Cancer Support Groups
Getting the emotional support you need, whether you are the person with
cancer or a caregiver or loved one, is an essential part of coping with
the stress inherent in the cancer journey.
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 by
Kathy Calderone Lacey, NP, MFT. Meets
Monday at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Health Conference Center. 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. Facilitated by Kathy Calderon Lacey, NP, MFT,
every Tuesday at
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Conference Center. Free and no reservations needed. For
more information call the Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665. The
first meeting of each month includes a lecture on a cancer-related topic.
||Yoga 4 Wellness
The Forgiving Heart for Women in Transition -
Nancy Siskowic, RN, MSN, NP, CNS-BC
||Psychology of Healing
Ancient Energy Systems & Healing -
Dennis Kinnane, O.M.D., L.A.C., Pharmacist
||Self Care Massage
||Regaining Mobility Using the Feldenkrais Method
||Spirituality: Finding Your Wings
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. Led by a licensed
social worker, the group meets
every Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Health Conference Center. The first session is free, each session
thereafter is $1.00 per class. Call the ADVANTAGE Healthline at 310-517-4666
for more information and meeting room location.
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. Free and
open to anyone who has a loved one with cancer. Facilitated by Kathy Calderon
Lacey, NP, MFT, every
Monday, 3:30-5 p.m., in the
2 North Lemkin Pavilion
Family Room. For more information call the Cancer Resource Center at 310-517-4665.
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. Meets the last Tuesday
of each month 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the West Tower 2nd floor. No meetings
in August or December. Free and open to anyone. No reservations necessary.
Bereavement Support Groups and Services
Offered through Torrance Memorial
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
famlies. Sponsored by the Cancer Support Community.
Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
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. Meets Tuesdays 9 a.m. to noon, 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.