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.


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.

bidneedham-1Spacious and light-filled, the new Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center & Surgical Pavilion, adjacent to BID-Needham, brings comprehensive cancer care and advanced surgery into the community and close to home.

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The 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.

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.

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, the new UMass Memorial Cancer Center at UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital expands the UMass Memorial Health Care Cancer Center of Excellence by offering a choice for cancer care close to where you live and work.


Jeff’s Place facilitates healthy integration of loss for children, teens, and their families by helping them feel connected with each other and less alone in their grief journey. Their mission states: No bereaved child or teen should grieve alone.

Caregiving MetrowestCareGivingMetroWest.org 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 Newton, Cambridge and Wayland, MA.

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)


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Support Groups in Middlesex County:

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



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



Federal, State, Local and Private Funding

_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.


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.