Support Groups: Cancer

American Cancer Society Programs

For American Cancer Society Programs, contact 800-ACS-2345 or request a referral from your health care provider.


Art and Health Support Group - Poulsbo

Harrison HealthPartners Hematology & Oncology
Oncology Conference Room
19500 10th Avenue Northeast
Poulsbo, WA 98370

2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Facilitated by: Tom Axtelle, LMHP
Contact: 360-598-7500


Art Therapy – Gig Harbor

Art classes are open to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, or anyone undergoing a medical life change. Come find your joy and discover a new way to tolerate daily stresses.

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Every Tuesday, noon–2 p.m.

Contact: 253-530-2936


Bainbridge Men with Health Issues - All Diagnoses welcome!

Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Drive Northeast
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Every Monday, noon-1:30 p.m.

Self-facilitated


Breast Cancer Support Group

For information about local breast cancer support groups near you, please contact Tanya Parieaux, Breast Cancer Support Group Facilitator, at 206-938-9081.


Caregiver Support Group - Bainbridge

Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Drive Northeast
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Every Tuesday, 2-3 p.m.

Facilitated by: Karen Carson
Contact: 206-842-3539


Chronic Cancer Support Group - Silverdale

For men and women living with advanced stage cancer only.

Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale
Rose Room
1800 Northwest Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383

3rd Tuesday of each month, 1:30-3 p.m.

Facilitated by: Pattie Pritchard, LICSW, and Meg Mitchell, MSW
Contact: 360-598-7500


Fitting Food Into Your Fight Against Cancer

Designed for cancer patients in active treatment and their caregiver or support person. Topics include: anti-inflammatory foods to aid recovery and healing, coping with common treatment related side effects, and reputable nutrition resources. Instructor: Nancy Steedman RD, CD, a certified specialist in oncology nutrition. View the flyer.

St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

3rd Tuesday of every month, 3–4 p.m

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

4th Thursday of every month, 10–11 a.m
Ground Floor Oncology Administration Conference room

Registration: Call 253-426-4428


General Cancer Support Group - Shelton

Pershing Room at Mason General Hospital
901 Mountain View Drive
Shelton, WA 98584

3rd Monday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m.

Facilitated by: Karry Trout
Contact: 360-432-7706


Knit for Life Support Groups

A Free knitting support groups for all cancer patients, family members and caregivers.

St. Joseph Outpatient Center
Infusion Clinic (1st floor near Rehabilitation)
1617 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1-3 p.m.

St. Francis Hospital
Radiation Oncology waiting area
34515 9th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98003

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital
11567 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Meets Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

Highline Cancer Center - Burien
Lobby
16233 Sylvester Road Southwest
Suite 110
Burien, WA 98166

Meets every Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m.

Call 253-426-6746 for more information


Laryngectomy Support Group

A support group led by laryngectomy survivors. The group is open to survivors, spouses and/or caregivers. Provides information and support on treatment, recovery and the challenges of living with laryngectomy.

Highline Cancer Center
16233 Sylvester Road Southwest
Suite 110
Burien, WA 98166

1st Tuesday of every month, 2-3:30 p.m.

Call 206-431-5249 for more information


Live Strong at the YMCA

Partners in healing. A free 12-week health and wellness program for cancer patients that focuses on the whole person. The program helps people ease their way back into fitness.

To register in Kitsap and Pierce county, contact Gae Dougherty at 253-460-8986 or gdougherty@ymcapkc.org
www.ymcapkc.org/livestrong-at-ymca


Living with Cancer Support Group - Burien

Provides cancer survivors, family and/or caregivers information and support through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the challenges of the first year of living and surviving cancer after completion of treatment. Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Highline Cancer Center - Burien
16233 Sylvester Road Southwest
Suite 110
Burien, WA 98166

2nd and 4th Monday of every month, 2-3:30 p.m.

Call 206-431-5249 for more information


Cancer: Look Good...Feel Better

Open to female cancer survivors. This free 2 and 1/2 hour class teaches women how to apply make-up, tie head scarves and enhance their appearance during cancer treatment. Lots of fun for everyone!

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center in the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony Hospital
11511 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

1st Wednesday of every even month (February, April, June, August, October, December) 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Harrison HealthPartners Hematology & Oncology
19500 10th Avenue Northeast
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Held once each February, April, June, August, October and December on the first Friday from 10-11:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Medical Center
Ground Floor Oncology Administration Conference room
1717 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Held the 4th Tuesday of each month – 10 a.m.-noon

Registration: Register through the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345


Lung Cancer Alliance Phone Buddy Program

This national peer-to-peer support program matches lung cancer survivors or their caregivers and family members with other patients or caregivers who have gone through or are currently going through similar medical and social situations.

