Support Groups & Counseling

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Over the last 25 years, there has been extensive research on the positive effects of support groups as a method of living with cancer, improving quality of life, and, in some studies, even increasing survival. Research at the Cancer Support Community has shown that support groups help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control, and loss of hope. People who participate in support groups report significant decreases in depression, increased zest for life, and a new attitude toward their illness.

A support group can become a lifeline to information, support and encouragement through good times and bad. Support groups at CSCLA are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in a caring and uplifting environment.

**All support groups are currently meeting online via Zoom due to Covid-19**

Networking Groups

Join a Networking Group to gain valuable support from others, reduce distress associated with a cancer diagnosis, share treatment and side-effect information, learn ways to improve quality of life, and enhance communication with family, friends, and medical team.  

Bereavement Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Blood Cancer* First & Third Wednesday of Each Month, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Brain Tumor* First & Third Monday of Each Month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Breast Cancer Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Metastatic Breast Cancer Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Gynecologic Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Living Alone with Cancer Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Post-Treatment Support Group Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Prostate Cancer Second Monday of Each Month, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Time to Talk Mondays, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Writing Group** Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Young Adults Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

* Patients & Caregivers welcome      ** Patients, Caregivers, and Bereaved welcome

People Living with Cancer Groups
Our People Living with Cancer Groups are for individuals in current treatment to gain valuable support from others, reduce distress associated with a cancer diagnosis, share treatment and side-effect information, learn ways to improve quality of life, and enhance communication with family, friends, and medical team. People with any type or stage of cancer are welcome. Group members are encouraged to attend regularly. 

Monday 11:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00pm
Thursday
11:00am – 1:00pm 

Caregiver Groups  

Caregiver groups are for care-partners, friends, spouses and family members of someone with cancer. Join similarly situated individuals to gain valuable support from others, reduce distress associated with caring for a loved one with cancer, learn ways to improve quality of life, and enhance communication with family, friends, and medical team. Group members are encouraged to attend regularly. 

Wednesday  6:00 – 8:00pm
Thursday (Metastatic-Only) 
4:00 – 6:00pm
Thursday 
6:00 – 8:00pm

Satellite Groups

CSCLA is proud to partner with healthcare champions in our HEART* initiative across Los Angeles County.  Join a support group at one of CSCLA’s satellite locations or online. 

Gay Men’s Prostate Cancer Support Group with Los Angeles LGBT Center 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of Each Month, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

LGBT+ Senior Cancer Support Group with Los Angeles LGBT Center Fridays, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Patient & Caregiver Support Group with Providence Saint John’s Health Center Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Patient & Caregiver Support Group at Village Health Foundation Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Spanish Speaking Support

Breast Cancer Support Group with Adventist Health White Memorial  Tuesdays / Martes, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Networking Group 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:00pm 

Patient & Caregiver Support Group with Adventist Health White Memorial  Mondays / Lunes, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Korean Speaking Support

Community Social with Angelus Plaza Senior Activity Center 2nd & 4th Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Counseling

Short-term therapy is available for individuals, couples, or families to address cancer-related concerns. Private therapy sessions can promote a sense of control through problem-solving and empowerment, decrease feelings of isolation, help navigate the numerous transitions that are faced by people impacted by a diagnosis of cancer, and improve a person’s quality of life.

*HEART: Healing Equitably (through) Action, Resilience, & Teamwork represents a conscious change in our culture to reorient ourselves and our services towards under-resourced populations in Los Angeles so we can learn how to best serve patients and families in these communities.  CSCLA has been working on outreach to these communities for many years, but we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done; the HEART initiative is our strategy to be more purposeful in our outreach and collaborations.  

For a full list of our HEART initiative partners and to learn more about HEART click here.