your cancer journey, you may need help to access the spiritual and personal resources necessary to maintain your sense of well-being, faith, and hope. Sparrow chaplains support cancer Patients and families of any or no religion. We provide emotional and spiritual support, assist with access to religious needs or rituals, and collaborate with the treatment team to meet your needs. You may reach our office at 517.364.2707 Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or have the operator page us by dialing 0 from a Sparrow phone.

Healthy Steps
Healthy Steps is a supportive, therapeutic exercise group for women with breast cancer and/or breast cancer survivors. The group meets every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Sparrow Professional Building and Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the St. Johns Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Call 517.364.9426 for more information.

Look Good Feel Better
A trained beauty professional will lead the small group through practical hands-on experience. Women will learn about make-up techniques, skincare, nail care and options related to hair loss. Each participant receives a free kit of cosmetics worth over $250 for use during and after the workshop. Program is offered at the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, 1st floor Conference Room B on the last Monday of the month 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Call American Cancer Society to register 1-800-395-LOOK (5665) as space is limited.

Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club (MAC)
The Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club (MAC) offers discounts for Sparrow’s cancer Patients. All cancer Patients receive a one week complimentary guest pass to the MAC. New members will have the enrollment fee waived and current members will receive a complimentary Jump Start of their choice: Personal Trainer visit, Registered Dietician visit or a Wellness Trainer visit. Please call the MAC membership office at 517.364.8888 for more information.

Another Look Hair Institute and Front Room Underfashions Boutique
This boutique – located on the first floor of Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center near the elevators – provides post-mastectomy camisoles, mastectomy bras and prostheses, bra fittings, hair growth stimulation treatments, thinning hair solutions, wigs, and hair lengthening extensions among other products to assist Patients in looking and feeling their best during the cancer treatment journey. For more information, please call 517.364.9426.