Classes, Events & Support at Banner Thunderbird  

Support Groups




Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offers a variety of support groups:

Breastfeeding Support Group
Our experts will provide information and answer your questions in regard to successful breastfeeding.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month
  • Where: East Entrance
  • Call: (602) 865-5908 

Cancer Support Groups
As a cancer patient, you may  find you need help coping with the emotional as well as the practical aspects of having cancer. Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offers multiple support groups to provide cancer patients and their caregivers a safe place to ask questions, share information and feel encouraged by talking with others going through a similar experience.

Groups are open to all individuals with cancer, as well as their care partners, family and friends.

Cost is free  for all groups. See below for the descriptions and specific dates and times.

Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Support Group
Support for individuals, and their caregivers, who have been diagnosed with oral, head, neck, esophageal and lung cancers.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. , First Tursday of each month
  • Where: First Floor -- Quality Management/CPAI Office
  • Call: Dr. Patricia DeBruhl at (602) 865-5450

Patient and Caregiver Support Group
Support for individuals and their caregivers who have been diagnosed with cancer. 
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:45, second Tuesday of the month
  • Where: First Floor -- Quality Management/CPAI Office
  • Call: Dr. Patricia DeBruhl at (602) 865-5450

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:45, third Tuesday of the month
  • Where: First Floor -- Quality Management/CPAI Office
  • Call: Dr. Patricia DeBruhl at (602) 865-5450

Breast Cancer Support Group
Support for individuals, and their caregivers, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month
  • Where: First Floor -- Quality Management/CPAI Office
  • Call: Dr. Patricia DeBruhl at (602) 865-5450

Upcoming Dates and Topics

  • Nov. 23--BTMC Rehab Department, "Keeping Well in Mind and Body: The Benefits of Fitness"

I Can Cope
"I Can Cope" is an educational program that promotoes physical and emotional well-being for adults with cancer and their family members and friends. November's session will be presented by Banner Thunderbird Medical Center's Rehabilitaiton department.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 -7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23
  • Where: Conference Room 3A (Main hospital, Tower A)
  • To Register: Call BTMC Cancer Support SErvices department  - (602) 865-5450.

CLIMB Program
A supportive, educational program for children, ages 5-14 with a family member (parent, grandparent, or sibling) diagnosed with cancer. The program is offered twice yearly for six weeks; start date varies.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays , Sept. 16 - Oct. 21, 2015
  • Where: First Floor -- Quality Management/CPAI Office
  • For more information and to register, call Dr. Patricia DeBruhl at (602) 865-5450                                                                  

In Living Color
In Living Color is a free, art themed support group available to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. Caregivers are also welcome. Art Expert Paula Artac leads the class encouraging participant expression through a variety of art techniques and materials. No art experience is necessary and participants are welcome regardless of stage in treatment or recovery. Space is limited so please register by calling (602) 230-2273 (CARE) 
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room 9Main hospital, Tower A)
  • To Register: For more information and specific directions, please register by calling (602) 230-2273 (230-CARE)
  • Upcoming 2015 dates:  
    • Thursday, Nov. 12
    • Thursday, Nov. 19

Look Good ... Feel Better
This is a program where women in active treatment for cancer meet to learn techniques to cope with appearance-related side effects. The American Cancer Society provides trained volunteer cosmetologists to teach women methods for using cosmetics, wigs and scarves to improve self-confidence. The group meets multiple times throughout the year.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: 3A Conference Room
  • For more information, please call the American Cancer Society Navigator  - (602) 865-4689
  • Upcoming 2015 dates:

Stroke Support Group
Sessions are open to stroke survivors and their family/caregivers. We meet to provide support to survivors of stroke and their caregivers and to provide encouragement, interaction and information about stroke care and rehabilitation

Facilitators will be Sarah Badalamenti, RN, Banner Thunderbird stroke coordinator and Chaplain Steven Prusinski

  • Cost: Free
  • When: All sessions meet from 10-11 a.m., the second Thursday of every month.
  • Where: Banner Thunderbird Medical Center's Navajo Room, west campus
  • Registration: Call (602) 230-2273 (230-CARE) to reserve your seat. Registration is not required, but it is suggested so we can let you know if there are any last minute changes.

Grief Support Group
The Grief Recovery® Outreach Programs are 12-week educational programs guiding participants in the return to a full life. There are four open sessions where new members are welcome to join and then eight closed sessions. Participants follow a step-by-step approach using a textbook and a structured format. This approach enables one to regain a sense of meaning, value and joy even though life is different than before the loss occurred.

Register for The Grief Recovery® Outreach Programs

New Moms Postpartum Support Group
The New Moms Support Group is a time of sharing and support.  It is a place to discuss the challenges and rewards of motherhood, as well as a safe place to openly share postpartum concerns and issues. This group is led by experienced nurses/mothers. Monthly daytime meetings and follow-up appointments are also available
  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every second and fourth Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: Location varies in the hospital
  • Call (602) 865-5908 for more information.   

An open meeting for family members of alcoholics.
  • Cost: Free
  • When: Every Saturday from 7-8 p.m.
  • Where: Sedona Room

Tai Chi for Relaxation
Tai Chi classes are offered to Banner Thunderbird Cancer patients and their caregivers. Ai Chi is a wonderful complement to medical treatment, reduces stress and promotes self-healing.

  • Cost: Free
  • When: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 17
  • Where: First floor - Outpatient Surgery Waiting Area
  • To Register: Call (602) 230-2273 (CARE)  
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
5555 W. Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 865-5555
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