Support Groups

Support Groups

Support Group Information

Facing the challenges of cancer can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and alone. A support group can help by providing a place to discuss your feelings, share information, and talk about coping with cancer. Online social support tools are another way to get support and stay in touch with friends, family, and other patients and caregivers.

Find a support group at:

SCCA Support Groups

All SCCA support groups are free and are facilitated by SCCA staff. Groups are open only to SCCA patients and their family members and caregivers. 

Living with Colorectal Cancer

A networking and sharing group, for patients, caregivers, families, and friends. Everyone is welcome, regardless of where care is received. One-on-one support is also available. Call (206) 778-3532 for any questions or information.
When: Second Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m.
Where: SCCA House

Support Group for Patients After Transplant

Peer support to transplant survivors in the Long-Term Follow-Up program, especially those who have experienced chronic post-transplant medical and resource issues. Caregivers are welcome.
When: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Room 23, 6th Floor, at the SCCA outpatient clinic.

Look Good Feel Better

For women and teens undergoing cancer treatment, this American Cancer Society program focuses on skin care, cosmetics, wigs, and head wraps. Patients will receive a complimentary makeover and cosmetic samples. Get more information.
When: Sessions are held quarterly. For information on upcoming class dates, please call the Resource Center at (206) 288-2081.
Where: Resource Center on the 3rd floor at the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union.

Kidney and Bladder Cancer Support

Join Julia and Art Chmura for presentations and discussions. Light refreshments are provided.
When: Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. every few months; contact juliachmura@comcast.net for more information
Where: SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

For women of all ages at high risk of breast or ovarian cancer. For information, contact  Krystin at krystint@facingourrisk.org or Tammy at tammyf@facingourrisk.org
When: Sundays Feb. 7, May 1, Aug. 7, Nov. 6 from 2-4 p.m.
Where: SCCA House. Come to the front door on Pontius and John St. Press #001 on the key pad to ring the doorbell and be allowed in.

FORCE Empowered Young Women’s Group 

For women under age 40 at high risk of breast or ovarian cancer. For information, contact or Krystin krystint@facingourrisk.org or Tammy at tammyf@facingourrisk.org
When: Fridays March 4, June 10, Sept. 16, Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1100 9th Ave., Buck Pavilion, 2nd Floor

ITP Support Group

Listen to speakers, get to know each other, share stories of your experience with low-blood platelets, exchange information, and plan future meetings and speakers. Contact Tammy Fassett at (206) 465-3451 or tcfassett@gmail.com.
When: The fourth Sunday in January, April, July, and October from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Conference Room 1 at the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union

More About Support 

SCCA social workers are a great source of support as well as referrals to support groups. They can be reached at (206) 288-1076 or socialw@seattlecca.org. More information about support groups also is available from the Patient & Family Resource Center at (206) 288-2081.

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Support at Seattle Children’s and UWMC

Support Groups for Children

See descriptions of our support groups for children with cancer, for parents or siblings of pediatric cancer patients, and for children of cancer patients. 

Another resource for children is Seattle Children’s Resource Line. This 24-hour service has an option for callers without a primary care provider to talk to a Seattle Children’s nurse. Call (206) 526-2500.

Brain Tumor Support Group

Share experiences and 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.
When: First Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: UW Medical Center’s Plaza Café, Rooms A and B

Support Services Outside SCCA

Cancer Pathways

Cancer Pathways, formerly known as Gilda's Club Seattle, offers support groups for both men and women. There are support groups for newly diagnosed patients, caregivers, bereavement and patients living with cancer for two or more years.  Free of charge and nonprofit, Cancer Pathways offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events in a homelike setting. Call (206) 709-1400 for more information or see a list of adult support groups as well as family support programs.

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

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.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) Seattle Support Group

MCC Seattle Support Group organizes an open discussion group for anyone (patients, spouses, family, and friends) touched by Merkel cell carcinoma. This is an informal opportunity to meet others coping with Merkel cell carcinoma, share stories and information, and provide support. If possible, please let Gregg Schimmel know you will be attending the support group at (425) 629-2520 or gtschimmel@gmail.com.
When: Every Tuesday, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Lunchbox Laboratory, restaurant located one block north of SCCA House at 1253 Thomas Street. Look for the table sign that says "MCC Support Group." 

Young Survival Coalition Support Group

This group offers support for women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40. For information, go to the Young Survival Coalition website.