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.
- 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.
- Community support-group resources: Find support in your community.
The following support groups are facilitated by professional social workers. You and your family can join these groups at any time.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Prostate Cancer Support Group at Oregon Health & Science University meets the first Tuesday of each month. This is a group for those most impacted by prostate cancer, including those closest to them. Women are welcome to attend this group. The time of the group is 5:30 – 7 p.m. in rooms 1a and 1b in the Paul Kirk Conference Center on the 3rd floor of the Center for Health and Healing. The group meetings begin with brief introductions and announcements. When a speaker comes to the group, he or she will speak for approximately 30 minutes, saving time for questions. The last 30-45 minutes is reserved as an informal check-in and discussion with support group attendees. Following the group meeting, attendees are welcome to use the comfortable furniture and visit informally on the first floor in the Center for Health & Healing. If you have questions please call Katie Hennessy, LCSW at 503-494-9244.
Date and Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, 1A & 1B, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239.
Contact: Katie Hennessy, LCSW, 503 494-9244.
Young Adult Group for Survivors (ages 21–40)
Facilitated by two experienced oncology social workers, this group is designed to meet the unique needs of cancer patients and survivors ages 21–40. It is co-sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Date and Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 6–7:30 p.m – except in December, when no formal meetings are held.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Paul Kirk Conference Center, Room 6. 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: Andrea Lehman, LCSW, 503 601-7642 or Sara Goodman, LCSW, 503 475-8880.
Breast Cancer Support Group
Education and support for women coping with diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast cancer.
Date and Time: 2nd and 4th Thursday, 4-5 pm
Location: Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center, Medical Office Bldg 3, 3rd Floor, Conference Room A.
Contact: Cathy Weeks, MSW, 503 601-7643 or Wendy Talbot, LCSW, 503 413-7279.
Support for the Supporter
A new support group for those who are close to a young adult with cancer (i.e. spouse, partner, close friend, roommate). Participants must be young adults between the ages of 21-45.
Date and Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: Center for Health and Healing, OHSU, 3303 SW Bond Ave, 3rd Floor, Paul Kirk Conference Center Room 6
Contact: Cathy Weeks, MSW 503-601-7643 or Andrea Lehman, LCSW 503-601-7642
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: Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 7th floor, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239.
Contact: Your nurse.
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, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239.
Contact: Your nurse coordinator at 503 494-5058.
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
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for People Healing from Cancer and their Caregivers
Each class will involve 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, MPH, RYT, 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 has previously taught MBSR at Duke University Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, and the University of Florida.
For more information, contact Susan Hedlund at 503 346-0285.
Date and time: 8-week sessions begin several times a year.
Location: OHSU Center for Health and Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239.
Fee: $75 (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 Healing From Cancer
Taught by a nationally certified yoga teacher and assisted by experienced oncology healthcare professionals.
Come join other women 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 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.
Date and time: Mondays, 5:45-7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Location: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239.
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Beaverton Hematology Oncology
Fee: 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 Monday or Wednesday class, dependent upon space available.
To register: Contact Susan Hedlund at 503 346-0285.
Writing groups for women and 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