Workshops and Support Groups

Our support programs are designed to help patients, their families and caregivers cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. We offer a wide range of integrative therapies, workshops and support groups. On this page you will find details of each of our workshops and support groups.

Download this listing as a .pdfWorkshops & Support GroupsServices are provided by Cancer Center staff and the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center.  For the most up-to-date program listings and information, view our online calendar or call (617) 724-1822.


KnittingAll are welcome. No registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Chemotherapy 101: Workshop
Learning about chemotherapy and what it entails can help ease your fears and anxiety. Before you start chemotherapy, attend our free workshop. Nurses and pharmacists will give you information about chemotherapy and possible side effects, and answer your questions. Family members and friends welcome.
Led by: Cancer Center nurses and pharmacists
Ask your scheduler to sign you up for a class!

Fighting Cancer with Your Fork: Nutrition
Meet with the Cancer Center Nutritionist and learn how eating well can make you feel better.
Led by: Julia Hincman and Carol Sullivan, Oncology Nutritionists

Knitting Hour
Love to knit or want to learn how? Drop in and relax with fellow knitters. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own yarn or use ours.
Led by Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain

Look Good, Feel Better (call to register)
This program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Learn tips such as for caring for your skin and how to manage hair loss. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Call to register: (617) 726-3211.
Led by: Kathy Bazazi, Images Boutique

Meditation for Relaxation
Learn the basics including mindful breathing and visualization/guided imagery for relaxation and healing.
Led by: Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain

Moving Forward After Treatment

Explore common feelings and life challenges associated with the end of treatment. Learn what can help you cope as you transition back into everyday life.
Led by: Paula Gauthier, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-1784

Spiritual Tune-Up
Experience practical ways to refresh and support your spiritual well-being while you are in treatment.
Led by: Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain

Spiritual Well-Being
Spiritual well-being includes our relationship with the environment, with others, and with ourselves. Explore ways to refresh and support your inner spirit with spiritual practices such as prayer, affirmations, guided imagery and labyrinth walking.
Led by: Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain


Support GroupsAll support groups are offered free of charge and require pre-registration, unless otherwise noted.

Brain Tumor Support Group
This support and educational group is for brain tumor patients and their loved ones.
Contact: Mary Zwirner, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 726-1061,

Cancer Support Groups for Black Men and Women
The Lazarex-MGH Cancer Care Equity Program provides a safe place to give and receive support.  There are two separate support groups, one for men and one for women.
Contact: Elizabeth Powell, (617) 643-5970,

Lung and Esophageal Cancer Support Group
Join others in a supportive environment where you can explore important issues that matter when coping with lung and esophageal cancers.
Contact: Natasha Johnson, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 726-1045

Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group is intended to give information to current and former prostate cancer patients and to provide a place for them to share their experiences.
Contact: Anthony Provazza, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-6438

Writing and Mindfulness: A Group For Women with Breast and Gynecological Cancers
Writing and Mindfulness is an 8-week group for women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancers. The group is focused on healing through mutual support and the practices of journaling, mindfulness and meditation, and is led by Oncology Social Workers. Next group begins soon!
Contact: Samantha Block, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 726-4274

Sponsored Organization Support Groups

Support for People with Oral, Head, and Neck Cancers (SPOHNC)
Providing information, support, and encouragement to individuals, empowering them with the knowledge necessary to go forward. Call for more information.
Contact: Valerie Goldstein, (617) 726-0651,

Thyroid Cancer Support Group
The group welcomes people at all phases of testing, treatment, and follow-up for thyroid cancer, as well as their family members and friends.
Contact: Judy Kaplan, (781) 488-3135,

Additional Supportive Care Services

Bone Marrow Transplant Support
If you or your loved one is receiving bone marrow transplant, our staff members are available to you to talk about your concerns.
Contact: Jen D’Alotto, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 726-8187 or Eric Hanson, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-7435

Network for Patients & Families Peer Matching Program
This one-to-one peer support program matches patients and family members with volunteers who are experienced in living with cancer. This program is for patients who may be newly diagnosed, experiencing a change in treatment, moving forward when treatment ends, or living with cancer as a chronic disease.
Contact: Paula Gauthier, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-1784

Parenting With Cancer
Gain support and information about helping the children in your life cope with a parent’s cancer. For a free one-on-one consultation with one of our child psychiatrists or child psychologists, call the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting at a Challenging Time Program (PACT).
Contact: PACT, (617) 724-7272

Spiritual Support
Support is available to persons of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation.
Contact: Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain, (617) 726-4225

Young Adults With Cancer (ages 20–40)
Young adults dealing with or moving past cancer may have questions or worries, and don’t know where to turn. Our oncology social worker can help answer questions or guide young patients to the proper resources.
Contact: Elizabeth Parker, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 724-5258
           Jen D'Alotto, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 724-0596


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