North Charleston, SC (July 28, 2022) – This year an estimated 5,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in South Carolina, according to the American Cancer Society.

For Trident Cancer Center radiation oncologist Margaret MacDowell, MD, who’s cared for breast cancer patients for more than 20 years, breast cancer patients benefit when they are supported by a caring group of family and friends.  That’s one reason she’s encouraged with the announcement Trident Medical Center is offering a new breast cancer support group.  Attendees will meet the first Tuesday of each month starting in August from 6 pm – 7 pm at the Trident Cancer Center.

“In my experience there is healing through community, especially for breast cancer patients and survivors,” said Dr. MacDowell.  “Breast cancer patients and survivors are a unique community.  The support group allows them to discuss shared experiences, learn from each other and encourage each other.”

The breast cancer support group will be facilitated by Trident Medical Center’s Missy Smith, LMSW, who specializes in assisting cancer patients through their journey of treatment and survivorship.  “Patients and survivors tell us they are encouraged when they experience being with a group who faced and overcome many of the same challenges as they have.”

The Breast Cancer support group will be held the first Tuesday of each month starting in August.


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Trident Cancer Center, 9330 Medical Plaza Drive, Charleston, SC    29406.  The Trident Cancer Center is located in the back of Trident Medical Center near the ER entrance. Please enter through the Trident Cancer Center courtyard.


Online at or call (843) 797-3463.


Attendees can bring a guest. There is no charge to attend.