Support Groups

Support can help improve quality of life for those dealing with cancer. Consider checking out the listed in-person and online support groups, as other survivors are often the people who best understand what you are going through and can provide good advice. There are also groups of survivors that exercise together to form connections and provide support.

Local Resources


American Cancer Society in Birmingham

Located in Birmingham, the American Cancer Society has programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. And best of all, our help is free. We are located at 1100 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205.

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/app/resource-search.aspx?search=1&zip=&city=Birmingham&state=1&Keyword=&programType=&submit=+&all=1

American Cancer Society in Huntsville

The American Cancer Society has programs and services to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need. And best of all, our help is free. We are located at 2745 Bob Wallace Ave Ste A, Huntsville, AL 35805.

https://www.facebook.com/ACS.Huntsville

Art Therapy at St. Vincent's Bruno Cancer Center

Located in Birmingham, this is a free program open to all cancer patients and survivors. We are currently meeting on the third Thursday of every month between 9:30 am-1:30 pm for art, friendship and general support. BYO supplies or some free supplies are available on site. All skill levels are welcome.

https://www.stvhs.com/birmingham/brunocancercenter.asp

205-939-7884


Bosom Buddies (Decatur)

Located in Decatur AL, support group for women affected by breast cancer, this group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Decatur Morgan Hospital. Morgan Room A&B.

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/decatur-support-groups

Bosom Buddies (Huntsville)

Located in Huntsville, Breast cancer survivors meet the 4th Tuesday each month at 6 p.m. in the East Room at Clearview Cancer Institute (3rd Floor, Russel Hill location).

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/decatur-support-groups

Bosom Buddies Newsletter

Located in Huntsville, a monthly newsletter that includes all information regarding meeting times and locations, and information on happenings in the area related to Cancer Survivorship.

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/decatur-support-groups

Breast Cancer Survivor Meetings at Brookwood Baptist

Located in Birmingham, offered at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Monthly support group meetings for breast cancer survivors. Classes are held 2nd Friday 12 - 1 pm, lunch is served. For more information, contact Marsha Newton 205-783-7936.

https://www.brookwoodbaptisthealth.com/contact/classes-events

205-783-7936


Breast Friends Breast Cancer Support Group provided by Providence Hospital

Located in Mobile, Providence Hospital offers a Breast Cancer Support Group comprised of breast cancer survivors and hospital staff. Support is provided through education, physical presence, participation in survivor events, community outreach and fund raising efforts.

http://www.providencehospital.org

Camp Bluebird

Camp Bluebird offers a unique experience for adult cancer patients. Sponsored by Providence Hospital and the Telephone Pioneers, Camp Bluebird offers recreation, relaxation, crafts and activities, non-denominational worship services and the opportunity to openly discuss the experiences and emotions associated with cancer with other survivors. Held on the second Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in October.

http://www.providencehospitalfoundation.org/camp_bluebird.php

Camp New Hope

Located in Birmingham, for children who are dealing with a family member’s cancer diagnosis. Camp is held twice a year (Spring and Winter) from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For information, write Judy Ault, Foundation Coordinator, P.O. Box 660833, Birmingham, AL 35266-0833.

http://campnewhopeillinois.org/

205-877-2225


Cancer Support Group (DeKalb County)

Located in Henagar, this group meets the 2nd Monday, every other month, at 6:00 p.m. at the Stamp Baptist Church in Henagar.

(256) 536-1855


Cancer Support Group (Hartselle)

Located in Hartselle, this group meets at 6:00 p.m. on the 1st Monday of the month at Midway Manor Apartment Community Building #7, 708 Midway Street, in Hartselle.

(256) 536-1855


Cancer Support Group (Jackson County)

Located in Scottsboro, this group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin (23980 John T. Reid Parkway) in Scottsboro. It is open to all cancer survivors and their family members.

(256) 536-1855


CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group

Located in Birmingham, this program offers two support meetings a month: the third Sunday afternoon and the 3rd Friday at lunchtime of each month. The Sunday meeting has a separate meeting room for caregivers to share. Details about these meetings can be found on their website. CanSurvive is now a program of the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation.

http://www.cansurvivesupportgroup.org/

Caregivers Support Group

Located in Huntsville, meets every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Center in Huntsville.

(256) 650-1212


CAYAC (Clearview Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program)

Located in Huntsville through Clearview Cancer Institute, CAYAC is a support group for young cancer survivors between the ages of 18-35. More information about meeting times and locations can be found at the link provided, as well as additional support groups in the Huntsville area.

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/huntsville-support-groups

Christian Cancer Support

Located in Huntsville: Cancer survivors and their families meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm in the Community Room at Clearview Cancer Institute (2nd Floor, Russel Hill location).P rovides a warm and loving environment to all that attend. For more information, call (256) 539-8044 or email ccsg.hsv@gmail.com

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/huntsville-support-groups

ccsg.hsv@gmail.com

(256) 539-8044


Circle of Friends

Located in Guntersville, this fun and energetic group of woman learn about cancer and healthy lifestyles. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Bakers on Main Cafe 336 in Guntersville. It is open to all female cancer survivors.

