Workshops and Support Groups
Mass General Cancer Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Explore Our Workshops and Support Groups
Below you will find details of each of our workshops and support groups. Workshops & support groups 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.
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 pharmacists
Your scheduler must register you for this workshop.
Meditation in the Healing Garden
Learn the basics including mindfulness breathing and meditation for relaxation and healing.
Led by: Donna Blagdan, BCC, Spiritual Care Provider
This 12-week workshop highlights the importance of healthy eating, exercise, sleep, and stress management, and helps attendees to make personal connections with one another. Learn more here.
Led by Dr. Amy Comander, Medical Director of the Auerbach Breast Center and Director of Survivorship at Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley.
All 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Couples Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group (Waltham)
This group is for couples living with advanced cancer who seek encouragement and comfort from others who share a common experience. Preference will be given to Mass General Cancer Center patients but others are welcome to inquire.
Contact: Nova Hodge, Oncology Social Worker, (781) 487-6251
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: Leanne Miller, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-4807
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, (857) 282-9311, email@example.com
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, Boston_MA@thyca.org
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.
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, contact the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting at a Challenging Time Program (PACT).
Contact: PACT, (617) 724-7272
Support is available to persons of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation. Visit the Oncology Spiritual Care site.
Contact: Donna Blagdan, BCC, Spiritual Care Provider, (617) 726-2220
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: Jen D'Alotto, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 724-0596