Cancer support group listings



Patient and Family Support Groups
All groups offer a forum for sharing information and proactive, holistic support in diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer. We recognize that individuals cope with cancer differently and discuss the emotional and practical aspects of “living with cancer” at all stages of the disease. (All support groups are free.)

In the Portland area, please call 503-215-6014 for current information on group location and time.  Find a printable copy of Portland area support groups.

In southern Oregon, please call 541-732-5000 for times, dates and information.

All tumor types

Cancer support group for people dealing with cancer
A place where individuals with advanced cancer can discuss difficult issues and connect with others. Your support person is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. For information or to register, call A'lee Wardwell, LCSW, at 503-215-5305 or Shelley Sherlock, LCSW, at 503-216-2917. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

Family program group
Children and teens that have a family member diagnosed with cancer benefit from a safe environment in which they can express their feelings. Groups are divided by age, with a parent group meeting at the same time. Pre-registration is required; please call Krista Nelson, LCSW, at 503-215-3204 or A'lee Wardwell, LCSW, at 503-215-5305 to register and confirm dates.  Learn more about our family program.

Second Thursday of the month, eight months out of the year.
Dinner from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by group from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213


New norm: Cancer survivorship
Educational/support group for any cancer survivor after initial treatment. Offered quarterly in January, April, July, September, and October. A three-week series that covers physical and emotional changes after treatment with strategies for coping and staying well. Pre-registration is required; please call 503-215-3200 or 503-216-4676 for more information or to register.

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; dates vary by month.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

    Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; dates vary by month. 
    Providence Portland Medical Center
    4805 NE Glisan
    Portland, OR 97213

Next steps against cancer: Nutrition, exercise and natural medicine to reduce risk, enhance survival and improve quality of life
One hour class with instructors from Providence Integrative Medicine Center. Held monthly at rotating Providence Portland-area locations. 

Click here for more information, times and locations. Call 503-574-6595 to register.

Surviving together: A support group for persons with cancer and their adult family and friends
This group meets first and third Wednesdays of the month to provide information and support on learning to live with, and not only survive, but "thrive" following a diagnosis of cancer. Cancer impacts not only the person diagnosed, but those who love and care for him or her. Come and discuss your questions and concerns with cancer survivors and family members who have successfully navigated the course, many who have "beat the odds". Patients and adult family or friends are welcome to attend together or individually. Pre-registration is required. Please call Shelley Sherlock, LCSW, at 503-216-2917.

First and Third Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225


All tumor types-Southern Oregon

Support for folks battling cancer
A group dedicated to meeting the emotional and humanistic needs of people fighting cancer. 

    First and third Tuesdays, Noon to 1 p.m.
    Providence Medford Medical Center 
    Cancer Center Conference Room 
    Contact: Gerry Katz, 541-324-8289

Journey Through Grief
A bereavement support group.

    Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
    Providence Medford Medical Center
    Cancer Center Conference Room
    Contact: Susan Cooper, 541-732-5152

Online support services

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. Services offered through CancerCare: telephone counseling, online support groups, education workshops, publications and financial assistance. Call 800-813-HOPE (4673); or visit www.cancercare.org



Breast cancer: Portland area


Breast cancer education and support group
This group is for women who are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (up to stage III), and provides information and support around diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Your support person is welcome to attend with you. Pre-registration is required.

First and third Thursdays of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
Please call Krista Nelson, LCSW, at 503-215-3204 for more information and to register.

First, third and fifth Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
    Please call Beth Ruml, RN, LCSW, at 503-216-4676 for more information and to register.

Breast cancer: Southern Oregon area

Breast cancer support group
Join us for support, education and information.

Call for dates and times.
Providence Medford Medical Center
Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center
1698 E. McAndrews, Suite 180
Medford, OR 97504
Contact: Kate Newgard 541-732-6100


Steps Ahead weekly walks
A breast cancer-support walking group sponsored by Providence Medford Medical Center

    Thursdays at 9 a.m.
    Rogue Valley Mall, Medford
    Contact: Kate Newgard, 541-732-6295.

Colon, rectal and anal

Colon, rectal and anal cancer education and support group
This monthly support group provides an opportunity to connect with others who are living with colon, rectal or anal cancer. Whether you are newly diagnosed, in the midst of treatment, or have completed treatment, it provides a safe place to discuss some of the unique challenges these cancers can bring. Your support person is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call A'lee Wardwell, LCSW, at 503-215-5305 or Jennifer Moore, RN, BSN, OCN, at 503-215-7896.

Third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213


Lymphoma

Lymphoma support group
This support group is a team effort between Providence Cancer Center Support Services and Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Krista Nelson, LCSW, with Providence Cancer Center at 503-215-3204, or Sue Sumpter, RN, with Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 971-230-2185.

First Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213


Metastatic cancer

Making today count: A support group for women living with metastatic cancer
A safe place to discuss difficult issues, coping strategies and ways to enhance quality of life with other women who truly understand. Pre-registration is required; please call Erin Leake, LCSW, at 503-216-2280 or Ann Soule, LCSW, at 503-216-4676 to register or for more information.

Wednesdays from 11 to 12:30 p.m.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225


Multiple myeloma

Multiple myeloma support group
This support group is a team effort between Providence Cancer Support Services and Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Pre-registration is required. For information contact Shelley Sherlock, LCSW, with Providence Cancer Center at 503-216-2917 or Sue Sumpter, RN, with Oregon Leukemia/Lymphoma Society at 971-230-2185.

Second Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9135 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Oral, Head and Neck-Southern Oregon

Support for people with oral, head and neck cancer (SPOHNC). 

    Second Friday of each month, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Providence Medford Medical Center
    Caritas Room (off Emilie Café)
    Contact: Medford SPOHNC by email 

Prostate

Prostate cancer support group
Meetings are run and facilitated by men. Spouses and significant others are welcome. A guest speaker is featured once each month. Please call Nick Kreofsky, at 503-215-0043 or 503-215-6014.

First and third Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Providence Milwaukie Hospital
10150 SE 32nd Ave.
Mother Gamelin Room
Milwaukie, OR 97222