Support Groups

At Torrance Memorial, we know there is much more to healing than the diagnoses and treatments that heal our bodies. To help you on the road to wellness, the medical center offers a wide variety of support groups that nurture the mind and spirit. Whether you need information, guidance or simply companionship, you are invited to take advantage of these helpful groups.


Bariatric Surgery

  • Meeting: Every 1st Monday of the month (no meeting in September 2015)
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: West Tower Auditorium, 2nd floor
  • Meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of the month (no meeting December 2015)
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: West Tower Auditorium, 2nd floor
  • Meeting: Every 4th Monday of the month (no meeting May and December 2015)
  • Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Health Conference Center, Room 3

Between Starving and Stuffed

Mindful eating for a healthy weight.

  • Meeting: Every 3rd Monday of the month
  • Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Health Conference Center, Room 1 and 2

Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

Nutrition support group is an optional free meeting offered monthly to patients who have had bariatric surgery. It is lead by a registered dietitian. Attendance at this group does not count towards any of the pre-surgery requirements. Email questions and topic requests to the dietitian at

  • Meeting: Every 1st Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Location: Weat Tower, 2nd Floor, Room A


Cancer Survivors in Transition

  • Meeting: Every Monday
  • Time: 4:30pm - 5:45pm
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center

Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group

A 4-week session breast cancer support group, begins the first Monday of the month. For more information call, 310-517-7077.

  • Meeting: Every Monday
  • Time: 4:30pm - 5:45pm
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center

Women's Cancer 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. No lecture in December. For more information call, 310-517-7077.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center


"Take Heart" Support Group

A peer support group for individuals with heart disease and their significant others. "Take Heart" is facilitated by a person who has experienced a cardiac event. This service is offered free. For more information call, 310-517-4737.

  • Meeting: First Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm


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. First session is free, each session there after is $2.00 per class, no reservation needed.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Room H, West Tower


Diabetes Support Group

Ongoing information, discussion and support related to life with diabetes. For more information email or call 310-891-6707.

Grief and Bereavement

Bereavement Support Group

Available Monday evenings from 6:00 pm. to 7:30 pm. and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 pm. to 4:30 pm. in the Health Conference Center. Come when you can, come when you must, but know that we'll be there for you. For more information call, 310-784-3751.


COPD Support Group (Lungs for Life)

An exciting support group that will provide information and education to graduates of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and the community, living with chronic lung conditions. Families and caregivers are also welcome to attend. The support group meets every 9 weeks at 10:00am to 12:00pm. For more information call, 310-784-4885.


Stroke Support Group

Provides stroke patients and family caregivers education and support; meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday, 10:00 am. For more information call, 310-325-9110, ext 1008.

Other Conditions and Support

Amputee Support Group

Quarterly discussion group to assist in the physical and psychological impact of amputation. 2nd Saturday of month/quarterly 12:00pm to 2:00pm. For more information call, 310-540-3921.

Depression Support Group

An ongoing support group for people dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10:00am to 12:00pm. For more information call, 310-517-4711.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of the month. Group is co-sponsored with the Arthritis Foundation. For more information call, 310-324-6810.

Lymphedema Discussion Group

Offered by Torrance Memorial and offers information and education to anyone i interested in learning about lymphedema. Held the last Tuesday of every month (except August and December), 12:00pm to 1:30pm. For more information call, 310-517-4665.


Weekly group for practicing meditation, a skill to quiet the mind and help relieve stress. For more information call, 310-517-4701.

Ostomy Support Group

Provides education and emotional support for ostomates; Facilitated by two enterostomal therapists. The group meets the 4th Thursday of every month from 7:30-8:30pm in the West Tower (excpet November when they move to the 3rd Thursday due to Thanksgiving. The group does not meet in December.) For more information call, AnneMarie Knudsen, 310-548-8558 or email

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

This support group features open discussion as well as education via guest speakers for those with Parkinson's Disease. Family members and friends are welcome to attend. Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month, 2:00 - 4:00pm. Location: West Tower, 2nd floor, Room A. For more information contact Tonya Dapson at 424-757-8370.

Anonymous Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Groups meet on Thursdays at 7:00pm; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

Marijuana Anonymous

Group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

Nicotine Anonymous

A weekly, drop-in support group for people who are quitting smoking based on the 12-step format. For more information, call 310-676-5118.

For More Information

For additional information about our support groups, call 310-517-4711.

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