Support Groups

Support Groups, Classes, Workshops and Events

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups to help you and your family. Led by trained professionals, these groups offer emotional support, education, an opportunity to learn ways of coping with uncertainty and change, and a chance to meet others who face similar issues. All programs will be held in the Patient and Family Services conference room, First Floor, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine unless otherwise noted.

All Cancer Support Group. This group is for patients and families coping with any kind of cancer at any point in the cancer journey. Group will be held the first Tuesday of each month from 3-4 p.m. beginning January 2015.  Please call for more information 215-615-0534.

Amyloidosis Support Group. This group is for patients and families coping with amyloidosis. This group is held twice per year.  The next group is November 7, 2015.   To register, please visit or call Peg Rummel at 215-614-0651.

Brain Tumor Support Group. This group will be held on the second Wednesday of the month except August from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Silverstein Conference Room, 3rd, floor.  To register, call 215-615-5240.

Breast Cancer Support Group. This group provides an opportunity to network with other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This group offers education and peer support to enhance coping with your breast cancer diagnosis. This group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., in the Patient and Family Services Conference Room, 1st Floor West Pavilion, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. No RSVP required. Interested patients should contact us at 215-614-0651.

Caring for the Caregiver. A group for caregivers and loved ones of those with cancer will be held weekly on Tuesdays. This program is facilitated by a chaplain and psychologist. Meet with other caregivers and share concerns and coping strategies. Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, 1st floor conf room, ACC-Pennsylvania Hospital.

  • Thriving in the midst of cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • How cancer affects the whole family
  • Communication during the cancer journey
  • Family life after cancer

Chemotherapy Treatment Orientation.  This class prepares patients with gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, melanoma or brain tumors and their caregivers for chemotherapy treatment, and reviews supportive services available both at Abramson Cancer Center and in the community. Here, you will meet important members of your team including those from nursing, social work, nurse navigation, nutrition and others. This is a time for you and your caregiver to ask questions and gain a better understanding of what to expect during treatment and the services available to support you along the way.

Classes are held the second Friday of each month 9-11 a.m. and the last Wednesday of the month 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To register, please call 215-614-1863.

Esophagectomy Support Group (Ravdin 6). HUP proudly supports patients who have undergone an esophagectomy. The group was created by the nurses of the thoracic surgery department with the mission to be a source of information and support for patients and their families as they navigate the recovery process. This group will meet in the main hospital. Call 215-662-3878 for registration.

Hematology Oncology Support Group. This group is for patients, families, and friends of patients living with a hematology (blood cancer) diagnosis. The purpose of this group is to have a safe space to discuss emotional concerns, challenges, triumphs, resources, and coping. The group will meet on the second Thursday of the month from 2-3 p.m. Pre-registration for this free program is required. Please call 215-614-0651.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group. This group will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:45-11:15 a.m. To register, call 215-662-6123 or email:

Holistic Living Challenge. Offered twice per year, in the spring and fall. Current session Tuesdays Oct. 20 – Dec. 1, 2-4 pm, first floor conference room, ACC-PAH.

Living Meaningfully with Cancer. Cancer support group meets weekly, facilitated by chaplain and social worker, opportunity to meet with other patients, gain support and gain strategies for coping. Mondays, 3-4 pm, 1st floor conference room ACC-Pennsylvania Hospital.

Living with Loss. Monthly meetings for families who need support.

Look Good, Feel Better: A Day of Beauty. Provided in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Receive the beauty techniques, support, courage and community to help face the challenge of a lifetime. Held quarterly.

Prostate Cancer Support Group. Held on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., except August. To register, please call 215-349-8183.

Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group. A monthly support and education group for patients with sickle cell anemia.

Young Adult Cancer Support Group.  A group for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer ages 18-40.  Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1800 South Street (Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse-“Graduate Hospital”).  RSVP required, please call 215-614-0651.

Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out. A special survivorship program that mixes approaches which have proven successful in decreasing distress including physical pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and worried thinking that disturbs sleep, work and play. Offered quarterly as an 8 week program, this innovative wellness focused program open to persons in any stage of their journey with cancer and their care partners. Walkabout combines slow mindful walking outside with digital photography and collage making over 8 sessions. Current session 9/30 – 11/18, 4:30 – 7 pm Wednesdays, second floor conference room, ACC-Pennsylvania Hospital.

Women’s Cancer Support Group. For women facing cancer and their families, will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from 12:00-1:30 pm. For more information please call 215-614-0651. 

Look Good…Feel Better. An American Cancer Society sponsored workshop teaching women in active cancer treatment beauty techniques to combat appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy will be held on the following Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

  • January 12
  • March 9
  • May 4
  • July 13
  • September 14
  • November 9

To register, please call the American Cancer Society National Call Center at 800-227-2345.

Nutrition Classes

Build Yourself a Healthy Diet this class will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. For dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.

Nutrition and Diet for Breast Cancer class will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
For dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.

Nutrition and Diet for Prostate Cancer class will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. For dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.