The Cancer Connection in Northampton, for example, works with families, caregivers and patients living with cancer so they can learn how to cope with their changed lives – both physically and emotionally. All offerings are free of charge.
Spanish support groups are offered at Holyoke Medical Center.
While many organizations will support patients living in all areas of the state, there will be particular resources 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: Info@BostonCancerSupport.Org
Cancer 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.
Have you been told you have cancer and are feeling overwhelmed and scared? West Central Family Counseling supports patients, families and caregivers who are facing the unique challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Their team of therapists will work to provide a safe and comfortable space to process the emotional issues that surface during this time. WCFE provides cancer informed therapy throughout the Pioneer Valley.
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.
The Mass General Cancer Center 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. The 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.
Through the Baystate Regional Cancer Program in Springfield, patients and their loved ones have access to some of the country’s best cancer experts and the latest treatment options, right here in western Massachusetts. You will be treated, guided, and supported along your unique journey.
The Women’s Cancer Wellness Fund provides financial assistance to women with cancer in the Berkshire region of MA, NY, and CT to pay for complementary medicine and alternative care not covered by their health insurance.
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.
Rays of Hope has been helping women and men in the fight against breast cancer by walking alongside them on their cancer journey. Rays of Hope cares for the whole person from diagnosis and beyond by supporting research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, providing funding for state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs, outreach and education and complementary therapies while also supporting cancer programs with our community partners.
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
Affiliated 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 Groups are offered, as well as Reiki for breast cancer patients and survivors.
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.
Survivor Journeys™ is a community-based support network of professionals from diverse clinical and community backgrounds who provide cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones unique survivorship services in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.
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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.
Home Away Boston provides comfortable housing close to the hospital, a caring community of support, and other services free of charge to families with critically ill children. Home Away removes the stress of daily living to help families focus their child’s health.
Located a few blocks from Children’s Hospital, the Devon Nicole House is a residence that sits on top of the 21 Autumn Street building. This residence will give families who are receiving care at Children’s the opportunity to enjoy some rest and comfort. The Devon Nicole House is available to any family member or support person of a Children’s patient (inpatient or short-term outpatient interventions).
BACKUP CHILD CARE
Backup child care is available through the state, with many locations inside hospitals and treatment centers.v
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
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.