Patient Emotional Support Services

The diagnosis of a brain tumor elicits many different and sometimes difficult emotions, not only for the patient, but also for their family members. Patients may encounter changes in cognitive functioning and language, a diminished ability to focus or make decisions, or short-term memory loss, all of which can greatly affect their personal and professional lives.  We are dedicated to helping patients and their families deal with the physical and emotional facets of this disease.

Brain Tumor Support Group

support groupOur support groups give patients, families, and friends an environment in which to express their feelings and learn new ways to cope with all aspects of this disease. The support group has a combined patient/caregiver focus. Other support groups may also be provided athe group's request. These groups usually meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month and include:

In addition to our support groups, a network of nationwide community resources are provided to our patients during their clinic visit.

For more information or to attend a group meeting:

Contact Nancy Garren, C.R.N.P., at 240-760-6014 or

Nancy Garren, a certified registered nurse practitioner, directs our emotional support services. Ms. Garren obtained her B.S.N. in 1979 from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. Most of her nursing career has focused in the psychiatric field and she is certified as a psychiatric and mental health nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Ms.Garren obtained her M.S.N./Family Nurse Practitioner from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa) in 2001 and worked for the next 3 years in an adult private psychiatric practice. In 2004 she came to the Neuro-Oncology Branch where she continues to serve as an important resource for psychiatric education for patients, family members and colleagues.



Other Resources

American Brain Tumor Association 
Advances understanding and treatment of brain tumors through research, education, and support systems for patients and families.

American Cancer Society 
Dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Society of Clinical Oncology -
Timely, comprehensive, oncologist-approved information from the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer.

CERN Foundation
Provides education about ependymoma, the development of treatments, and support systems for patients and their families.

Provides education and supportive services information for brain and other cancers.

Musella Foundation
Dedicated to improving the quality of life and survival times for patients by streamlining the flow of information, organizing the brain tumor community, and raising money for research.

National Brain Tumor Society
Raises awareness and provides resources through research, events and legislative action.

Voices Against Brain Cancer 
Advances scientific research, increases awareness within the medical community, and supports patients and families.