Cancer Support Groups
All Support Groups are FREE and require preregistration. Please call 978-456-3532 to register.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays; 3-4:30 pm
1st and 3rd Tuesdays; 11:00-12:30 pm
4th Thursday; 6:30-8:00pm
3rd Wednesdays; 11:00-12:30pm
1st and 3rd Mondays; 1:00-2:30pm
1st and 3rd Mondays; 9:30-11:00am
3rd Fridays; 12:00-1:30 pm
3rd Thursdays, 11:00-12:30pm
FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF THE GROUPS
LIVING WITH METASTATIC CANCER with Elaine Olmstead is a support group facilitated by a mental health nurse practitioner for 8-10 women and men who have any type of metastatic cancer. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues re: living with metastatic cancer and all the related treatments, changes in lifestyle and relationships, learning to ask for help and fears about disability, pain and end of life care. Living in the present, enjoying life as it is now and humor are also important themes in the group. An individual interview is required before joining the group.
LIVING WITH METASTATIC CANCER with Eleanor Mathews is a support group facilitated by a licensed social worker (LICSW). The focus is sharing of emotional concerns, such as family reactions and communication, and facing end-of-life issues. Medical and treatment issues and resources may be shared among members.
POST TREATMENT is a support group for 10-12 women and men who have completed their active treatment for any type of cancer. The group meets once a month and focuses on issues re: cancer rehabilitation, strength-building, shifts in identity, intersecting factors (financial, work, relationships), management of anxiety, and making meaning of cancer in their lives.
IN TREATMENT is a support group facilitated by a licensed social worker for 8-10 women and men who are in any stage of cancer treatment. The group meets twice per month and focuses on issues of new diagnosis and treatment including: navigating the medical and health care systems, filtering information, adjusting to identity changes, management of side effects, developing coping skills, and building a network of supports.
YOUNG WOMEN is a support group facilitated by a licensed social worker for women with any cancer type who are under the age of 45 (and/or have young children). The group meets once per month and focuses on the many physical and psychological challenges young women face including: body image, fatigue, fertility, chemo brain, coping with fear of recurrence, sexual desire/intimacy, early menopause, managing relationships including children and partners, strength building and support systems. Sharing resources and building coping skills are significant aspects of this group.
OVARIAN CANCER is a support group facilitated by a licensed social worker for 8-10 women who are in any stage of ovarian cancer treatment or recovery. The group meets once per month and focuses on issues specific to ovarian cancer.
SPIRITUAL COMPANIONING is a support group facilitated by a nondenominational Reverend and a body-centered Therapist and meets once a month. The group offers a safe and confidential setting to discover and explore an awareness of life's deepest longings, the chance to learn and engage spiritual practices or resources to support this awareness, and the opportunity to identify the source and foundation of one's own spiritual truth or wisdom.