(256) 327-5602


Ewe R Blessed Ministries

Located in Birmingham, Ewe R Blessed Ministries is a ministry focused on reassurance and comfort especially to those facing a crisis such as cancer. We need to be reminded that we are still blessed by the touch of God through life’s adversities. Like sheep, we must depend upon the Lord our Shepherd.

http://www.confrontingcancerwithfaith.com/

Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center

Located in the greater Birmingham area,Forge was created as a place where everyone who is touched by breast cancer can have a place to find strength through knowledge, support and encouragement. For a calendar of support activities, visit https://forgeon.org/news-events/#community Forge offers gardening class at 10:00 AM on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Birmingham Botanical Garden, as well as several other activities and events for survivors throughout each week of the month. For more info visit forgeon.org, Held on the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM at the Carl Elliott Regional Library, 98 18th St E, Jasper, AL 35501. For more information call 205-401-7559. Forge also hosts support group located in Blount County: held on the second Thursday of each month. info@forgeon.org or by phone at 205-838-6158

https://forgeon.org

info@forgeon.org

205-838-6158


Hooks for Hope

Located in Huntsville: Join Us! Patients & Caregivers, whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced crocheter join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for socializing & stitching. We will be crocheting hats stitched with love & hope for our patients. We meet Monthly 2nd Wednesdays, September through May from 10:00-11:00am in Clearview's East Room.

https://www.facebook.com/HooksofHope

I'm 2 Young 4 Breast Cancer Support Group

Located in Dothan, Breast Cancer Support Group meets 3rd Tuesday each month 6:00-7:30 pm. Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Women's Center, third floor. Call Ladonna Danford, RN, Breast Health Navigator.

http://www.samc.org/index.php/patient-visitor-information/support-groups

Ladies’ Lunch

Located in Huntsville, intended for all female cancer survivors, meetings are all at local restaurants to fellowship and share. This group meets on the first Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Those survivors who do not want to come alone are welcome to bring a female friend.

(256) 341-2393


LIFE

Located in Albertville, L.I.F.E. is a support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers that is focused on positive outcomes, getting better, staying well and enjoying life. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Each meeting includes a program and speaker that address a variety of issues related to cancer. For more information or to register, please call 256-571-8000 or 256-753-8000 for Arab area residents.

https://www.mmcenters.com/services/oncology/life-support-group

Lisa Cohen Grief and Loss Support Group

Located in Huntsville through Lisa Cohen,The Grief Recovery Method is an action program for moving beyond death, divorce, and other losses including health, career, and faith. Sessions are $30-$50 and are held at Empower Behavioral Health. For more information call 256-333-4892

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/groups/grief-and-loss-group-huntsville-al/96456

256-333-4892


Mitchell Cancer Institute Support Groups

Located in Mobile, Monroe and Baldwin County. MCI Community Classroom (Lunch & Learn) - Interactive support for patients, family and friends impacted by cancer. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon at MCI in the second floor Multipurpose room. For more information, please call 251-445-9647. Breast Friends Forever (BFF) - emotional and psychological support to breast cancer survivors. BFF meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of MCI in the Multipurpose Room. For more information, contact Darlene Chavers at 251-631-3989.

http://www.usahealthsystem.com/supportgroupspatietnsandfamilies

New Beginnings

Located in Birmingham, a support program available to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families. When: 2nd Tuesday of the month Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Lunch provided) Where: The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, 5th Floor Conference Room Contact: Kasi Riley

http://www3.ccc.uab.edu/cancer-center-support-groups/

(205) 801-7907


New Light Support Group

Located in Birmingham, UAB Medical Oncologist, Dr. Andres Forero, created the New Light support group. It was originally created for patients with triple negative breast cancer. It is now open to all breast cancer survivors and their family members. There are 4 quarterly meetings that take place on the weekends. The meetings include patient education from treatment experts and interactive activities, in a nurturing environment at no cost.

http://www3.ccc.uab.edu/index.php/new-light/

Partner’s Meal

Located in Huntsville, includes husbands/significant others in the “support network.” The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. on the Thursday after the Bosom Buddies meeting at an area restaurant.

(256) 341-2393


Partners in Pink

Located in Athens, Partners in Pink is a non-profit organization helping women in Athens AL who are fighters and survivors of breast cancer. We ENCOURAGE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER those affected by breast cancer.

(256) 206-6052


Pink Ladies

Located in Scottsboro: Provides support, encouragement, and education for breast cancer survivors. This fun group of women meet the 2nd Thursday of the month. Locations and times change, please call for more information (256) 574-2883.

