Support Groups

Grappling with the wide range of emotions that arise when faced with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can appear overwhelming.  It’s a struggle for both patients and their loved ones. It is not, however, a struggle anyone has to go through alone.


Rolfe Foundation Sponsored Groups:

Cancer Wellness Center, Northbrook – The Cancer Wellness Center provides a nurturing environment and understanding community for those who have been affected by, or are dealing with, cancer.  They offer a variety of physician lectures, counseling services, educational events and special programming throughout the year, and post a new calendar of events on their website every quarter.  All programs are free for anyone impacted by cancer, including those with a diagnosis, family members, and those who have lost a loved one.

The Rolfe Foundation supports the Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group at the Wellness House, facilitated by Katie Salyer, PsyD ., which meets the 2nd Thursday of every month, from 5:30pm - 7:00pm.  Patients, adult family members, and loved ones are welcome to attend.

Cancer Wellness Center
215 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062 
847-509-9595 or 866-292-9355 (toll-free) 

Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group meets 2nd Thursday of the month (5:30pm - 7:00pm) 

Facilitator: Katie Salyer, PsyD 

Wellness House - The Wellness House is described as a warm, welcoming home filled with people and programs that are there to help.  Offering support groups, classes, social events and much, much more - Wellness House was built to give back the strength, community and control that cancer can take away.

The Rolfe Foundation supports the Pancreatic Cancer Networking Drop-in Group at the Wellness House, facilitated by Lisa Kolavennu, LCPC., which meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Patients, adult family members, and loved ones are encouraged to attend.

Wellness House
131 N. County Line Road 
Hinsdale, IL 60521
630-323-5150

Pancreatic Cancer Networking Drop-in Group meets 3rd Thursday of the month (7:00pm - 8:30pm)

Facilitator:  Lisa Kolavennu, LCPC

One on One Cancer Support:

The 4th Angel NetworkThe 4th Angel Program matches patients with cancer survivors of similar backgrounds and age who offer advice and support.  They also arrange for caregivers to be matched with mentors.  This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can connect with an angel anywhere in the country.

Imerman Angels.orgImerman Angels was created on the belief that no one should have to fight cancer alone.  Through their unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with a Mentor Angel – someone who is the same age and gender as the individual seeking support, and who has beaten the same type of cancer.  It is a completely free service, and the one-on-one relationships Immerman forges gives a cancer fighter (or caregiver) the chance to ask personal questions and find support from someone who has been there before.

Online and Telephone Support Services:

ACOR.orgThe Association of Cancer Online Resource’s Pancreatic Cancer Online Community is an online support community for patients and their loved ones. Because pancreatic cancer patients often face an uphill battle, an online community that includes long-term survivors, current patients and caregivers can often provide new members with information, suggestions, support, and feelings of hope that they may not be able to find in their local communities.

Cancer.NetCancer.Net provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.  All content is subject to a formal peer-review process by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates.

CancerCareCancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that helps people confront the many challenges of a cancer diagnosis by offering free education and support programs.  They help patients and their loved ones understand and deal with their diagnosis, their treatment options, quality-of-life concerns, and other important issues. 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

CaringBridgeCaringBridge is a not-for-profit that hosts free, private Web sites for patients facing a serious health event and their support networks.  Using a CaringBridge Web page, patients and caregivers can share updates, post photos, and receive messages of hope and encouragement through a guestbook.

Johns Hopkins Discussion ForumThis un-moderated discussion forum allows patients to post messages and communicate about pancreatic cancer. The Johns Hopkins iPAD application for Pancreatic Cancer is an educational guide for patients, family members, and friends facing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Created by leading experts in the field, this interactive application includes text, illustrations, animations, and videos. Emphasis is placed on multi-disciplinary care and the team approach. The App is free and is available in the iTunes storeFor a description of the app, visit their website here

Let's Win -  ‎Let's Win‬ is an online community for those affected by‪ ‎Pancreatic Cancer‬. This is a place to share experiences with innovative science driven treatments and learn about the newest research, breakthroughs and clinical trials.

OncoLink.org - OncoLink is a free on-line service form the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center.  It is a complete source of cancer information for patients, their families, caretakers, and friends. Visitors can get information on everything from cancer support services, resources, books, and stress relief. 

The Wellness Community
1-888-793-WELL
The Wellness Community provides education and support services for cancer patients, their families, and friends.  Programs offered include support groups, stress-reduction techniques, cancer education workshops, etc.

Whipple Warriors
Whipple Warriors is a patient-based advocacy organization of Whipple patients and caregivers whose mission is to educate, support, and advocate for all Whipple Surgery Survivors.  As well as offering support services, they also work to advance research for the needs of the Whipple patients.