Our free programs are open to all.
Cancer education and support programs are a vital part of the cancer treatment process for patients, families and caregivers alike. The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital offers free programs to help you and your loved ones understand and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of cancer.
Please view our current calendar of events, where you will find free, world-leading support and resources to help you along this journey to treatment and recovery. Listed below are some of our ongoing educational programs and support groups.
Facing Forward: Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets 4th Wednesday of the month from January to June and September to November, 6-7:30 p.m.
Social worker Barbara Schnider-Ellis and breast cancer survivor Jean Leavitt work to empower women through education and support in facing the many challenges in moving forward in their lives. Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome. For more information, please call 781-624-4797.
Helping Children Cope with a Loved One’s Cancer
Our two-hour program is free for children ages 4-10 years and their families, when there is a loved one in the family who has cancer. (Note: The program is not for children who have cancer.) Our program uses the power of children’s imaginations to help them cope with feelings that accompany serious illness and changes within a family, featuring the award-winning book The Moon Balloon, written and illustrated by Joan Drescher of Hingham. Please call 781-624-8919 or visit helpingchildrencope.org to learn more and to register for a group or individual session.
Cancer Survivorship: Managing Your Follow-Up Care
Completing cancer treatment is a major milestone. While active treatment is behind you, there may be physical or emotional challenges that you face as a result of your cancer treatment. The survivorship program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital is available to help you navigate these issues. We can help you develop a plan to manage your ongoing care with your primary care and oncology care teams.
This care plan will:
- Summarize the treatments you received during your cancer treatment
- Identify potential late effects, their symptoms, and treatment
- Recommend future cancer screenings and prevention options
- Suggest lifestyle guidelines and genetic counseling if appropriate
- Provide support resources
For more information, please call 781-624-4787.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Share experiences, information and resources. A clinical support person will be available. Please call 781-624-8328 for more information.