Contact: 800-298-2436 or lungcanceralliance.org


Men’s Cancer Support Group - Poulsbo

Harrison HealthPartners Hematology & Oncology
Oncology Conference Room
19500 10th Avenue Northeast
Suite 100
Poulsbo, WA, 98370

Last Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Facilitated by: Joe Jack Davis, MD
Contact: 360-598-7500


Online/Phone Support Groups for Patients and Caregivers

Telephone and online counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial information are available through CancerCare at no cost.

Examples of online support groups include:

For Patients

For Caregivers and Loved Ones

Bereavement/Grief

For information:


Ovarian/Gynecological Cancer Support Group - Silverdale

This group provides education, resources, and support for those affected by ovarian or gynecological cancer.

Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale
Rose Room
1800 Northwest Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383

3rd Tuesday of each month, 1 p.m.

Facilitated by: Sue-Marie Casagrande, MSW
Contact: 360-744-4990 or cancersupport@harrisonmedical.org


Peninsula Cancer Center: “Support for Living Well”

New attendees should call to make a reservation.

Peninsula Cancer Center Conference Room
19917 7th Avenue Northwest
Suite 100
Poulsbo, WA 98370

3rd Monday of each month. Established attendees 2:30-4 p.m. and new attendees 4-5:30 p.m.

Contact: 360-697-8000


Prostate Cancer Support Group - Burien

Education, information, sharing and support for men with prostate cancer and their partners. Topics include pathology of prostate cancer, incontinence and brachytherapy-seed implants.

Highline Cancer Center
Conference Room Two
16233 Sylvester Road Southwest
Suite 110
Burien, WA 98116

2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 206-431-5249 or visit www.prostatewashington.org where you can also find groups in other areas of the Puget Sound


Prostate Cancer Support Group - Enumclaw

Education, information, sharing and support through discussion of experiences and outcomes in a safe environment. Survivors, the newly diagnosed, spouses, friends, people who want more information about prostate cancer, and medical professionals are all welcome. Topics include early detection, treatment options, incontinence, and lifestyle impact to the individual and his surroundings.

844 Mt Villa Drive
Enumclaw, WA 98022

Twice a month

Contact: Mike Gordon, gordonsroost@gmail.com, 907-371-6448

For more information, or to find groups in other areas of the Puget Sound, go to www.prostatewashington.org


Prostate Cancer Support Group - Poulsbo

Elmer’s Restaurant
760 Liberty Way
Poulsbo, WA 98370

Last Thursday of each month, noon

Facilitated by: Jerry Jurgens
Contact:
jjurgens@silverlink.net

For more information, or to find groups in other areas of the Puget Sound, go to www.prostatewashington.org


Reach to Recovery

This American Cancer Society support program is for people coping with the breast cancer experience. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors trained to give support and up-to-date information, including literature for spouses, children, friends, and other loved ones. Face-to-face or telephone visits.

Contact: 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345), or request a referral from your healthcare provider


Road to Recovery Transportation

This American Cancer Society program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride, or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.


Cancer: Support Group for Young Adults

This group provides resources and support for cancer survivors or those affected by cancer and is oriented toward ages 18-40 but all are welcome.

Facilitator: Angie Osborne, MA Ed, MA LMFTA
Wish Breathe Believe Counseling Services
3224 6th Avenue
Tacoma WA 98406

5 – 6 p.m., second Monday of the month


Tai Chi for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

This gentle course can help you reduce stress and increase physical strength, stamina and flexibility. Participants move according to their own pace. Call 206-431-5248 for more information or to register.

Highline Cancer Center - Burien
Lobby
16233 Sylvester Road Southwest
Suite 110
Burien, WA 98166

Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.


Women and Cancer Support Group - Bainbridge

Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Drive Northeast
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, noon–1:30 p.m.

Facilitated by: Karen Carson
Contact: 206-842-3539


Women and Cancer Support Group - Bremerton

This group provides education, resources, and support for women affected by cancer. Friends or other loved ones of the cancer patient are welcome.

Harrison Medical Center
Radiation Oncology Library
2520 Cherry Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98310

2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Facilitated by: Pattie Pritchard, LICSW
Contact: 360-744-4990 or cancersupport@harrisonmedical.org


Women and Cancer Support Group - Poulsbo

This group provides education, resources, and support for women affected by cancer. Friends or other loved ones of the cancer patient are welcome.

Harrison HealthPartners Hematology & Oncology
Oncology Conference Room
19500 10th Avenue Northeast
Poulsbo, WA 98370

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Facilitated by: Meg Mitchell, MSW
Contact: 360-598-7500 or cancersupport@harrisonmedical.org


Yoga for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Open to anyone touched by cancer as a patient, survivor or caregiver. All levels welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary.

Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center lobby
11511 Canterwood Boulevard Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m.

St. Joseph Outpatient Center
Infusion Clinic lobby (1st floor near Rehabilitation)
1617 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

One Tuesday each month, from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm: April 12, May 10, June 7, July 19, August 9, September 27, October 4

For more information, call 253-426-6746