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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.
Workshops & Support Groups Services are provided by Cancer Center staff and the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Program. For the most up-to-date program listings and information, view our online calendar or call (617) 724-1822.
All 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 pharmacistsAsk your scheduler to sign you up for a class!
Intro to Supportive CareDrop in and speak directly with a social worker to learn more about all that the Cancer Center offers you. Ask any questions that you might have about our wellness programs!Led by: Paula Gauthier, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-1784.
Knitting HourLove 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 ChaplainMoving Forward After TreatmentExplore 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-UpExperience practical ways to refresh and support your spiritual well-being while you are in treatment.Led by: Katrina Scott, Oncology Chaplain
Spiritual Well-BeingSpiritual 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
All support groups are offered free of charge and require pre-registration, unless otherwise noted.
Brain Tumor Support GroupThis support and educational group is for brain tumor patients and their loved ones. Contact: Mary Zwirner, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 726-1061, firstname.lastname@example.org Cancer Support Groups for Black Men and WomenThe Lazarex-MGH Cancer Care Equity Program provides a safe place for black men and women to give and receive support as they face unique challenges during and after cancer treatment. Emily Poles, Program Manager, Lazarex-MGH Cancer Care Equity Program, email@example.com
Coping with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer This is a weekly drop-in group for patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer. The group will focus on coping skills to manage the anxiety and stress of a new diagnosis. Please join this group for support, to connect with other patients, and to learn strategies for managing stress throughout the course of treatment.Contact: Adi Chenki-Shapsa, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-2355, or Emily Doerr, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 724-3956.
Lung and Esophageal Cancer Support GroupJoin 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 GroupThis 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: Mark Leone, Oncology Social Worker, (617)643-6438
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thyroid Cancer Support GroupThe 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,Boston_MA@thyca.org
Bone Marrow Transplant SupportIf 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 ProgramThis 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 CancerGain 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 SupportSupport 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 or Jen D'Alotto, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 724-0596
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