North of Boston, including the North Shore, offers many services for patients and families, such as Mass General North Shore Cancer Center,

While many organizations will support patients living in all areas of the state, there will be particular resources, such as support groups, that may be more convenient if they are located where patients and families currently reside.

Boston Cancer Support’s Ambassadors and Auxiliary Teams add new resources monthly, so please check back often. Should you have a particular need, or want to share a resource, email us at Info@BostonCancerSupport.Org


Boston North

In addition to funding/supporting special projects for the prevention, research, control and treatment of cancer, Boston North Cancer Association also sponsors free public education programs, support groups and workshops to alert citizens to the symptoms of cancer, inform the community about methods of cancer prevention, and encourage early cancer screening.

Physicians and nursing teams at Mass General North Shore apply the latest advances in cancer care, screening, diagnosis, medical, radiation and surgical oncology treatment, and rehabilitation. Patients have access to an extensive array of clinical trials and personalized treatment regimens tailored to individual tumor mutations.

tatThe Tanner Ta Ta Foundation helps women and families on the North Shore / Woburn area in a variety of ways such as:
Providing emotional support to women and families at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis, during treatment and beyond.
Providing gifts of encouragement and care to women in treatment.
Being a source of support for children and spouses of women in treatment Supporting organizations / walkers that search for a cure for breast cancer

Healing Garded

The Healing Garden is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrative cancer care through therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment for all people with a cancer diagnosis, as well as providing wellness education and support to promote cancer prevention for the community at large. It is located northwest of Boston, in Harvard, MA.


End With Care provides public, professional and institutional awareness regarding end-of-life issues. Along with valuable end-of-life related topics and information, End With Care’s central focus is to provide a comprehensive, interactive directory of end-of-life care and service providers, organizations and related agencies serving communities throughout Massachusetts.


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Support Groups North/NorthEast of Boston
Essex County

Hope and FriendshipThe Hope and Friendship Metastatic Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit volunteer organization enhancing the lives of women and men with Metastatic Breast Cancer by offering support groups, resources for learning and networking, therapeutic activities, scholarships and creative retreats.  The foundation also supports research for Metastatic Breast Cancer treatments.

Honoring Your Body & Spirit After Cancer: Gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses invite your body to open, relax and heal.  Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants.  If you are still in treatment, please pre-register by contacting Arleen at 978.985.4166 or Held the second Sunday of each month.

Healing with Hope/ Union Hospital in Lynn
Healing Atrium, South Entrance.
Register with Dr. Harvy Zarren 781-477-3505
500 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, MA 01904

North Shore Medical Center offers Support Groups, as well as additional wellness services Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center 102 Endicott Street Danvers MA 01923 Tel: 978.882.6060 Register with Patty Hanson

Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, integrates the  use of horses into their therapeutic therapy programs.For more information, including a registration packet, contact Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056 or email directly. Registration forms are required and can be both emailed or sent to your home.

Randi Friedman Wellness Program 
Click Here to apply for one of 4 free memberships
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)


computerFor patients and caregivers who cannot attend in-person support groups, or prefer online communities, see Online Communities and Social Networking 



Patricia and Company offers personal consultation from licensed professionals to help with appearance changes patients may be experiencing as a result of chemotherapy, radiation therapy or post-mastectomy surgery. Choose from a variety of beautiful and comfortable wigs, headwear, breast forms, and post-mastectomy apparel, as well as skin and hair care products.

Founded by Sylvia Caruso, who draws on her many years of experience in helping individuals with hair loss, The Hair Studio and Wig Salon helps clients of all ages with the emotional and practical needs of clients experiencing alopecia hair loss, cancer treatments and other hair loss conditions.


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_wbc-logoWe Beat Cancer works with hospitals, cancer support groups, individuals, and foundations in the New England area to provide financial aid from parking, meals, transportation and hotel accommodations, to wish list requests from area hospitals. Such hospital items have ranged from a Bose surround sound system to a mammogram x-ray chair.


patient_flight_2Cancer 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.

CareRide is a new approach to non-emergency medical transportation, offered by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. for anyone 65 plus who resides in the Greater Lowell area. This transportation service will be offered in the communities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. CareRide is an On-Demand transportation service to be used for medical appointments when no other transportation options are available. The program uses an Uber platform with Lyft and special handicap vans for service.



Backup child care is available through the state, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers.


acspc-028054The Hope Lodge, located in Worcester, acts as a “home away from home” for patients traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient treatments. There is no charge to stay at Hope Lodge, for either the patient or his or her caregivers. Patients are allowed one adult guest to stay with them in their room.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 6.38.25 PMJoe’s House is a nonprofit providing an online nation-wide list of places to stay to assist cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers. Joe’s House lists various lodging options throughout the United States that are near to hospitals and treatment centers. Details on each lodging facility are available with information on amenities, rates, reservation methods, and requirements.

HosptitalityHospitality Homes is a nonprofit organization that provides short-term housing in volunteer host homes for families and friends of patients receiving medical care in the Boston area. Our services are free of charge and are made possible by the generosity of our volunteer hosts and supporters. Founded in 1983, Hospitality Homes was the first program of its kind in the nation. Since then we have served more than 15,300 families.

The Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor (formerly Home Away Boston), where families of critically ill children can stay to be close to their child who is receiving treatment in Boston. Each year hundreds of families travel to Boston from locations all over the world to give their child access to the world’s best medical care.  In doing so, they face enormous hurdles such as navigating the complexities of the health care system, extraordinarily high local housing costs, and excessive emotional and physical stress.  At the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor, we remove the stress of daily living and support families to enable them to focus on what really matters: their child’s health and healing. Click HERE to find out if you qualify to stay at Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor and to fill out the Request to Stay form.


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.