Support Services

We know that living with prostate cancer affects not just you but also your spouse and your entire family. A solid source of support can make a tremendous difference when you or someone you love is going through or recovering from cancer treatment. Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing to share experiences and resources with others on a similar journey.


Prostate Cancer Support Group

Our prostate cancer support group meets monthly and is very active in the community through our prostate cancer advocacy group. We are here to give you the information and emotional support you need. We can also help you create a support plan that meets your needs. We provide counseling and emotional support for prostate cancer patients and their families.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at:
OHSU Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Avenue
3rd Floor Conference Center, Room 1A & 1B
Portland, OR 97239

Meetings are facilitated by Peter Bennett, M.S.W., oncology social worker; Rachel Slotke, clinical research project manager for prostate cancer research; and Justina Lynch, R.N., nurse coordinator for the multidisciplinary prostate cancer clinic.

Each meeting begins with brief introductions and announcements. Then an expert speaks for about 45 minutes on a relevant topic, saving time for questions. The last 30 minutes are reserved for informal check-in and discussion. Following the meeting, you are welcome to use the comfortable furniture and visit informally in the first-floor lobby.

For more information please contact Peter Bennett at 503 418-3544 or at

Discussion focus
Tuesday, August 2, 5 p.m.
Open discussion with breakout session for spouses and significant others.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Tuesday, September 6, 5 p.m.
Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., R.Y.T., health educator at Mindful Yoga Works

Kimberly is a health educator who specializes in using meditation and yoga with people with medical concerns. Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teaches participants to develop specific skills for concentration and deep relaxation. It is based on the national model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the UMass Medical Center. Two decades of published research indicates that the majority of people who complete a course in MBSR report reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away, an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem, an increased ability to cope effectively with stressful situations and lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.

Prostate cancer treatment and the coming era of genomics
Tuesday, October 4, 5 p.m.
Tomasz M. Beer, M.D., OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Learn about the future of treatment for prostate cancer from Dr. Beer, Chair of OHSU’s Prostate Cancer Program, who has focused exclusively on prostate cancer throughout his career. For more information on how OHSU is using gene sequencing to fight prostate cancer, watch Portland resident Bryce Olson’s story.

A time for levity and humor
Tuesday, November 1, 5 p.m.
Led by Jeremy Cetnar, M.D., OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Bring your own jokes and funny stories related to prostate cancer and survivorship. The first 30 minutes will be our regular time for check-in.

Discussion focus
Tuesday, December 6, 5 p.m.
Open discussion with breakout session for spouses and significant others.

More classes for people with cancer

Upcoming Meetings

Our prostate cancer advocacy group meets as needed.
This patient group works to increase prostate cancer research and treatment awareness across Oregon.
To get involved call 503 494-4393

Our friend-to-friend telephone program helps connect prostate cancer patients who may have had similar experiences with patients who volunteer their time to listen and support you. To be connected with a volunteer call 503 494-4393

Check the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute calendar for more upcoming meetings.