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.


Women's Cancer Support

This gathering of women 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. Meets first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the Health Conference Center. For more information call 310-517-4665.

Cancer Survivors in Transition

Learning to discover a new sense of self after cancer treatment. Facilitated by Kathy Calderon Lacey, NP, MFT. Every Monday at 6 pm to 7:30 pm. in the Health Conference Center. For more information call, 310-517-4665.


"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. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information call, 310-517-4737.


Caregiver Support Group

Information and nurturing support for people providing care for another. The drop-in group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30—8:00 p.m. in the West Tower, 5 th floor, Room H. For more information call, 310-517-4711.


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 1 st 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. 2 nd Saturday of month/quarterly 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. 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, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. For more information call, 310-517-4711.

Fibromyalgia Support Group

Monthly meetings are held the 2 nd 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), 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. 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 4 th Thursday of every month from 7:30-8:30pm in the West Tower (excpet November when they move to the 3 rd 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 - 4:00 pm. 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 7:00 pm; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

Marijuana Anonymous

Group meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, 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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