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Caregivers & Families

Programs for Caregivers

If you’re helping a loved one through cancer treatment, then you are a caregiver. Although you can’t take someone else’s journey, caregivers can share in that journey and provide invaluable support. Each caregiver has unique gifts they can offer at this difficult time. We often recommend the following programs to caregivers and family members.

Caregivers & Loved Ones Support Group

This group has been placed on hold due to limited interest.

Ask an Expert: Breast Cancer Q&A

Client attendance at our Ask an Expert:  Breast Cancer Q&A program has dramatically declined over the past several years.  Recognizing this decline, we made attempts to boost attendance by changing the name and the frequency of the program.  We also surveyed our clients to hear their thoughts about the program and have consulted our Medical Advisory Group and our Board of Directors.  Despite these efforts, attendance remains low, and so we have made the difficult decision to put the program on hold for the time being.  For your medical information needs, please refer to our Medical Information Services.


Our library houses an extensive collection of cancer books, medical articles, DVDs, CDs, and periodicals relevant to your diagnosis and treatment options.  Most materials are available for loan for up to three weeks.

Circulating Books About:
Dealing with the diagnosis
Complementary & alternative medicine
Caregiver and support roles
Life after treatment

Resource Information:
Clinical trials: what they are, types, where they can be found
Providers of equipment and services
Support groups in the area
Resources for caregivers/family/friends
Help with employment/financial issues

Interpretive Information:
News reports
Explanations of current research advances
Motivational/inspirational articles
Practical advice
Alternative/complementary medical information

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications:
Abstracts of research studies
Reviews of research
Guidelines to understand treatment and doctor recommendations
Analyses of research studies

Medical Information Services

Our Medical Information Services team can:

  • Explain a pathology report
  • Find appropriate resources to address
    your medical questions
  • Explain standard treatment guidelines
  • Navigate our library
  • Locate clinical trials
  • Explore a personal decision using
    My Personalized Decision Guide
Medical Information Services Team
  • Erika Bell, Ph.D.

Free of charge. By appointment (650) 326-6686 or toll-free (888) 222-4401.

Healing & Guided Imagery

First and third Wednesdays
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Mary Horngren, CMHT

Mary will guide you through deep relaxation techniques for mind and body, helping you to tap into your own healing powers and lower your stress level. CD audio recordings are available for loan in our library.

Free of charge. Drop-in.


BCC is here to support you every step of the way. View our full menu of programs and services.

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