Support Groups

Cancer Support Community Rochester’s (formerly Gilda’s Club Rochester) core values focus on collective wisdom through a community setting, access to psychosocial care, respect and inclusivity, and empowerment for all people affected by cancer. Our support groups bring together people with similar experiences to help cope, gain insightful firsthand knowledge, and to share feelings and emotions in a safe environment.

CSC’s support groups provide the opportunity to talk through your cancer journey with the support of a qualified mental health professional and others struggling though similar experiences as you. Whether you want to ask questions about side effects of treatments, express your concerns about balancing responsibilities at home or work with physical health, or just listen, our support groups are here for you.

Prostate Support Group

The prostate support group is targeted for men who are looking to gain knowledge and share stories about their diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and emotional impact through talking and listening to others with similar experiences. Roughly 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; you are not alone. Connecting with others may help you understand and cope with the challenges you face living with prostate cancer. With the help of a licensed facilitator, you can feel safe, supported, and guided while you listen to others’ experiences or share your own. This support group is offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Support Group

CSC’s breast cancer support group provides a forum for women and men to share their experiences living with or surviving breast cancer. A licensed facilitator guides the conversation as members connect through common fears, emotions, challenges, and overall journeys. This cancer support group is a safe space for patients to cope with their breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. This support group is offered the 2nd Monday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.

General Cancer Support Group

Studies show that social support can help mitigate the stress and fear brought on by cancer by helping patients emotionally adjust and positively improve their well-being. From diagnosis to survivorship, your cancer journey can be frightening and taxing. This support group for all types of cancer is here to bring relief, share concerns, and maybe even some joy with others going through similar experiences. A licensed facilitator will help guide the conversation as you learn to cope and respond to cancer’s challenges. This support group is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:30-2 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., respectively.

Family & Friends Support Group

Throughout a person’s cancer journey, friends, family, and caretakers often need support as well. This support group is made for friends and family. Here, they can safely share doubts, fears, challenges, frustrations, etc., under the guidance of a licensed facilitator. This support group is offered every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Under the guidance of a licensed facilitator, the multiple myeloma support group gives a space to understand this diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and survivorship. Share your story or listen to others as you learn that you are not alone in this journey. This support group is offered on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m.

Women of Color Networking Group

This networking group is committed to connecting women of color sharing similar cancer experiences. Here, you may find emotional support, an open space to relieve stress, or an opportunity to feel joy and understanding. This networking group is offered twice a month from 6-7:30 p.m.