Boston’s South Shore offers many support services and
treatment centers such as The Cancer Support Community-Massachusetts South Shore (formerly the Wellness Community-Massachusetts South Shore). It is one of the over 50 Cancer Support Communities that exist throughout the United States and internationally. All programs, including support groups, are offered free of charge to participants through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, grants, and foundation funding.SUPPORT GROUPS
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
Cancer Support Community-Massachusetts South Shore, formerly the Wellness Community-Massachusetts South Shore, is one of the over 50 Cancer Support Communities that exist throughout the United States and internationally. All programs, including support groups, are offered free of charge to participants through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, grants, and foundation funding.
South Shore Hospital offers a full range of home health care services, including visiting nurse, hospice and private duty solutions to our communities in southeastern Massachusetts. Our expert team of nurses and clinicians can assist individuals of all ages by providing nursing case management, rehabilitation, assessment, education and other support services necessary for optimal care at home. South Shore Hospital offers Support Groups, and exercise classes including yoga. Check Calendar frequently for updates.
This program fulfills the important need of survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life. The program is outside a medical facility and integrated into the community to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not about disease. Certified YMCA fitness instructors give personal individualized instruction; these instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care. This program is available in Brockton, Easton, Stoughton, East Bridgewater, Taunton, Middleboro, and Plymouth.
The survivorship program at Cape Cod Healthcare provides emotional and psychological support to you and your family and helps you plan for a life beyond cancer. We offer a variety of classes and support group opportunities for cancer survivors.
Randi Friedman Wellness Grants
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)
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the Mass General Cancer Center are working together to provide hematology/oncology physician and nurse practitioner services to Islanders. The Mass General Hematology/Oncology Service at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital provides our patients with access to a more integrated set of clinical services and a wider range of sub-specialty care.
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fall River offers support groups at Charlton Memorial Hospital
Medivan will transport patients to hospitals in Boston, and back, on Tuesdays. Please contact the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) for eligibility by calling
(508) 693 -9441, ext. 1)
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.
For patients and caregivers who cannot attend in-person support groups, or prefer online communities, see Online Communities and Social Networking
PRODUCTS TO AID DURING CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATION OR POST-MASTECTOMY
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.
Soft Touch has been working with cancer patients since 1995. They offer a wide variety of synthetic wigs and hair pieces to meet your needs. Meetings are private one on one and wig services for patients are free of charge.
We 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.
BACKUP CHILD CARE
Backup child care is available through the state, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers.
The 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.
Joe’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.
Hospitality 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.