Cancer Support Group

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Faculty, staff, students, and retirees who have been diagnosed with or have had cancer are welcome.  It's  an opportunity to meet one another, create a community of support, and learn about resources available on campus and in Ithaca.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month

2019: February 13,  March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12,  July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 18

Noon - 1:00 pm, 321 Weill Hall

No pre-registration necessary

The group is facilitated by Monica Vakiner, Director of Client Services at the Cancer Resource Center. Bob Riter, Patient Advocate for the Cornell Physical Sciences Oncology Center, is assisting with coordination of this group.

Please note this group is not for caregivers of those with cancer. The Cancer Resource Center offers a caregiver group on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at its office (612 West State St.). Cornell Work/Life also offers a Caregiver Support & Education Network that meets monthly on campus.  Additional cancer support groups are available at the Cancer Resource Center and are listed here

For more information, please contact Monica Vakiner ( or Bob Riter (


Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and Cornell Human Resources - Work/Life 


Also see:  Navigating Health Challenges - Cornell-specific resource guide for support with challenges such as cancer, work scheduling, caregiving, and finances.