The Cancer Center at BIDMC offers a wide range of services to support cancer patients and their families— such as Reiki and Meditation, Medical Nutrition Therapy, a Psycho-Oncology Clinic, and “Patient-to-Patient, Heart-to-Heart,” a peer support program matching newly diagnosed patients with survivors.
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has developed a Cancer Support Services Program designed to focus on the needs of patients from initial cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The Program offers ongoing special services such as support groups, support activities, integrative medicine services, and special events/programs. Newsletter, at bottom of page, is updated monthly.
Facing Cancer Together serves people with cancer and their families, while navigating through the cancer experience. FCT serves those battling all types of cancer at all stages of the disease, providing support, wellness and educational services, regardless of their capacity to pay. Through professionally facilitated programs, participants become part of a community that promotes hope, empowerment, and connection to both the person with cancer, and their loved ones.
iMindBody is an integrated wellness education program dedicated to helping you in your pursuit of resiliency, health and overall well-being. Learn self-care skills to buffer daily stress; Understand the connection between stress and physical or emotional health; Learn to identify automatic negative thoughts; Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs; Understand your body’s physiologic and emotional response to stress; Recognize stress warning signals.
The Wellness Warriors is Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors. They provide a paddling support group for men and women of all ages who have been diagnosed with many different types of cancer.
We Can Row is specifically designed to allow breast cancer survivors to reorient themselves with their bodies, giving survivors a healthy expression of control and putting them in contact with other women of similar circumstances.
Paddle for Recovery is a completely free SUP class ( Stand UP Paddleboard) for recovering cancer patients and a friend or family member who supported them through their treatment. The program’s mission is to provide an opportunity to escape on the water and even find a new passion that can assist in recovery. There are no gimmicks – it’s just FREE for anyone who is currently undergoing or who has recently completed cancer treatment. All equipment and instruction will be provided. Please consult your doctor before signing up to paddle.
The LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program is a complementary program to members and non-members. They also get a 3 month complementary membership to the YMCA. Contact Stephanie Cook, Healthy Living Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Boston (P) (617) 569-9622
In collaboration with Fenway Health, Facing Cancer Together offers a weekly program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living with cancer. In a warm and safe community, together they explore the specific challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a licensed clinician, services are provided at no charge to participants. Call 617-332-5777 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
MGH offer many cancer support groups for patients, families and friends. They range from cancer specific, to young adult, drop-in, and writing workshops.
Trinity Church Cancer Support Groups
CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, Inc. offers services to children, teens, and young adults who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one. Expressive Arts Therapists work with individuals from age 3 through young adulthood to explore and express the feelings associated with grief and loss. These services are offered FREE of charge and are held in Newton, Cambridge and Wayland
Randi Friedman Wellness Grants
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3 month Yoga Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
3 month Pilates Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
3 month Meditation Class membership (Anywhere in MA)
8 week Stress Management & Resiliency Training Program (Newton Location)
For patients and caregivers who cannot attend in-person support groups, or prefer online communities, see Online Communities and Social Networking
Cancer treatments, work schedules, and life responsibilities can take a toll on families. The cost of transportation to and from treatments and support groups can add additional pressures. The following organizations are here to help.
Whether you’re coming to Boston from across the state, country, or world, temporary housing is available. Below are a few options. We also know that transportation to your treatments from these locations may also pose a challenge. See Transportation page for additional help.
BACKUP CHILD CARE
Backup child care is available through the state, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers.
Hospice care offers comfort, compassion, and dignity to those with a life-limiting illness. It is provided by an interdisciplinary team of medical and human health and service professionals, affirming life and regarding dying as a normal process. Find resources in the state of Massachusetts here.