Cancer Support Groups

cancer support groupsThe Vernon Cancer Center offers support groups for cancer patients, cancer survivors and care givers. Support groups are designed so attendees can gain support through discussing their experience and connecting with others. Our groups help patients, who come to us from throughout the Greater Boston area, to cope with their diagnosis and make meaning of this illness in their lives.

Our cancer support groups include:
Cancer Survivor's Support Group
Caregivers' Support Group
Look Good... Feel Better Program

Looking for a different group? If you do not see a group for your specific need, please contact 617-831-7430 for assistance. Please also view our additional groups and special programs.

Cancer Survivor's Support Group
When: TBD
Where: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Directions to Newton-Wellesley Hospital
More Information: Please call 617-831-7430 to register or for more information.

This group is for people who have completed cancer treatments and are looking for support in moving back fully into their lives.

Caregivers' Support Group
A support group for people who are caring for family members or friends who have cancer.
When: Every Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: Vernon Cancer Center Family Consult Room, Lower Level
Directions to the Vernon Cancer Center
More Information: Please call Susan Maxwell, LICSW, at 617-243-6328.

The Caregiver Support Group is for people who are caring for friends or family members who have cancer. Taking care of a person with cancer is a physically and emotionally challenging experience. This group will provide a place for caregivers to come together to share practical concerns, as well as thoughts and feelings, with other people who are going through a similar life experience. The agenda of the group will be open-ended and will reflect the wishes and needs of the group members.

The Caregiver Support Group is led by Susan Maxwell, LICSW, a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working with people in a variety of medical settings.

Please note: this group is open to the community; the patient does not need to be receiving treatment at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Prior to attending the group for the first time, please call the group facilitator, Susan Maxwell, LICSW, at 617-243-6328.

From past participants:
"I loved the Caregiver Support Group. It helped to see that I wasn’t alone and that there were people who knew exactly what I was going through. Talking with others helped me to stay focused on the task at hand and to provide my husband with the best of comfort."

"Although I was initially reluctant to give the Caregiver Support Group a try, I am most grateful for the support I received from group members and the facilitator. I so appreciated the care and concern I got in the group, as I struggled to deal with the reality of my situation."

Look Good... Feel Better Program
When: Meets once a month on Monday afternoons
Where: Vernon Cancer Center Integrated Support Services (Lower Level, Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley)
Directions to the Vernon Cancer Center
More Information: Please call 617-831-7430 for more information.

The Look Good… Feel Better Program (LGFB) is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, along with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the National Cosmetology Association. LGFB is designed for women going through cancer treatment. Treatment may cause temporary changes in appearance that can be upsetting. It is often said, “If you look good, you’ll feel better” and that is the purpose of this very special program. LGFB teaches participants cosmetic tips to look and feel good about themselves during chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Participants learn about skin care, nail care, makeup and ways to deal with hair loss.

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462
617-219-1230

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