You’ll find that CSC-MSS provides a comfortable, non-clinical setting, in which to participate in our programs. Our support groups are facilitated by licensed professionals who have experience working with people who have a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers. Typically our groups have from 8 to a maximum of 12 members.
Ongoing Group Support Programs at the Cancer Support Community
PARTICIPANT SUPPORT GROUPS
For people with a cancer diagnosis who are at any point in their cancer journey, from newly diagnosed to post-treatment. Weekly 2 hour groups, commitment required. Pre-screening required. Call to set-up screening. Wednesdays 10:30 am -12:30pm or Thursdays 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
On-going weekly support group for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Can be newly diagnosed, in treatment or post-treatment. This 2 hour group meets on Mondays from 9:30-11:30am. Pre-screening is required.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Twice monthly drop-in group open to all who care for or about someone with cancer. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 6:00 - 8:00 pm
MEN'S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Twice monthly drop-in group open to men with any cancer diagnosis. Can be newly diagnosed, in treatment or post-treatment. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
MELANOMA SUPPORT GROUP
Drop-in monthly group open to anyone diagnosed with melanoma. Facilitated by Frank McCaffrey, LICSW, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who has extensive experience working with people who have a melanoma diagnosis. Thank you to the Melanoma Foundation of New England for supporting this program. Meets 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
KID SUPPORT PROGRAM
Ten week program for children 6-16 years of age who have a parent or grandparent who has been diagnosed with cancer. Sessions focus on age-appropriate education about cancer and its treatment, the emotional impact that cancer can have on individuals and the family and offers children the opportunity to meet and interact with others who are going through a similar experience. Sessions involve discussion, activities, presentations, food and fun. Parents and/or grandparents meetings are also part of the program. This program takes place once or twice a year – as needed. Pre-screening with program facilitator is required. Call for more information and to find out about the availability of this program.
Stress Reduction and Healthy Living Programs
Gentle Yoga class for people who are diagnosed with cancer and their families or caregivers that focuses on simple yoga poses to increase strength, flexibility and improve overall mood. Simple breathing exercises and meditations will be taught to reduce anxiety, stress and improve sleep. This class is drop-in but please call 781- 610-1490 before attending first class."Cancer steals your breath, yoga gives it back"- Meets the second and fourth Fridays from 10 to 11:30 am and the first and third Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 pm.
Check our calendar for additional Chair, Laughter and Restorative Yoga programs which take place periodically.
Drop-in group for people with cancer and their families and caregivers. Focused on stretching, balancing and meditation techniques with attention paid to physical realities of those involved with cancer treatments or in post-treatment phase. Meets the first and third Tuesdays 10:00 -11:00 am.
EXPRESSIVE ARTS, MEDITATION AND HEALTHY STEPS
These programs are offered at various times during the year as part of our stress-reduction and healthy living program line-up. Our goal is to provide a variety of programs which will offer our participants useful options with regard to stress-reduction and a healthy approach to life – all with the goal of helping to create the best quality of life possible throughout their and their caregiver’s cancer journey. Check our monthly calendar or call to get more information about the availability of these programs.
Other Periodic Programs
WORKSHOPS AND CANCER RELATED PRESENTATIONS
Throughout the year we offer various workshops and presentations that focus on cancer related topics. Typically they run for 1.5 to 2 hours in the evening or on a weekend and might involve an author presenting his or her work, experts in the field of nutrition, meditation, survivorship, cancer care, caregiving, integrative therapies or other areas/topics pertinent to people who have been impacted by cancer. Check the calendar or call to find out about upcoming presentations.
LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER
A free program offered by the American Cancer Society that teaches beauty techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. Trained cosmetologists will assist with skin care, make up, hair styling with wigs and accessories. Held periodically at CSC-MSS. Call to get information about next session.