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Cancer Support Groups

No one understands the challenges, fears and experiences related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment better than others who’ve been through the same thing. It’s tremendously helpful to be able to speak with and spend time with other people in treatment for cancer; many people find it as meaningful to provide support as to receive it.

Cancer Survivor, Caregiver and Family Support Group

A gathering of cancer survivors and their loved ones sharing stories, healing and learning new tools to cope with life's changes.

  • Facilitated: Kathy Calderone Lacey, NP, MFT
  • Meeting: Every Monday, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center
  • Cost and Reservation: Free and no reservations necessary

For more information call the Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665.

Women's Cancer Survivorship Support Group

A gathering of women that offers an opportunity to share stories, gather information and be surrounded by others who have embarked on a similar journey of healing. The first meeting of each month includes a lecture on a cancer-related topic.

  • Facilitated: Kathy Calderon Lacey, NP, MFT
  • Meeting: Every Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center
  • Cost and Reservation: Free and no reservations needed
  • Topics: July-Yoga Therapy; September-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; October-Acupuncture; Novemeber-Mindful Movement; August & Decembe-No Lecture

For more information call the Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665.

Caregiver Support Group

An ongoing support group to provide information, nurturing, and companionship to those providing care for a family member or friend. Caregivers are welcome to come alone or with someone they care about.

  • Facilitated: Licensed social worker
  • Meeting: Every Tuesday, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center
  • Cost and Reservation: First session is free, each session there after is $1.00 per class, no reservation needed

Call the ADVANTAGE Healthline at 310-517-4666 for more information.

Family Cancer Support Group

A drop-in group for family members and loved ones of hospitalized cancer patients to help them cope with the challenges of a loved one undergoing cancer treatment. No reservations or registration is required.

  • Facilitated: Kathy Calderon Lacey, NP, MFT
  • Meeting: Every Monday, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Location: 2 North Lemkin Pavilion Family Room
  • Cost and Reservation: Free and no reservations needed

Lymphedema Discussion Group

A support group for persons with lymphedema, which is swelling from abnormal fluid accumulation. Lymphedema can be caused by medical conditions, treatment or be congenital. The group offers an opportunity to meet Torrance Memorial lymphedema therapists, learn more about lymphedema therapy and connect with others who are coping with the condition.

  • Facilitated: Lymphedema Therapist
  • Meeting: Last Tuesday of every month, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Location: 2nd Floor, West Tower
  • Cost and Reservation: Free and no reservations needed

Bereavement Support Groups and Services

Offered through Torrance Memorial Hospice, view Bereavement support groups

Cancer Support Groups in the Community

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach

Formerly known as The Wellness Community of the South Bay, the Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit cancer support organization with a center in Redondo Beach. The Cancer Support Community offers a host of free programs including support groups, classes and wellness workshops to aid cancer patients and their loved ones. Spanish-speaking support group also available.

For more information, call The Cancer Support Community at 310-376-3550.


Regresar al Bienestar (Return to Wellness)

A support group for Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors and their families. Sponsored by theCancer Support Community.

More Information (downloadable flyer)


Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

The Simms/Mann Center at UCLA offers a variety of cancer support groups at the Westwood campus.


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Refugio is a Spanish-speaking breast cancer support group at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The group is sponsored by the YWCA and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Location: 1124 W. Carson Street, Torrance in Trailer N-24

Call 310-547-0831 for more information.


Web-Based Support Groups

Many cancer support groups for patients and loved ones can be found at cancer information sites on the internet. CancerCare offers an array of internet-based support groups that are facilitated by professional oncology social workers.