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Support Groups & Services

Support Group InformationIf you have cancer, or are taking care of someone who does, you are facing challenges that may leave you feeling overwhelmed, frightened and alone. A support group can help. Support groups provide a place for cancer patients, family members and caregivers to discuss their feelings, share information and talk about coping with cancer.

All support groups at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) are free, and all groups are facilitated by SCCA staff. Groups are open only to SCCA patients and their family members and caregivers.

For additional help, the Social Work Department is in room G6-102 on the sixth floor of SCCA. Stop by or call (206) 288-1076. The department provides emotional and practical support throughout the treatment and recovery process. This includes providing counseling, steering patients and their families to community resources, and assisting with applying for various benefits, including health insurance and Social Security benefits.

Support Groups at SCCA

Long-Term Follow-Up Support Group
This support group is for patients who have undergone a transplant. The group meets in room 23 on the sixth floor of SCCA every Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group is facilitated by a nurse.

Smoking-Cessation Information and Support
Do you want to quit smoking, or have you been thinking about quitting smoking? Have you wondered what approach could help you reach your goal? Have you tried quitting in the past but ended up going back to smoking? Join us in the Patient & Family Resource Center library every third Tuesday at noon for a discussion of state-of-the-art quit-smoking strategies. Learn tips for creating a quit-smoking plan that works for you. Find out how to manage cravings and avoid slips. Determine whether a quit-smoking medication might help you. Talk with others about quitting in a supportive environment. The secret to quitting is not to give up trying: You can do it! For more information, please contact Donna Manders at (206) 288-7620.

More About Support Groups
For additional information about support groups, please contact a social worker by calling (206) 288-1076 or e-mailing socialw@seattlecca.org, or contact the Patient & Family Resource Center by calling (206) 288-2081 or e-mailing khanna@seattlecca.org.

Support at SCCA Parent Organizations

Support Groups for Children
Read about our support groups for children or for parents with a child who has cancer.

Seattle Children’s Resource Line
Call for free, confidential answers to your questions about children’s and teenagers’ health issues. This 24-hour service is staffed by Seattle Children's nurses. Call (206) 526-2500.

Brain Tumor Support Group
This group provides the opportunity to share experiences and to socialize with others in similar situations. A brain tumor patient/facilitator assists the group, provides information, and along with other members of the group answers questions about experiences with treatments, medications, available resources and other important issues. Guest speakers covering a variety of subjects are frequent participants. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, in University of Washington Medical Center Plaza Café rooms A and B.

Family Resource Center at Seattle Childrens 
This center is a place for parents to relax, read and learn. The center is staffed daily and offers information on a variety of children’s health issues, parenting, nutrition and community resources. Other services include computer workstations, seated massage and a chapel. Call (206) 985-2201 to contact the resource center, or for more information about hours and services, call (206) 985-2000 and select option 3.

Support Services Outside SCCA

Gildas Club Seattle
Gilda’s Club provides meeting places where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build emotional, social and educational support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, they offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting. See a list of support groups at Gilda’s Club Seattle.

Crisis Clinic
The Crisis Clinic offers 24-hour telephone support for people who are in crisis, as well as referrals to community resources. Call (206) 461-3222 (voice and TDD).

Cancer Lifeline
In Seattle, Cancer Lifeline’s Support Groups work to meet the needs of patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends. See a list of support groups at Cancer Lifeline.

Young Survival Coalition Support Group
This group offers support for women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40. For information, contact Polly Halpern, regional coordinator, at pollyhalpern@yahoo.com. Learn more about Young Survival Coalition.

The Gathering Place
The Gathering Place is a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families touched by cancer through programs and services provided free of charge.