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.

Lung Cancer Forum
The Lung Cancer Forum is a monthly, interactive educational series by medical experts on a variety of topics related to lung cancer, designed for lung cancer patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and health care professionals. Learn more here.
This group is offered by the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Thoracic Surgery
Contact: Lung Cancer Forum Coordinator Alison Frazee at (617) 726-1967 or wlcpforum@partners.org

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

Paving the Path to Wellness For Breast Cancer Survivors at Mass General Cancer Center at Newton-Wellesley
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.

Support Groups

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

Brain Tumor Support Group - Now Online!
This support and educational group is for brain tumor patients and their loved ones.
Contact: Nova Hodge, Oncology Social Worker, (781) 487-6251

Couples Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group (Waltham) - Now Online!
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

Young Adult Brain Tumor Support Group – Online
This virtual group is open to patients between the ages of 18-40 who have a brain tumor. Find support from other young adults. For more information, please reach out to the group leader.
Contact: Sandra McLaughlin, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-2355

Young Adult Meet Ups - Now Online!
Our Young Adult Program holds virtual meet ups. Gain support and talk with other young adults living with cancer. There is a virtual YA Active Treatment Group and a Virtual YA Surveillance Group.
If you are interested in participating or have additional questions, please contact mghccyap@mgh.harvard.edu.

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, (781) 444-0487, vhopegold@gmail.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

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

Spiritual Support
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 or Leanne Miller, Oncology Social Worker, (617) 643-4807