Attending a support group may seem daunting, especially if you are shy by nature. But keep in mind that studies continuously show the emotional return a support group can provide is priceless. This is not just a safe haven with like-minded people, but a venue in which unanswered questions are discussed in a supportive environment with people who are facing similar circumstances.

Support groups are often designed to address the needs of a particular group of people, such as:
Patients in the same stage of life (teens, young adults or empty nesters)
Parents of children in treatment
Spouses or partners of patients

There are many types of support groups to fit most every need. And if one group does not feel right, we encourage you to attend a few others.

Here you will find resources for support groups in and around the Boston area. In addition to what we have provided, Today’s Caregiver has an easy to use Support Group Directory to find resourced in your county. There are also many Social Networks and Online Support Groups available. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact Boston Cancer Support and let us know how we can help.


bmcLogo1Boston 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.

BUSMBoston University School of Medicine Cancer Research Center

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Adult Support Groups and Seminars; Family Connections: A Resource for parents with cancer, and their families;

Helping Children Cope with your cancer diagnosis

MGHPCSMGH offers many cancer support groups for patients, families and friends. They range from cancer specific, to young adult, drop-in, and writing workshops.


Facing Cancer TogetherFacing Cancer Together serves people with cancer and their families in the Greater Boston community, helping people live the best quality of life possible 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.

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.

MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham offers a variety of community events, classes and support groups.

Newton WellesleyThe Vernon Cancer Center offers support groups for cancer patients, cancer survivors and care givers. Groups help patients throughout the Greater Boston area to better cope with their diagnosis and make meaning of this illness in their lives.

Caregiving is a website devoted to caregivers in 25 MetroWest communities. The website provides information, connection to resources and community support. This is achieved in part by several customized interactive website features, specifically designed for MetroWest caregivers and their elder care recipients, including those battling cancer.

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 both Newton and Wayland, MA.


South ShoreSouth 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.


Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro offers a wide range of support groups.

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SouthCoast HealthSouthcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fall River offers support groups at Charlton Memorial Hospital


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.

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.

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The Patient & Family Support Group is open to anyone with a past or present cancer diagnosis. Family, friends and significant others are invited to attend. The group offers a supportive environment for open discussion, exchange of information and sharing experiences. Parking is free.

Finding the support of your peers is important in any setting. The Saint Vincent Cancer & Wellness Center facilitates cancer support groups on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 12:30 pm. This allows patients to find strength through each other and discover new ways of thinking about their diagnosis. The Cancer Support Group is open to all.


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

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The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, a service of Baystate Medical Center, provides access to expert Physician Specialists who offer the most current cancer care, including evaluations, diagnostic treatment and national research protocols. They also hold Support Groups

FranklinAffiliated with the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s local comprehensive cancer program provides access to the most up-to-date cancer care, including national research protocols through our medical staff and oncology specialists. Located in Greenfield, MA, the program was awarded an outstanding achievement ranking by the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) in 2005, and received approval for another three years. Outstanding achievement is reserved for approximately 20% of all approved programs, and reflects that Baystate Franklin Medical Center has exceeded ACOS standards in all areas. Support services are offered.

Center for Human Development

Cancer House of Hope works to enhance the lives of people with cancer and those who care about them by providing emotional, educational, social, and spiritual support. Located in West Springfield, CHH provides free-of-charge cancer support services and relaxation programs for those battling cancer. Focus is on reducing stress and promoting comfort, by offering programs and services in a non-institutional home-like setting.


The Cancer Care Program at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and its experienced providers recognize that information is an essential component in coping with cancer and making decisions regarding treatment planning. Our professional team helps guide patients, their families and friends as they cope with the physical, emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and financial concerns that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.


The Sister Caritas Cancer Center has a dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, and support care providers who are focused on providing excellence in cancer care. SCCC is committed to the community to assure that each patient receives the personal and individualized care that they require.

Cancer ConnectionCancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies and resources. All of our offerings are free of charge. There is much to be gained from learning to team with the medical system and draw on our own strengths, a constellation of integrative therapies, and the wisdom of our peers who have traveled the same road before us.