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 concerns 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:

Breast Cancer Support Group
Cancer Survivor's Support Group - "Rebuilding Lives"
Caregivers Support Group
Look Good... Feel Better Program
Orientation to the Vernon Cancer Center
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer

Looking for a different group?
If you do not see a group for your specific need, please contact 617-219-1230 for assistance. Please also view our additional groups and special programs.

Breast Cancer Support Group
When:
First and third Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Where: Vernon Cancer Center Integrated Support Services
(Lower Level, Vernon Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley)
Directions to Newton-Wellesley Hospital
More Information: please call 617-219-1230 to register or for more information.

This is a supportive drop-in group for women currently in treatment for breast cancer. It provides women an opportunity to gain emotional support through discussion of concerns related to diagnosis and treatment. Group facilitated by Rachelle LaMaster, LCSW, Vernon Cancer Center Social Worker.


Cancer Survivor's Support Group - "Rebuilding Lives"
When:
TBD
Where: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Directions to Newton-Wellesley Hospital
More Information: Please call 617-219-1230 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.This group is facilitated by Vivienne Simon, life coach, and cancer survivor with nearly 10 years experience working with people facing cancer.


Caregivers Support Group
A support group for people who are caring for family members or friends who have cancer.

The Caregivers' Support Group at the Vernon Cancer Center, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, meets weekly, on Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. Group members are people who are caring for loved ones with cancer. The group provides emotional support for caregivers, as well as practical advice. A major focus of the group is self-care for the caregiver.

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.


Look Good... Feel Better Program
When:
Monthly meeting, day varies
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 617-219-1230 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.


Orientation to the Vernon Cancer Center
When:
First Wednesdays from 9:30 - 10:30 am and third Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm every month
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 617-219-1230 for more information. Registration is not required.

This orientation will explain all the services the Vernon Cancer Center offers. It will include a tour.The orientation is led by a member of our Integrated Support Services team.


SPOHNC: Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
When:
First Wednesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
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 617-219-1230 to register or for more information. Additional information about SPOHNC located at http://www.spohnc.org/

This group offers information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends. Group facilitated by Rachelle LaMaster, LCSW, Vernon Cancer Center Social Worker.

Contact Us

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462
617-243-6000