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Emotional Support

Peer Support, Support Groups, Counseling, and More

Sometimes in our lives what we need most is simply to be with other people who understand what we’re going through. Bay Area Cancer Connections offers one-on-one support, social activities, and a variety of support groups that are facilitated by licensed therapists and offered free of charge. If you’d like to learn more about our support programs, please call the Helpline at (650) 326-6686.

“It’s really helpful to share experiences, and hear stories from women who understand.”


One-on-One Support

Peer Support Buddies

Buddies for Breast Cancer or Ovarian Cancer 

The Buddy Program connects you with someone who has had a similar breast cancer or ovarian cancer diagnosis or treatment experience. We match you, as best we can, by age, diagnosis, or any other aspect of your situation that is important to you. Buddies are available to share their cancer experience, provide emotional, practical, and informational support. You can request a Buddy at any point along your journey.

Free of charge. Call to request a Buddy (650) 326-6686 or toll-free (888) 222-4401.


Helpliners are here to greet you when you call or walk in. These caring individuals can navigate you through our programs and services, or connect you with helpful resources in the community.

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

Pro Bono Counseling

A licensed therapist with experience helping women deal with cancer-related issues offers one to two free sessions by phone or in-person. We match you with a therapist based on your specific issue, your location, their area of expertise, and availability.

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

Online Support

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Online Support Group

Second and fourth Thursdays
12:00-1:00 p.m.

We would like to announce our latest online project: an online BCC support group! We are aiming to facilitate connection and support for those of you who may not be able to access our services at the center or would like to supplement the services you already access at BCC. This is a group for those at any point in their treatment and with any stage of cancer.

Please call the Helpline at (650) 326-6686 to register for this online group. All members will need to have a phone screening with the group facilitator, Dorote Lucci, M.A.


Breast Cancer Support Groups

Hereditary Cancer Support Group

In partnership with


Meets quarterly
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Rachel Koff, Licensed Genetic Counselor
Debbie Landi, LCSW

This ongoing support and education group is for anyone with a genetic mutation that puts them at greater risk of developing cancer, including but not limited to individuals who are BRCA positive or have Lynch syndrome. The group is open to all individuals, whether a “previvor” or already diagnosed with cancer. We will focus on moving forward while coping with the practical and emotional impact of having a genetic mutation increasing the risk of a cancer diagnosis.

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

Spanish Breast Cancer Support Group
Mujeres unidas: grupo de apoyo emocional de cáncer de seno

Habla español? We’re excited to offer our first support group in Spanish! If you know someone seeking support for breast cancer and their primary language is Spanish, please let them know about this free group.

Mujeres unidas: grupo de apoyo emocional de cáncer de seno

febrero 24
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

El grupo es dirigido por Juanita Gomez, Ph.D.

Este grupo es para las mujeres diagnosticadas con cáncer de seno que estén actualmente en tratamiento o para las que han terminado con el.
Por favor venga a compartir un momento agradable con otras mujeres acompañadas de un cafecito.
Todos los programas y servicios de Bay Area Cancer Connections son gratuitos.

Para inscribirse o por cualquier duda, favor de llamar a Sonia Sifuentes al (650) 326-6299, ext 11.

Breast Cancer Newly Diagnosed & In-Treatment Support Group
Every Saturday
3:00-4:30 p.m.

At Bay Area Cancer Connections

Dorote Lucci, M.A.

Second Wednesday of the Month
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Conference Room A
800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404

Judy Goldstein, LCSW

This group is for the unique experience of women newly diagnosed or currently being treated for breast cancer. The emotional and practical side effects of treatment will be discussed to support health and well-being throughout treatment.


About the PJCC

We’ve partnered with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center to provide an additional location for this group. The PJCC is proud to offer The Pink Ribbon Program, a postoperative workout designed to enhance recovery for breast cancer patients. The private, small-group, post-rehabilitation classes are open to all breast cancer survivors whether surgery was eight weeks or 20 years ago. The PJCC is the only facility on the Peninsula to offer this innovative program.

Learn more at

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

DCIS Breast Cancer Support Group

First Monday
5:30-7:00 p.m.
At Bay Area Cancer Connections

Barbara Kirsch, Ph.D.

