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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

Saturdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
November 18, 2017

Max Garlick, Ph.D.

Caregivers, partners, or loved ones of someone going through treatment for breast or ovarian cancer are often so focused on the person they are caring for that they begin to ignore their own physical and emotional health. Caregivers don’t often recognize the symptoms of stress they are experiencing. In this group, caregivers, partners, and loved ones are supported in caring for themselves, and are reminded of the importance of attending to their own needs.

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

Couples Support Series

There are currently no sessions scheduled.  If interested, please contact us.

Ask an Expert: Breast Cancer Q&A

First & third Thursdays
5:30-7:00 p.m.

A BCC tradition, these evening sessions are designed for people at all stages of treatment and beyond. Family members and friends are also welcome to attend. Respected local doctors and nurses answer your questions about various aspects of breast cancer. A therapist facilitates the discussion and offers support, while those attending share emotional and practical concerns and coping tips. Please see our calendar for scheduled speakers.

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


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.
  • Mira Geffner

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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