Local Support Groups

September 20, 2020

Local Support Groups

If you have a support group, foundation or organization that has been helpful to you, please email [email protected].


Gray Matters Foundation | Phoenix, AZ

Ivy Brain Tumor Center | Phoenix, AZ

Our Brain Tumor Support Group provides a supportive setting for open discussion. Each group is led by a peer facilitator (a survivor or a family caregiver) who understands the challenges you may be facing. Some meetings feature a guest speaker.

Due to COVID-19, this support group has been moved to online.


Survivors: 11:00 A.M.
Caregivers: 12:00 P.M.

DOES NOT MEET: May, November, December


Survivors: 6:00 P.M.
Caregivers: 7:00 P.M.

Each group is limited to fifteen people. Fifteen survivors will meet and then the following hour will host fifteen caregivers. Pre-registration is required.

For more information call (623) 205-6446 or email [email protected].

Explore more here.

This support group provides information, resources, and help for those who care for others with illnesses or disabilities such as stroke, brain or spine injury, or brain tumor. 

Outpatient Rehabilitation Building near St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
114 West Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Meets the 2nd Monday each month.

For more information, call (602) 406-6688

Explore more here.


University of California - San Francisco

For patients and caregivers.

1st Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8pm

Via zoom.

Contact Mary Destri at [email protected]

 For caregivers of UCSF brain tumor patients.

2nd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8pm

Contact Margaretta Page at [email protected]

Last Thursdays (except for November), 6:30-8pm PT

For adults aged 18 – 44 yrs living with a primary brain tumor.  Registration required.  Please register here: https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eerVTT6O8jR01xQ


Orlando Health - UF Health Cancer Center | Orlando, FL

For anyone currently or previously diagnosed and treated for a brain or spine tumor, this group will provide helpful information on how to navigate through your illness. 

First Friday of the Month, 12:30pm

Cancer Support Community Clubhouse

Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), 2nd Floor

For more information, please call (321) 841-5056 or email [email protected]

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Are you caring for a loved one who is undergoing cancer treatment? If so, you are not alone. Join us for a relaxing time with fellow caregivers and learn ways to cope with the stress of taking care of someone with cancer.

Second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a m

Cancer Support Community Clubhouse

Ambulatory Care Center (ACC), 2nd Floor.

Call to register and receive a Zoom link, (321) 841-5056

Drop by for a relaxing time with fellow caregivers. Learn ways to cope with the stress, while enjoying snacks and companionship. Facilitated by Vitas.

To view class dates or register, please visit here.

It is important to stay strong of mind and body throughout cancer treatment. Join us for a gentle and relaxing yoga session where you will experience the restorative qualities of this ancient practice. No experience is necessary. The movements will be tailored to your ability—even if you are limited to using a chair.

Every Tuesday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursdays from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Thursdays from 11:00 am – 12 :00pm 

To RSVP, call (321) 841-5056 or email [email protected]

Virtual Classes

Cancer Center Support Group Virtual Yoga

You can also check out our live streaming yoga classes on the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OHCancerCenter/


John Stoddard Cancer Center | Des Moines, IA

For young adults ages 18-35 who have been diagnosed with cancer. This group is open to patients that are newly diagnosed, currently getting treatment, have completed treatment or at any stage in their cancer journey. 

This group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in Suite 450 of the John Stoddard Cancer Center.

For more information, call (515) 241-4234


Hopewell Cancer Support | Lutherville, MD

This group is for people who have been diagnosed with primary or metastatic brain cancer, as well as their primary support people. Their special difficulties and needs are the focus of discussion and support. Parking is free and easily accessible. Group facilitated by health care professionals.

This group is currently being offered online. Contact Teri Clayton for details. [email protected]


Hermelin Brain Tumor Center | Detroit, MI

Find dates and more information here.


Ellis Fischel Cancer Center | Columbia, MO

Second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Group liaison: Dana Kee, MSW. For more information, please email Dana at [email protected].

Gilda's Club | Kansas City, MO

Gilda’s Club Kansas City has created a free community of support for men, women, and children diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and close friends.

Explore more here.

Solace House | Kansas City, MO

Solace House is a center for Grief and Healing that supports children, individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal.

Explore more here.


Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center | Omaha, NE

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every other month from 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center 
Contact: 402-559-4420 (leave your name and phone number to RSVP your attendance)

Explore more here.

Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Contact: 402-559-4420 (leave your name and phone number to RSVP your attendance)

Explore more here.


Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland, OH

The group meets the third Monday of each month from 11 a.m. – Noon at the Mansfield Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, 1125 Aspira Court in the Lower Level Conference Room.

Contact: Sarah Close, LSW, MSW, 419.756.2122

For cancer caregivers and (any) cancer patients. Individuals that have been touched by cancer of any type. Light refreshments will be provided; please RSVP.

Location: Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center – Sandusky
417 Quarry Lakes Drive in the Sycamore Meeting Room
Date: First Monday of the month
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Contact: Lori Scott, LISW-S, 419.626.9090 or 877.544.6222

Location: Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center – Mansfield
1125 Aspira Court in the Lower Level Conference Room
Date: First Monday of the month
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Sarah Close, LSW, MSW, 419.756.2122

OSUCCC - The James | Columbus, OH

Open to individuals with brain cancer and their caregiver(s).

Third Monday of the month from 3–4 p.m.

Attendees must register here.


UPMC - Hillman Cancer Center | Pittsburgh, PA

Caregiver support groups allow you to be in a group setting to discuss and share your caregiving experiences, find support, and listen to others facing similar situations.

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UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers a listing of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones.

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South Carolina

MUSC - Hollings Cancer Center | Charleston, SC

Meets the 3rd Friday of every quarter
Location: MUSC Clinical Sciences Building, Room 312
Contact Yolanda Elbert, 843-792-2568 or [email protected]


MD Anderson | Houston, TX

Second Tuesday of each month at 12pm (noon)

RSVP to Megan Whetstone at [email protected]

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Midland Health | Midland, TX

Support groups provided by Midland Health.

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Texas Oncology | Austin, TX

Search local support groups provided Texas Oncology.

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UT Southwestern | Dallas, TX

Who: Patients with any type of brain tumor, including those with metastatic disease or benign tumors. Family and caregivers are welcome.

When: On hold until further notice.

Time: 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Where: 8th Floor, Seay Building, 2201 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75390

Facilitators: Dinah Foster, LCSW, [email protected]

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Providing emotional and logistical support to brain tumor survivors and their families in North Texas.

Learn more here.

Contact: [email protected]


UW Medicine | Seattle, WA

Feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what lies ahead as you travel through the unfamiliar world of cancer? Come meet others who are just diagnosed, in treatment or post-treatment. Learn from educational presentations and open discussions. Family and friends are welcome. 

Class meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6 – 8 pm. Facilitated by Basha Brownstein, MSW. 

Explore more here.

Due to the current global pandemic, some details above may vary and should be confirmed with the hosting hospital or organization before attending.