Support Groups and Seminars

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Contact Us About Support Groups


The Division of Social Work is running Support Groups via Zoom. Check out our complete Virtual Support Groups schedule below.

Support Groups Schedule for May 2024

Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center offers a variety of educational seminars and support groups to help adult patients and their families find tools to regain a sense of control over their lives.

Our support groups, which are geared to specific cancers and methods of treatment, give patients the opportunity to meet and share information and moral support. Our experienced, compassionate staff facilitates and guides discussion.

To learn more about support groups and seminars for patients and families, call 617-632-3301. Also, check out our Virtual Support Groups schedule for May 2024.

Presented in small-group settings to encourage questions and in-depth discussion, our seminars allow patients to:

  • Explore the role of spirituality in illness
  • Discover ways to eat better
  • Practice relaxation techniques
  • Learn to integrate exercise into treatment and follow-up care

Regular and Ongoing Support Groups

Advanced Support Groups: Provides support for patients with advanced or metastatic cancer treated in the following clinics:

  • Cutaneous
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Head and Neck
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Sarcoma
  • Thoracic

Bereavement Support Group: Support for family members who have lost a loved one in the last year. For more information, please get in touch with the Bereavement Program at or 617-632-2490.

Spouse/Partner Bereavement Support Group: Support for those who have lost a spouse or partner in the last year. For more information, please contact the Bereavement Program at or 617-632-2490.

Brain Tumor Support Group: Support for brain tumor patients and their caregivers.

Cancer to Health Support Group: Through this 8-session group, newly diagnosed cancer patients will learn strategies to manage stress, ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer, and coping skills.

Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Seminar and Support Group: Two-part sessions offering an informational seminar for patients and families, followed by a support group for patients and a separate concurrent support session for family.

Caregivers Support Group: Support for caregivers and family members of cancer patients.

Circle of Life/Círculo de Vida: Support Group in Spanish for Women with Cancer: Support for women Spanish-speaking patients with all cancer diagnoses. Círculo de Vida es un grupo de apoyo para mujeres latinas con cáncer.

Committed Couples Embracing Life Together: A strengths-based support group for couples that welcomes patients with any type of cancer and is inclusive of all intimate relationships. This group can help you learn new ways to connect and support each other through the cancer journey.

Facing Forward after Breast Cancer Treatment: Support for breast cancer patients who will complete treatment in four to six weeks or who have completed treatment within the past three to four months.

Living with Gynecologic Cancer Support Group: Support for patients currently diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.

Lung Cancer Support Group: Open support group for patients being treated for lung cancer.

Lymphoma Support Group: A group for patients diagnosed with any lymphoma and their caregivers. This is a chance to meet others and share experience, comfort, and support.

Melanoma Support Group: Support group for New England area patients dealing with melanoma.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group: Support for patients currently diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group: Support group for patients with multiple myeloma.

Post-Transplant Support Group: Support group for patients who have had an allogeneic stem cell transplant within the last one to three years.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: The Prostate Health Education Network focuses on the needs of black men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Sarcoma Support Group: Support for patients and family members dealing with sarcoma.

Support and Stress Management Group for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients: Support for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Waldenstrõm’s Macroglobulinemia Support Group: Open to all Waldenstrõm’s patients and families in New England, regardless of where treatment is received.

Young Adult Support Group: Support for patients aged 18-40 who are currently in treatment or have recently completed treatment.

Young Adults with Breast Cancer Phone Support Group: Young and Strong, the program for young adults with breast cancer, hosts telephone support groups twice a year. During these calls you will have the opportunity to connect with others who understand the impact of living with breast cancer. For more information, including details about when the next session will be held, please email the Young and Strong team at

Support Groups and Seminar Schedule


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