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/surrounding-area-support-groups

(256) 574-2883


Pink Pearls

Located in Mobile: Join the PINK PEARLS! First Thursday of each month. Connect with others affected by breast cancer. Support group participants are encouraged to share experiences and guide one another. This is an opportunity to ask questions and listen to experts speaking on a variety of breast cancer-related topics. Whether you or your loved one are high risk, recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment or in survivorship, we provide vital information for each stage. We hope to see you there! For more information, call 251-435-CARE (2273).

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Infirmarycancercare/events/?ref=page_internal

251-435-2273


Pink Topps

Located in Birmingham, our mission is to operate a nonprofit organization focusing on early detection breast cancer for women and men under 35. We offer overall breast health education, well-being, and support through advocacy awareness. Early detection is the key to winning the fight against breast cancer.

http://www.pinktopps.org/

Providence "Breast" Friends Volunteer Breast Cancer Survivors Group

Located in Mobile, Providence Hospital “Breast” Friends Volunteer Breast Cancer survivor support group's mission is to offer support to breast cancer patients receiving treatment at Providence Hospital. The group is composed of Breast Cancer Survivors and hospital staff dedicated to this mission. The group offers support by volunteering at Providence Breast Center and providing education and a physical presence to those going through treatment. They also assist with survivor events at the hospital and the community at large. They provide community outreach and assist with fund-raising efforts. The group meets on the Second Friday of each month 12:00pm -1:00 pm in conference room 1 located in the main lobby of the hospital.

http://www.phcbc.com/breast-friends-support-group.html

The Rack Pack

Located in Decatur: The Rack Pack is a support group organized by breast cancer survivors. Whether you are newly diagnosed, still going through treatment, past treatment, and trying to find your new "normal", or a long-term survivor, all are welcome to attend! Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30pm @ Java Jay Cafe. For more information email therackpack@gmail.com

http://www.clearviewcancer.com/patient-info/support-groups/decatur-support-groups

therackpack@gmail.com


Steel Magnolias

Located in Anniston: Steel Magnolias and Men of Steel meet once a month in the Private Dining Room of RMC, Anniston, AL. These support groups are designed to help breast cancer survivors and co-survivors cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. There are no S.M. meetings during July and December. The 4th Tuesday of July is reserved for the New Beginnings Banquet. Active members and active volunteers-by invitation.(256) 231-8827

http://steelmagnoliasinc.org/

(256) 231-8827


St. Vincent’s Breast Cancer Support Group

Located in Birmingham: This group provides education and support for those living with breast cancer and the significant people in their lives. Participants are encouraged to attend at any point in the diagnosis and treatment journey. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Bruno Conference Center from 12noon- 1:30pm. For more information or to RSVP for a meeting, call 205.930.2217

http://www.stvhs.com/birmingham/supportprograms.asp

205-930-2217


Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama

Located in Birmingham, offers educational resources, support groups and outreach programs to breast cancer survivors.

http://www.komenncalabama.org

Think Well

Located in Birmingham, Think Well is a program designed to increase awareness of cognitive changes after treatment, sometimes referred to as “chemobrain”, and promote healthy living to address those changes in breast cancer survivors. Healthy living to improve cognitive function includes nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress reduction. This website provides tools for breast cancer survivors, as well as family and friends, who are wanting to live healthy and think well.

http://www.thinkwell.tips/

Touch

Located in Huntsville, meets at the Catfish Cabin II (906 US Hwy 72) in Athens, at 6 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Open to cancer survivors and their family members.

(256) 536-1855


Word-Xpress, LLC: ​Breast Cancer Support Community Campaign

Located in Huntsville, Word-Xpress, LLC provides emotional and mental support to breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers through inspirational literature and writing therapy workshops for groups and individuals.

https://www.wxbreastcancersupport.com/writing-therapy-workshop

National Resources


Cancer Care Support Groups

They offer online, over the phone, and face to face support groups for patients and caregivers on numerous topics such as therapeutic writing, young adult survivorship and LGBT. communities.

http://www.cancercare.org/support_groups

DailyStrength

DailyStrength is a free and anonymous online support community. The breast cancer section of the website features online support groups, health blogs, a section for asking questions, treatment information and more.

https://www.dailystrength.org/group/breast-cancer

Got Boobs

Got Boobs is an online health-based platform inspiring women through their cancer fight through related content, community and coaching.

http://www.gotboobs.com/

Look Good...Feel Better

Look Good . . . Feel Better is a program that teaches cancer survivors about skin care, hair care and wigs, makeup application techniques, and nail care to help them combat some of the treatment-related side-effects. The website features step-by-step instructions for each topic and they have a 24 hour hotline. Search for programming near you!

http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

MyBCTeam

MyBCTeam is a free online social network for women facing breast cancer. Women can share their diagnosis stories and form their own team of connections, exchanging insight and resources with one another. Want to talk to someone who "gets" it? Try it out!

http://www.mybcteam.com/

WhatNext

WhatNext allows users share their journey and access thousands of experiences others have shared. Experiences can be filtered by condition, role, cancer stage, age, and location, allowing individuals to connect with others on a similar path, find useful resources and ask questions.

https://www.whatnext.com/

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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