Women with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) may have treatment options that are unique from women diagnosed with other types of cancer. This group is designed to offer support and shared experiences as women navigate treatment decisions, side effects, varying emotions, and more.

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

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Second, Third, and Fourth Mondays (and Fifth Mondays if applicable)
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Laurie Ostacher, LCSW
Debbie Landi, LCSW

This is a group for women who have been diagnosed with stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer. We are a group of women who discuss many topics. Yes, we speak about death and grief, but we also laugh and joke. We share resources, our experiences, and a never-ending list of practical tips to manage things like side effects and tough conversations with family members.

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

Recovery & Renewal Support Group

First, Second. & Third Saturdays
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Max Garlick, Ph.D.

This is an ongoing support group for anyone who has completed treatment for breast or ovarian cancer and is now focusing on continued physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Clients discuss issues, concerns, and emotions with their peers.

Please note: clients must be done with active treatment to attend (e.g. surgery, chemotherapy, radiation).

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

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Support Group

Third Saturday
10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Laurie Nelson, MFT

This ongoing support group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).  The focus of the group provides a supportive environment for the discussion of the unique issues, in treatment and survivorship, faced by women with TNBC, enabling them to better understand themselves and their diagnosis as they move forward.

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

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Group at Mills-Peninsula

First & Third Thursdays
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center – Conference Room
100 S. San Mateo Dr., San Mateo 94401

Judy Goldstein, LCSW

This group is offered in partnership with Mills Peninsula Health Services. It is for young women (50 and younger) recently diagnosed, in-treatment or post-treatment for breast cancer.

Topics include coping with the long-term side effects of aggressive cancer treatments, fertility, sexuality and intimacy, and long-term health concerns.

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

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Group at BCC

First Saturday: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
At Bay Area Cancer Connections

Colleen Lam Nguyen, LMFT

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is difficult but it can be especially challenging when you are younger. Come and join us, a group of young women (50 and younger) recently diagnosed, in-treatment for breast cancer, and those who have completed treatment. We support each other while trying to balance the demands of cancer treatments with family and work responsibilities. Topics include coping with aggressive treatments, fertility, sexuality and intimacy, and long-term health concerns.

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

Ovarian Support Groups

Ovarian Cancer Networking Group

First Saturday
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Colleen Lam Nguyen, LMFT

This group provides a safe place for women who are in-treatment or who have completed treatment for ovarian cancer to connect, share their experiences, and feel understood.

Free of charge. Register by calling the BCC Helpline at (650) 326-6686 or toll-free (888) 222-4401. 

Ovarian Cancer Coffee Connections

In partnership with

Saturday, March 10
9:30-11:00 a.m.

Coupa Cafe
538 Ramona St. Palo Alto, CA

Vicky Michelis, Volunteer

Join us once a month for a cup of coffee and community. Mix, mingle, and share your thoughts with others who are currently facing or have faced ovarian cancer. The first cup’s on us!

Free of charge. Register by calling the BCC Helpline at (650) 326-6686 or toll-free (888) 222-4401. 

Social Support

Young Women’s Social Activity: 2nd Annual Get to Know Each Other Over Tea

Saturday, February 24
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Christina Tecson and Kristien Karmarkar, Volunteers

Join us for tea with young breast cancer survivors. Savor flavorful teas, coffee, and a delightful spread of sandwiches, scones, and desserts. The benefits of drinking tea has long been promoted by medical and health experts in many cultures, while also encouraging camaraderie, peace, and relaxation.

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

Writing Through Cancer

Second and Fourth Wednesdays
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Karen Newcomb, LMFT

Using writing prompts and pens, we will kindly and gently explore our relationship with ourselves—before and after cancer. No prior creative writing experience necessary.

Knit One, Purl Two

Second Tuesday 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Fourth Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catherine Coe, BCC Helpliner

Join us for an afternoon or evening of knitting! Meet, mingle and trade yarns with local knitters. Have fun comparing patterns, sharing techniques and trading tips on stitches, sweaters, and mittens. Friends and family welcome! Complimentary snacks provided.

If you are new to this addictive, relaxing hobby we have some materials to share and experienced knitters who can help you get started. Crocheters are welcome too!

Snacks and refreshments provided.

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