Support Groups for Cancer

Cancer is too hard to do alone. Join others in our cancer support groups where you will find understanding, information and support. Participation is free. To register and learn where each group meets, please call the contact person listed.


Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Meets 12:00-1:00 PM the third Wednesday of each month in Boston.
Contact the Speech and Swallow Center at 617-632-7400 or Frank McCaffrey, LICSW, at 617-667-3525 or fmccaffr@bidmc.harvard.edu

Women's Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Meets 11 AM - noon the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in Boston.
Contact Leora Lowenthal, LICSW, MPA, OSW-C, at 617-667-2661 or llowenth@bidmc.harvard.edu

Breast Cancer Support Groups

Women's Metastatic Breast Cancer Group meets 11:00 AM-noon the first and third Wednesday of each month in Boston.
Contact Leora Lowenthal, LICSW, MPA, OSW-C, at 617-667-2661 or llowenth@bidmc.harvard.edu

Needham Breast Cancer Group meets 4:00-5:30 PM the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Needham.
Contact Andrea Goldberg, LICSW, at 781-453-7576 or agoldbe1@bidmc.harvard.edu

Meditation for People Living with Cancer

Meets 1:00-2:00 PM Tuesdays in Boston.
Contact Barbara Clivio, PhD, LICSW, OSW-C, at 617-667-2450 or bclivio@bidmc.harvard.edu

Prostate Cancer Support Groups

A varied program of support groups are available for our prostate cancer patients and caregivers including:

  • The Prostate Cancer Experience Group (for patients only)
  • The Erectile Dysfunction Group (for patients only)
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer Group (for patients and caregivers)
  • Prostate Caregivers Group (for caregivers only)
  • Prostate Cancer in Active Surveillance Group (patients only)                   

All of these groups meet 6:00-7:00 PM the first Monday of each month in Boston.  A physician/clinician lecture is provided from 7:00-8:30 PM and is open to patients and their spouses/care partners.  Monthly lecture topic and group information is also available at http://bostonpcsupportgroup.com.

Contact Frank McCaffrey, LICSW, OSW-C, at 617-667-3525 or fmccaffr@bidmc.harvard.edu

Tea Time for Chinese Women with Cancer

Meets 3:00-4:30 PM the first and third Monday afternoon of each month in Jamaica Plain.
Contact Chinese Patient Navigator Christina Ho at 617-667-3436 or cho2@bidmc.harvard.edu

Young Adult Cancer Support Group

Meets 4:00-5:30 PM the first and third Wednesday of each month in Boston.
Contact Kalen Fletcher, LICSW, at 617-667-3442 or kfletch1@bidmc.harvard.edu