Advance Healthcare Directives Workshop

Free workshop that provides information and guidance on how to complete an Advance Directives and effectively communicate your health care wishes with the important people in your life. Pre-registration is required.

  • For dates and times, please call (310) 517-4711 or click here.

Genetics: Understanding Hereditary Breast Cancer and the Role of Genetic Testing

Informational class on hereditary breast cancer and genetic testing. No RSVP required.

  • Every Wednesday
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Location: Please call (310) 891-6672 to confirm room.

Lunch and Learn: Cancer 101

Basic information on cancer and how to understand the steps after diagnosis. The class will be followed by an open session to talk about practical resources that are available for cancer care. RSVP required. Please call (310) 517-1230.

  • Every 1st Friday of the Month
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • West Tower, 2nd Floor, Room B

Breast Health Information

Free information on breast cancer screening and how to perform a breast self-examination. RSVP is required, please call (310) 784-6335, option 3. Call for future dates.

  • 5:00 - 6:00pm
  • Polak Imaging Pavilion, 3275 Skypark Drive, Torrance, CA 90505

Smoking Cessation

A 7-week program focused on helping you develop skills to quit smoking. A $25 fee for class materials is required. Call (310) 517-1072 to register.

  • Tuesdays (7 Weeks)
  • 5:30 - 7:30pm
  • Call (310) 517-1072 to confirm the location of the class.

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.

Bereavement Support Groups and Services

Offered through Torrance Memorial Hospice, view Bereavement support groups

Newly Diagnosed Support Group

For newly diagnosed or in treatment.

  • Meeting: Every 3rd Friday of the Month
  • Time: 10AM - 11:30AM
  • Location: West Tower, 2nd Floor, Room B

Cancer Caregiving Support Group

For anyone providing care to a loved one with cancer.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Friday of the Month
  • Time: 10AM - 11:30AM
  • Location: Call (310) 517-1230 to confirm room

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.

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

Men's Cancer Support Group

A gathering of men with any type of cancer sharing their questions, concerns and experiences of living with cancer.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Location: Torrance Memorial Medical Center, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

A safe environment to share your experiences related to diagnosis, and learn about available resources.

  • Meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
  • Location: Torrance Memorial Medical Center, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

Mastectomy/Breast Reconstruction Support Group

This group helps and supports mastectomy/breast cancer reconstruction patients. It is a place where women can share stories and get to know other survivors who had mastectomy/breast reconstruction. Reservations are required for this free group. For more information call 310-517-4660.

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Location: Torrance Memorial Medical Center, West Tower, Room B (2nd floor)

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 the Cancer Support Community.

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
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 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. Cancer Care offers an array of Internet-based support groups that are facilitated by professional oncology social workers.