Support Groups

Cancer center-based, support group-programs for the children whose parents have cancer:

For your use, we've compiled a list of cancer treatment sites that provide ongoing, professional support groups for the children whose parents have cancer. These are cancer centers with which we have had personal contact. The omission of other credible support programs is simply because they have not come to our attention. If you know of other such programs, please let us know about them. 

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a cancer center that provides the CLIMB® children’s group-support program.

    • Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Chandler*
    • Cancer Center of Chandler, Chandler*
    • Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa*  
    • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, Glendale
    • Tu Nidito, Tucson
    • Baxter Regional Medical Center, Mountain View*
    • HOPE Cancer Resources, Springdale*
    • City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte*
    • Stanford University Cancer Center, Stanford*
    • The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice Foundation, Escondido*
    • Kaiser Permanente, Watts Counseling & Learning Center, Los Angeles
    • The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona
    • Kaiser Permanente, Fresno*
    • El Camino Hospital Cancer Center, Mountain View*
    • Emanuel Cancer Center, Turlock
    • Dorcy Cancer Center, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo*
    • University of Colorado Cancer Center, Denver*
    • Porter Adventist Hospital Cancer Care Center, Denver
    • McKee Bannner Health Medical Center,  Loveland*
    • University of Colorado Health-Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs*
    • Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford*
    • Ann's Place, The Home of I Can, Danbury*
    • Lynn Cancer Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton*
    • Sacred Heart Cancer Center, Pensacola*
    • St. Vincent's Healthcare, Jacksonville
    • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa
    • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Univ. of Miami, Miami
    • Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, Altamonte Springs
    • Hope House Wellness Center, Snellville*
    • Emory Winship Cancer Institute, Atlanta*
    • Georgia Cancer Specialists, Atlanta*
    • Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center, Valdosta*
    • Nancy N. and J.C., Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, Savannah*
    • The Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu*
    • Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center, Boise*
    • Cancer Care Center, Boise
    • Saint Alphonsus Cancer Care Center, Nampa*
    • Wellness House, Hinsdale
    • Indiana University  Cancer Center, Indianapolis
    • Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis
    • St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids*
    • June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Sioux City*
    • Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence*
    • Christus Health, Pineville*
    • CancerService, Baton Rouge *
    • Christus Cabrini Cancer Center, Alexandria*
    • The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, Lewiston*
    • Wellness House, Annapolis*
    • Univ. of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Systems,  Bel Air*
    • Saint Agnes Cancer Institute, Baltimore*
    • Baystate Medical Center, Springfield*
    • Lowell General Hospital, Lowell
    • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Petoskey*
    • Coborn Cancer Center, St. Cloud*
    • Facing Cancer Together ( the Angel Foundation ), Bloomington
    • Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis
    • Billings Clinic Cancer Center, Billings *
    • Saint Joseph Hospital Oncology Center, Nashua*
    • Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island *
    • NYU Hospital, New York City *
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City *
    • Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook
    • Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx *
    • Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City *
    • Presbyterian Hospital, Buddy Kemp Caring House, Charlotte*
    • Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC), Hickory*
    • Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory*
    • Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem*
    • Duke Cancer Support Program, Durham
    • Rex Cancer Center, Raleigh
    • Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte*
    • MetroHealth Cancer Care Center, Cleveland*
    • OhioHealth, Columbus
    • The Ohio State University, James Cancer Hospital, Columbus
    • Cancer Family Care, Cincinnati
    • Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Reg. Med. Ctr., Tulsa*
    • Providence Cancer Center, Portland
    • Samaritan Cancer Resource Center, Albany*
    • Mount Nittany Middle School, State College*
    • Penn State Hershey Breast Center, Hershey*
    • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia*
    • The Regional Cancer Center, Erie*
    • Gettysburg Hospital Cancer Center, Gettysburg
    • Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia*
    • Our Clubhouse, Pittsburgh*
    • PinnacleHealth Cancer Center, Harrisburg*
    • Women & Infants Hospital, Providence*
    • Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia
    • Avera Cancer Institute, Sioux Falls*
    • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Cancer Center, Yankton*
    • Erlanger Cancer Center, Chattanooga*
    • Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville*
    • LBJ General Hospital, Houston*
    • M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston*
    • UMC Southwest Cancer Treatment & Research Center, Lubbock*
    • Wonders & Worries, Austin
    • Huntsman Cancer Institute/Cancer Wellness House, Salt Lake City *
    • Rutland Regional Medical Center, Community Cancer Center, Rutland*
    • Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, Walla Walla*
    • Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton
    • CancerLifeline, Seattle
    • EvergreenHealth, Kirkland*
    • Swedish Cancer Institute, Seattle*
    • George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, Washington, DC
    • Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, Appleton*
    • Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care, Eau Claire*
    • Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center, Marshfield*
    • Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center, Rice Lake*
    • Stillwaters Cancer Support Services, Waukeska*


    • Australia----Manning Hospital, Taree*
    • Japan----Tokyo Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo*
      • -- National Cancer Center, Tokyo*
      • -- Aichi Cancer Center, Chikusa-ku Nagoya*
      • -- Sagara Hospital, Kagoshima*
      • -- Jichi Medical University Hospital, Tochigi-ken*
      • -- Kelo University Hospital. Tokyo*
      • -- Kichijoji Breast Clinic, Tokyo*
      • -- National Cancer Center Hospital East, Chiba*
    • Ireland---- Tuam Cancer Care Centre, Tuam, Galway*
      • -- Cork Arc Cancer Support, Cork*
      • -- Cuan Cottehill & Cavan Centre Social Support Group, Cuan*
      • -- Arc Dublin South, Dublin*
      • -- ARc Dublin North, Dublin*
      • -- Hand in Hand Children's Cancer Charity, Galway*
      • -- ist Carlow Cancer Support Centre, Eist*
      • -- Portlaoise Cuisle Cancer Care, Portlaoise*
    • Northern Ireland--- Craigavon Area Hospital, Portadown*
      • --Ulster Cancer Foundation, Belfast*
    • Taiwan--- National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan*
    • China--- Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Hong Kong*
    • Canada--- Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario*

National Support Organizations: 

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) is the only multidisciplinary professional society in the United States dedicated to evidence-based research, treatment and practice of psychosocial oncology. APOS is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of psychosocial care and striving to ensure that all people with cancer have access to psychosocial services as a part of quality cancer care. 

The Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) is an international organization created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology, and by existing national cancer organizations, whose mission is to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through networking, education, advocacy research and resource development.

Cancer Care, Inc. (CCI) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.

Cancer Support Community (formerly Gilda’s Club and the Wellness Community). Its vision is that no one should face cancer alone. CSC provides support, education and hope to anyone impacted by cancer, either their own or that of a loved one, face-to-face at its 50 sites across North America, online or over the phone.

Camp Kesem ("magic") provides a network of free summer camps, fueled by college student volunteers, for children affected by a parent's cancer. Started in 2000 at Stanford University, Camp Kesem has expanded to 50+ college chapters across the country, where thousands of college students work year-round to provide life-changing experiences to children age 6-16. For a full listing of chapter locations, please visit www.campkesem.org.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org)
The Meso Foundation (formerly MARF) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by it, by funding research, providing education and support for patients and their families, and by advocating for federal funding of mesothelioma research.

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