Support Groups for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

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 on the first floor of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine unless otherwise noted.

Check out the events calendar to view specific support group dates, times and locations.

Support Groups, Classes and Workshops

All Cancer Support Group. This group is for patients and families coping with any kind of cancer at any point in the cancer journeyPlease call 215-615-0534 for more information.

Amyloidosis Support Group. This group, held twice per year, is for patients and families coping with amyloidosis. Register and find out more here, or call Peg Rummel at 215-614-0651.

Brain Tumor Support Group. To learn more about this group or 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. It offers education and peer support to enhance coping with your breast cancer diagnosis. Interested patients should contact 215-614-0651.

Caring for the Caregiver. This program is for caregivers and loved ones of those with cancer to share concerns and coping strategies. It is led by a chaplain and psychologist at Pennsylvania Hospital. Topics include:

  • 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. To register or find out more, please call 215-614-1863.

Esophagectomy Support Group (Ravdin 6). The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 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. Call 215-662-3878 to register or learn more.

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. Pre-registration for this free program is required; please call 215-614-0651.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group. To register or learn more about this support group, call 215-662-6123 or email

Holistic Living Challenge. This support group is offered twice per year at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Living Meaningfully with Cancer. This support group is facilitated by chaplain and social worker at Pennsylvania Hospital. It is a great opportunity to meet with other patients, gain support and learn strategies for coping. 

Living with Loss. This is a monthly meeting for families who need support.

Look Good, Feel Better. Provided in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the Look Good, Feel Better group provides beauty techniques, support, courage and community to help face the challenge of a lifetime. In particular, the workshop teaches women that are in chemotherapy and radiation beauty techniques to combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. To register, please call the American Cancer Society National Call Center at 800-227-2345.

Prostate Cancer Support Group. To register for the Prostate Cancer Support Group, please call 215-349-8183.

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

Young Adult Cancer Support Group. This is a group for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, ages 18 to 40.  It meets at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse ("Graduate Hospital”). RSVP is required; please call 215-614-0651.

Walkabout: Looking In, Looking Out. Walkabout is a special survivorship program at Pennsylvania Hospital that teaches different approaches, which have been proven successful in decreasing distress, including physical pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and worried thinking that disturbs sleep, work and play. Offered quarterly as an eight-week program, this innovative wellness focused program open to caregivers and patients in any stage of their cancer journey. 

Women’s Cancer Support Group. This suport group is for women facing cancer and their families. For more information please call 215-614-0651. 

Nutrition Classes

Build Yourself a Healthy Diet. For class dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.

Nutrition and Diet for Breast Cancer. For class dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.

Nutrition and Diet for Prostate Cancer. For dates and to register, call 215-614-0651.