Dane County Support Services

The UW Carbone Cancer Center lists the following Dane County support services as a convenience to our patients and to cancer patients in the state and region. Please note that inclusion on this list does not imply that the services are endorsed or sponsored by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Please contact these organizations directly for additional information.


American Cancer Society Navigator

American Cancer Society Navigators offer free, confidential, one-on-one support to cancer patients and those who care for them. Navigators listen, learn your needs and create an individualized plan made just for you. Navigators provide a vital link between a cancer survivor and resources in the community, including transportation, lodging, and other American Cancer Society programs such as At Home which provides access to free medical equipment for cancer patients, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and commodes. Call 800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.


Bosom Buddies

A support group for breast cancer patients and survivors who meet to share experience and information. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month. Call (608) 244-3062, (608) 831-1841 or (608) 833-1281 for more information. E-mail support group also available at MadisonBB@att.net.


Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Infinite Boundaries Retreat Program

Provides environments in which women may heal emotionally, spiritually and physically from breast cancer. Offers four-day wellness retreats for women living with breast cancer. The Foundation also sponsors awareness and educational programs. To find out how to participate and for information on upcoming retreats, visit the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation website or call (608) 661-4178.


Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Center for Patient Partnerships serves patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses and their families, regardless of income or residence. Patient advocates work with clients to help them make more informed medical decisions, access care, navigate employment issues, find support and build their own self-advocacy skills as needed. The Center trains professional/graduate students in law, medicine, social work, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, psychology, biology, health systems engineering and others who will work in or around the health care system in their future careers. Advocacy may include issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment, coordination of care and support, family matters, employment, medical bills/insurance, public benefits or public/private disability. For more information, e-mail advocacy@patientpartnerships.org or call (608) 890-0321.


Gilda's Club Madison

Gilda's Club Madison is a free, non-profit cancer support community for anyone touched by any kind of cancer as well as their families and friends of all ages. We are here to ensure that everyone impacted by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. We offer programs in Middleton, Dodgeville, Baraboo and online. Our weekly support groups includes separate groups for people with a diagnosis, supporters, teens and kids. Those interested in joining Gilda's Club should email program@gildasclubmadison.org or call (608) 828-8880 to attend a new member orientation. Membership is free, and the orientation will help you determine which programs are right for you and your loved ones. The following groups meet monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison:

  • Blood Cancer Support and Education Group: 2nd Monday, 5:30-7pm. All blood cancer diagnoses welcome. In partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Facilitated by Eva Allen, APNP, and Kristin Scheeler, OSW-C.
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Networking Group: 3rd Wednesday, 1-2:30pm. Whether you are scheduled for a transplant or have had one. In partnership with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, this is a group for support and education. Facilitated by Kristin Scheeler, OSW-C.
  • Breast Cancer Monthly Support: 1st Monday, 6-7:30pm.This professionally facilitated group is for Gilda's Club members touched by breast cancer who wish to share their stories, challenges and resources with others. Both women and men are welcome. Facilitated by Nan Gardner, LMFT.
  • Breast Cancer Instant Sisters: 1st Tuesday, 11:30am-1:30pm. This support group is for women who are survivors of metastatic breast cancer - breast cancer that has spread to other areas of the body. Occasional guest speakers provide education on pertinent topics. Facilitated by Lauren Cunningham, Ph.D., Psychologist. For more information, e-mail instantsisters@gmail.com or call (608) 828-8880.
  • Cancer Transitions: This is a six-week workshop is designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Expert panelists including physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts will discuss exercise tailored to each participant's abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Facilitated by Kirsten Norslien, LPC. Program scheduled from 9-11am Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 12 to 28, 2016, at UW Health at The American Center. Learn more (pdf) or call (608) 828-8880.
  • Caregiving for Cancer: 2nd Monday, 6-7:30pm.This monthly group provides an opportunity for caregivers of people living with cancer to connect, share experiences and gather information from both peers and our professional facilitator, Nan Gardner, LMFT.
  • GI Cancer Networking Group: 3rd Wednesday, 2-4pm. In partnership with Carbone Cancer Center, this group is for anyone with cancer of the GI tract. Facilitated by Mary Mulkarin, BSN, RN.
  • Gynecological Cancer Networking Group: 4th Thursday, 6-7:30pm. Networking and emotional support for anyone affected by a gynecological cancer. Facilitated by Sara Tripalin, LMFT.
  • Living with Loss: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm.This bi-monthly grief support group is for adults who have experienced a loss due to cancer. Facilitated by Carissa Hodgson, LCSW.
  • Lung Cancer: 2nd Thursday, 6-7:30pm. For anyone facing a lung cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by Emily Link, CCMHC.
  • Parenting through Cancer: 3rd Saturday, 10-11:30am. This monthly group is for parents who have a cancer diagnosis, as well as for their partners and co-parents. A variety of topics are covered during this group, including how to talk to kids about cancer, maintaining a sense of normalcy throughout diagnosis and treatment, setting boundaries and expectations, adjusting to new schedules and responsibilities, balancing self-care and the heightened needs of children and the affects of cancer on your relationship with a partner and other family members. Supervised play and organized activities for children are provided during the group. If you plan to bring children, please register them for Kids Play (a separate event) so Gilda's Club staff can plan accordingly. Facilitated by Jennifer Yessa-Kast, LCSW.
  • Prostate Cancer Networking Group: 3rd Wednesday, 6:30-8pm. A supportive gathering of men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meetings are both sharing and educational. Facilitated by Bob Capes.
  • Young Survivors Networking Group: 2nd Thursday, 6-7:30pm. For those with a cancer connection who are in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Facilitated by Kirsten Norslien, LPC.

