Local Cancer Support Groups
Cancer Lifeline offers a wide range of programs, support groups, classes, activities and presentations aimed at optimizing the quality of life for cancer patients and cancer survivors and their families. Please note: support group times and locations can change so please call or visit Cancer Lifeline for the most up-to-date information.
All services are free of charge. Just a few examples of their many services include:
- Defining your cancer survivorship program
- When a parent has cancer
- Men's groups
- Artistic expression
- Caregiver support
- Alternative medicine
Cancer Lifeline is located at 6522 Fremont Ave N. in Seattle and provides services throughout the Puget Sound region. For more information on local resources, please call Cancer Lifeline at (206) 297-2500 or toll-free (800) 255-5505 or visit www.cancerlifeline.org.
Livestrong at the YMCA
Aiming to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery, the Livestrong at the YMCA program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. This 12-week program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease participants back into fitness and help maintain a healthy weight. Participants also learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.
The YMCA understands that participants experience cancer in different ways and come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. Livestrong provides individualized attention and an approach to recovery that focuses on physical activities tailored to each participant’s comfort and ability. Just as important is the warm spirit of community that shares stores and inspiration, and builds companionship with others affected by cancer.
The YMCA – Seattle is located at 909 Fourth Ave, with another 14 other locations in the Puget Sound area. For more information, call (206) 344-3181.
Gilda's ClubGilda's Club Seattle provides a warm meeting place where men, women and children living with cancer, along with their families, partners and friends, join with others to build social and emotional support.
A non-profit organization that provides services free of charge, Gilda's Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, home-like setting. Examples include:
- Wellness group
- Pilates and yoga
- Time for tots
- Music Mondays
- Potluck brunches
- Thursday lectures
Gilda's Club is located at 1400 Broadway in Seattle. For more information and a calendar of events, please call Gilda's Club at (206) 709-1400 or visit Gilda's Club.
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), Seattle Chapter
The Seattle Chapter of SPOHNC meets every third Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., at Swedish Medical Center, First Hill Campus, 1 East Conference Room. This group offers support and information for patients, survivors, and their friends and families. There is no charge to attend these meetings. For more information, call (206) 341-1720 or Joanne Fenn, SLP at (206) 215-1770.
Team Survivor Northwest provides a broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level, to take an active role in their ongoing physical and emotional healing.
Team Survivor Northwest is a fantastic group of supportive women bound by the common experience of a cancer diagnosis and an interest in living fit, healthy and active lifestyles. Their members are women who take proactive steps to improve their health and quality of life.
No matter what your health status or fitness level, Team Survivor Northwest can provide the support you need to succeed. For more information, please call (206) 732-8350 or visit Team Survivor NW.