Support Groups and Classes for Cancer

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Support Group

We offer a variety of support groups and classes to help you:

  • Connect with other patients and families coping with cancer.
  • Learn more about treatments such as chemotherapy.
  • Ease stress through yoga and mindfulness.

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Support and writing programs

There is no cost to participate in a support or writing group.

Men affected by prostate cancer can find counseling, emotional support, information and a chance to meet others. Participation is free, and people may join any time. Family members are welcome.

Groups begin with introductions and announcements. When speakers attend, they speak for about 45 minutes and then take questions. The last half-hour is saved for participant discussion.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month

Rood Family Pavilion Conference Center rooms B and C
3140 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

  • Entrance on ground level
  • Parking in Rood Family Pavilion garage, levels 3 and 4


  • Peter Bennett, LCSW, oncology social worker
  • Rachel Slottke, clinical research project coordinator, prostate cancer research
  • Justina Lynch, RN, nurse coordinator, prostate cancer clinic

Contact: Peter Bennett at 503-418-3544

This program connects prostate cancer patients by telephone with a volunteer, who may have had a similar experience, to listen and offer support. To be connected with a volunteer, call 503-494-4393.

OHSU and the American Cancer Society provide a free support group for adults with brain tumors. Caregivers are also welcome. Light refreshments are served.

You can talk with others facing similar challenges. In addition, medical and social work providers from OHSU and the American Cancer Society will present information on a variety of topics. They will also be available to answer questions on:

  • Physical and emotional issues
  • Treatment side effects
  • Coping strategies

When: 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month

American Cancer Society
0330 S.W. Curry Street
Portland, OR 97239

Register: Registration is required — email or call 503-494-5626.

Registration is required.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Fridays

Marquam Hill Campus
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions


Robertson Life Sciences Building
2730 S.W. Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Map and directions

Facilitator and contact: Ryan Voelker at

When: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays

Kohler Pavilion
Center for Women’s Health, seventh floor, Wilcox Conference Room
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR  97239
Map and directions

Facilitator and contact: Dawn Thompson at

This group is for people ages 15 to 39. Workshops use the Amherst Writers & Artists method to create a safe, relaxed, confidential and uplifting environment to connect with yourself and others through the written word. This is not a workshop where you will learn to write, but you do not need writing experience to participate.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Kohler Pavilion, 14th floor, Room 14000D
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
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Facilitator and contact: Brianna Barrett at

Patient education

The Infusing Knowledge class will help you and your family understand what to expect during chemotherapy and immunotherapy. It includes an overview of our nutrition services. Registration is required.

When: 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the  second and fourth Thursdays

Center for Health & Healing Building 1, seventh floor
3303 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR  97239
Map and directions

Contact: Ask your care team.

The Pre-Transplant Education Class is for patients and families preparing for an autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplant.

Multnomah Pavilion
Center for Hematologic Malignancies, second floor
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Contact: Your care team or 503-494-5058

Mindfulness and yoga classes

Adults healing from cancer, and their caregivers, are welcome to attend.

When: 10-11 a.m. every Thursday and Friday

Kohler Pavilion, 13th floor
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Cost: Free

Facilitator and contact: Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., C-IAYT, at 503-245-9642 or 

This course is based on a national model and decades of research showing mindfulness can help cancer patients reduce pain, fatigue and anxiety while improving sleep and quality of life. Classes include instruction, practice, group discussions and education. Participants receive a workbook and recordings for home practice. Adults healing from cancer, and their caregivers, are welcome to attend.

When: Eight-week sessions begin in January, March and September.

Legacy Good  Samaritan Medical Center
Women’s  Wellness Center Classroom, Building 2, lower level
1015 N.W. 22nd Ave.
Portland, OR  97210

Cost: $150 (reduced from $400 thanks to a generous  donation)

Facilitator and contact: Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., C-IAYT, at 503-245-9642 or

This class welcomes adults who are healing from cancer and who are at least six weeks post-surgery. Participants will find a supportive environment for gentle stretching, breathing exercises, strength building and deep relaxation with guided imagery. Signed registration and release forms (links below) are required.

When: 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays

OHSU School of Nursing, first floor yoga studio, Room 134
3455 S.W. U.S. Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239
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Cost: First year free; participants may pay a nominal fee after that.

Facilitator: Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., C-IAYT

Contact: Kimberly Carson, M.P.H., C-IAYT, at 503-245-9642 or

Registration and release forms: Please have these forms completed by your oncologist and sent to Kimberly Carson at

Patient advocacy

Prostate Cancer Patient Advocacy Group: This group of patients works to increase research and awareness across Oregon through fundraising and legislative and educational efforts. To get involved, call 503-494-4393.

Learn more

Call Caroline Macuiba, who supervises our adult oncology social work team, at 503-418-9758.

Read about our cancer social work services