Hope Chest: Women Sharing their Breast Cancer Journey with Hope

Provides individual and group support for women in the Stoughton area who have breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or having completed treatment. Offers a support system where women can come together locally to share their experience or concerns. For more information regarding time and location, call (608) 873-6041 or (608) 770-7829.


Look Good … Feel Better

A community-based, free service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to ten women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.


Reach To Recovery

This program offered by the American Cancer Society can help breast cancer patients (female and male) cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer can provide a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision-making. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, verbalize fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.


Road to Recovery

Program that assists ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.


TEAMSurvivor Madison
The mission of TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc. is to provide women cancer survivors a variety of fitness activities, education and support while taking an active role in our physical and emotional well-being. TEAMSurvivor is unique in that it is open to women surviving any type of cancer diagnosis. Its programs are open to women of all ages and fitness levels, in all stages of cancer treatment and recovery. Visit the TEAMSurvivor Madison website or e-mail info@teamsurvivormadison.org.


United Way 2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 is a community resource line, providing 24-hour, 365-day a year, free and confidential information and referral services for people in Dane County who are in need of help. Call 2-1-1 within Dane County or (608) 246-4357 from outside Dane County and from cellular phones.


WeCanRow Madison

WeCanRow Madison is a rowing program designed specifically for women cancer survivors, where we can connect with fellow survivors and support each other through recovery. Together we rebuild our physical strength, mental focus and self-confidence, all while developing a bond of teamwork and friendship with fellow female survivors. If you are a woman surviving cancer, we invite you to join us. No previous rowing experience required, and all ages and abilities are welcome. From January through March, we work out indoors on rowing machines at Camp Randall Rowing Club. From April to September, we row on the water on Lake Monona. For more information, visit the WeCanRow Madison website or e-mail us at wecanrowmadison@gmail.com.


The Witness Project

The Witness Project is a health program for African-American women, which features a group of women who each "witness" about their triumph over breast or cervical cancer. These women provide support, encouragement and hope for one another. This project also offers community education regarding breast self-exam, pap tests, and signs and symptoms of breast and cervical cancer and provides a list of resources that offer low or no cost services to women of color. For more information, call (608) 658-3758.


Wisconsin Well Woman
Wisconsin Well Woman is a statewide program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening for women who have limited or no insurance. Women must meet age and income eligibility criteria in order to enroll in the program. Members may choose from more than 25 area clinics for screening. For more information, call (608) 242-6392.