Support Groups and Classes

A good source of support can make a tremendous difference when you or someone you care about is going through or recovering from cancer treatment. You may find comfort in talking with others who are having a similar experience or sharing helpful resources and information with others.

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Support groups: Prostate cancer and young adult support groups.
Patient education: Introduction to Chemotherapy and Pre-Transplant Education classes.
Patient advocacy: Increase prostate cancer research and treatment awareness throughout Oregon.
Support classes: Yoga and mindfulness classes for stress relief.

Support groups

The following support groups are facilitated by professional social workers. You and your family can join at any time.

Prostate cancer support group

Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, Paul Kirk Conference Center
Date and time
: First Tuesday of the month, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Men affected by prostate cancer and their loved ones are welcome to attend

Peter Bennett, MSW Oncology Social Worker
Rachel Slottke, Clinical Research Project Coordinator, Prostate Cancer Research
Justina Lynch, Nurse Coordinator, Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic

The group meetings begin with brief introductions and announcements. When a speaker comes to the group, they will speak for approximately 45 minutes, saving time for questions. The last 30 minutes are reserved for informal check-in and discussion by attendees. Following the group meeting, attendees are welcome to use the comfortable furniture and visit informally in the first floor lobby of the OHSU Center for Health & Healing.

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

2015 Prostate Cancer Support Group Schedule

Young adult group for survivors

Supporting the unique needs of cancer patients and survivors ages 21–40 and their loved ones. This group is facilitated by two experienced oncology social workers and held in conjunction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Date and Time: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 6–7:30 p.m – except in December, when no formal meetings are held.

Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, Paul Kirk Conference Center. Free parking is available in the CHH Parking Garage (please bring your ticket with you to the meeting so that it can be validated).
Contact: Sara Goodman, L.C.S.W. at 503 475-8880 or read more about the Young Adult Support Group.

Patient education

Before undergoing some cancer treatments, it may help to attend a class that tells you what to expect during treatment. The following three classes are held on a regular basis. Advanced registration is required. Please use the contact information listed below.

Infusing knowledge: a class to introduce patients and families to chemotherapy

This class is designed to help you and your family members understand what to expect during chemotherapy. Includes an overview of our dietician services and tips.

Date and Time: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 9:30 - 11a.m.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 7th floor
Contact: Your nurse or preview the class online.

Pre-transplant education class

Pre-education classes are available for autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplant patients and their families.

Location: Multnomah Pavilion, Center for Hematologic Malignancies
Contact: Your nurse coordinator at 503 494-5058.

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Patient advocacy

Prostate cancer patient advocacy group

This patient group works to increase prostate cancer research and treatment awareness across Oregon through fundraising, legislative and educational initiatives.
To get involved call 503 494-4393

Prostate cancer friend-to-friend program

This telephone program connects 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

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Cancer support classes

Mindfulness class: stress reduction breath by breath

Schedule: February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Osprey Room, OHSU Beaverton Cancer Clinic
Invitation: No cost, open to men and women healing from cancer and/or their caregivers

Contact Kimberly Carson at 503 245-9642 or

Mindfulness-based stress reduction for people healing from cancer and their caregivers

Meditation instruction and practice, group discussions and educational presentations on the relationships between stress, health and mindfulness. Classes may include very gentle yoga postures. Participants are given a course workbook and CDs for home practice.

About the class: This course is based on the national model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the UMass Medical Center. Two decades of published research shows that most people who complete the course report an increased ability to relax, reductions in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with pain, increased ability to cope with stress and lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.

About the instructor: Kimberly Carson, M.P.H, R.Y.T., is a health educator who specializes in using meditation and yoga with people with medical concerns. She currently teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at OHSU's March Wellness and previously taught MBSR at Duke University Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals and the University of Florida.

Date and time: Eight-week sessions begin several times a year.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, Beaverton Hematology Oncology
Fee: $150 (Thanks to a generous donation, the cost of this class has been reduced from $250).
To register: Contact Kimberly Carson at 503 245-9642

Gentle yoga for women and men healing from cancer

Taught by a nationally certified yoga teacher and assisted by experienced oncology healthcare professionals.

Come join other women and men in a supportive environment designed to nourish you. We will engage in gentle stretching, strength building, breathing exercises, deep relaxation with guided imagery, and some aspects of meditation.

Women and men in any stage of healing from cancer (at least 6 weeks post-surgery) are welcome. A signed release from your primary cancer care provider is required. Space is limited.

Dates and locations:
Tuesdays, 10:30 –11:30 a.m. at OHSU Beaverton Cancer Clinic
Wednesdays, 5:45 – 7 p.m. at OHSU School of Nursing,1st floor, room 134 yoga studio
: FREE. Participants pay a nominal fee after their first year. Pre-registration and provider release form required.
Other details
: Space is limited. Participants register for either the Tuesday or Wednesday class, dependent upon availability. Wednesday class open to women only.
To register
: Contact Susan Hedlund at 503 346-0285.

Men's writing group - for men healing from cancer

This writing group offers a confidential and relaxed setting to write stories in response to exercises. Writers can share their stories with other participants if they choose. This group employs the Amherst Writers and Artists Method.
To register: Contact SuEllen Pommier at 503 494-5034

Women's writing group – for women healing from cancer

This writing group offers a confidential and relaxed setting to write stories in response to exercises. Writers can share their stories with other participants if they choose. This group employs the Amherst Writers and Artists Method.
To register: Contact SuEllen Pommier at 503 494-5034
Date and Times: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Kohler Pavilion, OHSU Center for Women's Health, 7th floor, Wilcox Conference Room

Young adult writing group- for young adults healing from cancer

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute offers you an opportunity to explore your cancer journey through writing. This ten week workshop, led by an Amherst Writers & Artist trained facilitator, offers a safe and empowering environment that encourages health and healing. This is not a support group or a workshop where you will learn to write. This is a place where you can process your cancer experiences through creative writing prompts, exploring the meaning of your story as you put words to your unspoken thoughts. The workshop is open to any adolescent or young adult (age 15-39) with cancer in the community. No prior writing experience is necessary to join.  

To register: For more information, please call SuEllen Pommier at 503 494-5034 or email
Date and time: Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor
Fee: Registration is free, but required. Read about our current writing workshop series.

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