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Support Groups

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers a wide variety of support groups for both Veterans and family members. Talk with a social worker in your Prime Care Clinic for more information.

Cancer Support Groups
Surviving cancer can be physically and mentally challenging. There can be fear and uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring. Cancer support groups help patients and family members cope, adjust and find balance when newly diagnosed, getting treatments, and dealing with physical and emotional side effects. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact your Cancer Specialist or call Elizabeth Conti, PhD, at 713-791-1414, extension 27987 or Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, at extension 25273. 

  • Breast Cancer: Meets the second Tuesday of every month. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room, 4C-345.
  • Vets Helping Vets (all cancers and caregivers): Meets the third Tuesday of every month. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room, 4C-345.
  • Living with Prostate Cancer: Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room 4C-345.

Caregiver Support Group
Groups are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Fisher House III located on the MEDVAMC campus
Also at the following VA Outpatient Clinics: Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Texas City, and Tomball.
This monthly support group is open to all Caregivers of Veterans. The group will provide information about various VA and community resources while providing Caregivers with a time to interact and ask questions. Parking is available at Fisher House III on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact the local Caregiver Support Program Coordinators LaShanta Dorsey-Lee, RN, MSN at 713-791-1414, extension 23319 or Lakeshia Hasten, LCSW at 713-791-1414, extension 24569. For more information about the Caregiver Support Program, visit https://www.caregiver.va.gov/.

Epilepsy Support Group
The group meets the second Friday of every month in Room 2B-210.
Patients can learn skills to manage living with epilepsy and improve quality of life. It is also an opportunity to meet with Veterans with epilepsy. For more information, please contact Melissa Fadipe, at 713-794-8835. Patients need to contact the Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner to schedule an appointment for travel pay.

MOVE! Weight Management Groups
For more information about the following MOVE! Support Groups, please contact the Group facilitator Jordyn Forsyth at 713-791-1414, extension 26166.

  • MOVE! 101 - Introduction/Enrollment into MOVE!: Group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. 9:00 a.m. Check in Clinic 2.
  • Weight Management Support Group - Nutrition Focused: The group meets the first Thursday of each month.  9:00 a.m., Prime Care Clinic 2.
  • Weight Management Support Group - Behavior Focused: Meets the third Thursday of each month. 10:00 a.m., Prime Care Clinic 2.
  • Women’s Support Group: Meets the third Thursday of each month. 9:00 a.m., Women’s Clinic

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group 
This group meets the second Thursday of each month.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2A Dayroom, Room 2B-210.
For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Angelica Rivera, PT, Rosa Lane-Smith, LCSW, or Rose Galicia, LCSW at 713-791-1414 extensions 24034 or 27951.   

Parkinson's Disease Education/Support Group (PADRECC)
Teleconference is held the first Thursday of each month.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Call number 800-767-1750, Code 39135#. 
For more information, including the schedule, please contact the Group Facilitator Glennys Asselin-Cavey, MSN, RN, CRRN, at (713) 794-7842. 

Transplant Support Group
The group meets every Tuesday.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Transplant/Dialysis Conference Room, check-in at 3B-317.
Pre and post-transplant patients, transplant support persons, and friends and family are encouraged to attend. No appointment or advanced notice required. Walk-ins are welcome! For more information, please contact the Group facilitator, Juleena Masters, LCSW, at (713) 791-1414, extension 26286.

Veteran’s Amputee Support Team (VAST)
This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
3:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2A Dining Room, 2B-210.
Friends and family are welcome to attend as well! For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Stacy Flynn, PT at 713-794-7819 or Rosa Lane-Smith, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, extension 24034.

Vet to Vet Support and Education Group
This peer education and support group meets every Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, please contact Dr. Charlie Nguyen at 713-791-1414, extension 24565.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6B-118.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Room 6B-117.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 6C-167.