Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many in-person support groups are currently not meeting or are meeting online. Please be sure to check with each support group for current information.

Cancer Support Groups

This page features a list of Cancer Support groups offered by the UVM Cancer Center, as well as a listing of online and phone support groups offered by reputable national organizations. 

UVM Medical Center Support Groups

The following UVMMC support groups are free to attend. Dates and times are subject to change; please call the contact person listed for up-to-date information.

For a list of other support groups and resources throughout the state, please visit the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network website and click on the "Resources" link: http://vcsn.net/.

SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER LUNCH TIME MEETING

For cancer patients and the people who love them. Lunch is provided.

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where: Frymoyer Community Resource Center
Contact: Kathleen McBeth, 802-847-5715

CAREGIVER LUNCH TIME MEETING

For individuals caring for a loved one with cancer. Lunch is provided.

When: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where: Frymoyer Community Resource Center
Contact: Kathleen McBeth, 802-847-5715

MULTIPLE MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP

When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Where: Hope Lodge Conference Room
Contact: JoAnn Nielson, 802-847-5649

LEUKEMIA, LYMPHOMA, MYELOMA FAMILY SUPPORT

When: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Where: Call for location and directions
Contact: Michele Mosley, 802-847-0467

WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

When: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Where: Frymoyer Community Resource Center
Contact: Colleen Cargill 802-847-0467

GYNECOLOGIC MALIGNANCIES SUPPORT GROUP

For women with gynecological cancers.

When: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
Where: Hope Lodge Conference Room
Contact: Stephanie Fraser, 802-847-3234

FRIENDS FOR LIFE SUPPORT GROUP

Mindfulness group for people living with cancer.

When: Call for dates and times
Where: Steps to Wellness, 62 Tilley Drive
Contact: Julia Wick, 802-847-5609

YOUNG SURVIVORS GROUP

For cancer patients ages 18-40.

When: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Frymoyer Community Resource Center
Contact: Kathleen McBeth, 802-847-5715

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP

For children who have a parent or adult caregiver currently being treated for cancer.

When: Seasonal Offerings (call for dates)
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Call for location
Contact: Ali Waltien, 802-847-4069

PARENTING WITH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For people who have cancer and are also raising children (infancy-21 years). Must pre-register.

When: Call for dates, times, and location
Contact: Ali Waltien, 802-847-4069

YOUTH AND FAMILY BEREAVEMENT GROUPS

Three groups meet concurrently to support the needs of grieving families. Children, teen, and adult groups all available.

When: Last Saturday of every month Time: 10am - 12pm
Where: Call for location
Contact: Ali Waltien, 802-847-4069

HEALING ART WRITING

Two hour drop-in session. Explore art and writing to reduce stress and invite creativity.

When: Wednesdays 10am - 12pm
Where: Hope Lodge
Contact: Patricia Fontaine, 802-985-5691

Oncology Patient and Family Support—Online and by Phone

The Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at the University of Vermont Medical Center offers a listing of reputable online and phone support groups, networks, and communities including one-on-one peer support for oncology patients and their families.

For more information, contact the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center at 802-847-8821 or ResourceCenteratUVMHealth [dot] org.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY— CANCER SURVIVORS NETWORK

Join our online community by and for people with cancer and their families. Find and connect with others through our member search, discussion boards, chat rooms, and private CSN e-mail. Create your own personal space to tell us about yourself, share photos, audio, etc, start an online journal (blog), contribute resources, and more.

https://csn.cancer.org/

CANCERCARE — ONLINE AND PHONE SUPPORT GROUPS

Connect with others in support groups for cancer patients, loved ones and people who have lost a loved one, led by oncology social workers. Includes phone support groups for specific types of cancer.

https://www.cancercare.org/support_groups

VERMONT CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK — KINDRED CONNECTIONS PEER SUPPORT

Peer support for all those touched by cancer. Kindred Connections volunteers provide support and encouragement to cancer survivors. Survivors who have gone through similar experiences can offer a special kind of support. We can provide one-to-one assistance in person, by phone, or e-mail.

To make a connection email infoatvcsn [dot] net or call 802-552-3239

BREAST CANCER — NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

Our own Beyond the Shock online community is a free resource where members can ask any question about breast cancer and get answers from fellow survivors. It’s a safe place to share your story, and be encouraged by the stories of others. You can also learn all about breast cancer through informative videos and easy-to-read articles.

http://www.beyondtheshock.com/

COLON CANCER — COLORECTAL CANCER ALLIANCE

Connecting with other patients, family members, and caregivers at different stages of your journey can be a helpful way to find support and get answers. There is nothing like talking to someone who has been through a similar situation. If you need help, or would like to provide hope and help to someone going through colorectal cancer, please join us for our support group chat.

https://www.ccalliance.org/patient-family-support/patient-family-support-group-chat

LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA — LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

We are a community of blood cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. We’re here to support you, give you trusted information and resources, and help you feel connected. No one should have to face a blood cancer diagnosis alone. Features include online chats, peer-to-peer support, and an online community.

https://www.lls.org/support-resources

LUNG CANCER — GO2 FOUNDATION FOR LUNG CANCER

Find powerful connections, purposeful collaboration, and valuable resources through our online support communities.

https://go2foundation.org/resources-and-support/patient-communities/

OVARIAN CANCER— NATIONAL OVARIAN CANCER COALITION

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition CancerConnect Community is for everyone whose life has been touched by ovarian cancer. It is a place where you can safely voice your ideas, thoughts, and concerns, benefit from the experience of others, and most importantly, realize that you are not alone.

http://nocccommunity.ovarian.org/

PANCREATIC CANCER — PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

Offers support to patients, families, and caregivers through online support groups, telephone support groups, and an online community.

https://www.pancan.org/facing-pancreatic-cancer/resources-support-and-research/support-groups/online-support-groups/

PROSTATE CANCER — US, TOO
(RECOMMENDED BY THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION)

Offers an online support community and phone conversation groups.

https://www.ustoo.org/Join-An-Online-Prostate-Cancer-Support-Community
https://www.ustoo.org/Join-a-Phone-Conversation