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
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.

Second and fourth Tuesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
Fifth floor, Earle A. Chiles Conference Room (fifth floor, take the purple elevators)
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213

Family program group
Children and teens who 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

Next steps against cancer
Caregivers from Providence Integrative Medicine Center present cancer related information about nutrition, exercise and natural medicine to reduce risk, enhance survival and improve quality of life. To view upcoming dates, please visit Providence Integrative Medicine Program's event page or to register, please call 503-574-6595.

Surviving together: A support group for persons with cancer and their adult family and friends

Join this group to discuss your questions and concerns with cancer survivors and family members. Patients and adult family member and friends are welcome to attend together or individually. Please call Maureen McCormick, LCSW, at 503-216-2917. Pre-registration is required.

First and third Wednesdays, 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.

First and third Thursdays of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Providence Portland Medical Center
Earle A. Chiles Conference Room (fifth floor, near the purple elevators)
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
Please call Krista Nelson, LCSW, at 503-215-3204 for more information.

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

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
Your support person is welcome to attend. For more information, call Rachel Manley, LCSW at 503-215-5768 or Jennifer Moore, RN at 503-215-7988.

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


Lymphoma

Lymphoma support group
For more information contact A’lee Wardwell, LCSW, at 503-215-5305, or Kristin Sacco, patient access manager with Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at 971-230-2297.

Meets on the first Tuesday February, May, August and November.
Providence Portland Medical Center
Cancer Support Services
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 Maureen McCormick, LCSW, at 503-216-2917 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
For information contact A’lee Wardwell, LCSW, at 503-215-5303 or Kristin Sacco, patient access manager, Oregon Leukemia/Lymphoma Society at 971-230-2297.

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 facilitated by men. Spouses and significant others are welcome. A guest speaker is featured monthly. Please call Nick Kreofsky at 503-975-1034.

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