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Support Groups

Support Groups

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 a variety of support groups that are facilitated by licensed therapists and offered free of charge. If you’d like to attend one of our support groups, please call the Helpline at (650) 326-6686.[/retinaiconbox]

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

Jennifer
Caregivers & Loved Ones Support Group

Quarterly
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20

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

Hereditary Cancer Support Group

In partnership with

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Meets quarterly
Tuesday, April 18
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Rachel Koff, Licensed Genetic Counselor

This ongoing support and education group is for anyone with a genetic mutation that puts them at greater risk for 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

marzo 25, abril 29, mayo 27, junio 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

Soudabeh Azizi, MFT

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.

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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 www.pjcc.org/pink

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

Laurie Ostacher, 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 & third Saturdays
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Max Garlick, Ph.D.

Second Thursday
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Hildy Agustin, 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.

Karen Newcomb, LMFT

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.
Second Friday: 5:30-7:00 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.

Social Support

Young Women’s Social Activity: Picnic

Sunday, May 21
3:00-6:00 p.m.

Meet other young women and their families for a day of outdoor fun at the park. Kids can be entertained on the play structure while adults mingle. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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

Young Women’s Social Activity: Movie Night

Friday, June 9
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Join other young breast cancer survivors for an evening of bonding, complete with popcorn and a movie! Feel free to suggest your favorite “chick flick” to us at info@bcconnections.org.

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

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