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Bladder Cancer Support Groups are listed by state (Canadian groups are at the end of the list):

ARKANSAS

Hot Springs, AR Ostomy group
Meets the 2nd Sat of each month at 10:30 am Mercy Health Center, 300 Werner St
501- 622-2118

Fort Smith, AR Ostomy group
Meets the 2nd Sun of every other month at 2:00 pm
Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House
800-262-9917 for more information http://www.reynoldscancersupporthouse.org


CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles

Bladder Cancer Support Group:
A support and educational group for men and women with a bladder cancer diagnosis, either before or after surgery, and their family members. The group is facilitated by a clinical social worker and urology nurse navigator. Patients from any hospital are welcome. Group is held at 6pm every 4th Tuesday of every month, except August and November. December group is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. For additional information contact Susan Nordblad, MSW @ 323-442-8915 or email: Susan.Nordblad@med.usc.edu.

Navigating Through Your Surgery:
A Pre-op workshop for patients who will undergo radical cystectomy (removal of the bladder) surgery. Educational information on how to prepare for surgery, what to expect during hospitalization, and care of your “New Bladder” is provided. Class held at 4:00 pm every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month. December class is held only the 1st Tuesday.
For scheduling and additional information email: Sylvia.rodriguezorozco@health.usc.edu
or (323)865-3755

Pre-Operative Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation:
Learn about preparing for surgery with pelvic floor muscle training and how Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy can help you reach your full potential post-surgery. Class is held at 5:00 pm every 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month. December class is held only the 1st Tuesday.
For additional information email: Eileen.johnson@pt.usc.edu or Kimberly.perring@med.usc.edu with any questions or contact Sylvia Rodriguez @ 323-865-3755.

Location of Support Group and Classes:
Norris Cancer Center of USC
1441 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90033
Ezralow Conference Room #Nor1315

Rancho Mirage
Bladder Cancer Support Group
2nd Monday of every month from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Call 760-834-3798 for Registration & Information
Facilitator: Alison Mayer Sachs, MSW, OSW-C

San Francisco
Bladder Cancer Education and Support Group
University of California San Francisco
Meets 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Mission Bay Campus
550 16th Street, Corner of 16th & 4th, Room 1406, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143
(Please use the 4th Street entrance and check in with security desk)

Contact Emil Lavaki at emil.lavaki@ucsf.edu or 415-353-7348

San Diego/North County
Meets at a local restaurant the 1st Sunday @ 12:30 every other month – Jan, Mar, May (BCAN Walk), July, Sept and Nov.
Open to all survivors, patients in treatment, newly diagnosed and family members.
Please come join us! We are an informal, uplifting group!  Karen Gross 909-856-1807 gardenerca@gmail.com

San Diego
The Ken Patterson Bladder Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Scripps Mercy Hospital, Room 5BC on the Lower Level at 5:30 p.m.  Please contact Rosemary Patterson at rosebud.patterson@gmail.com for more information.  Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103


COLORADO

Denver
Bladder Cancer Support Group
Urology Center of Colorado
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
2777 Mile High Stadium Circle
3rd floor conference room
Denver, CO 80211
Contact: Martha Ruschival RN, BSN at 303-825-8822 or mruschival@TUCC.com
NOTE: This group does not meet during months when other events are being held. Schedule information can be found at: TUCC.com/supportgroups


CONNECTICUT

Farmington
Bladder Cancer Support Group
Open to all – this group is not limited to UCONN patients
Meets the first Saturday each month from 2 PM to 3 PM
At the Food Court at the rear of the UCONN Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
For more information, contact: Amber Tillinghast, Patient Navigator, at 860-679-7820

Greater Hartford Area

Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute at Hartford Hospital
Meets quarterly from 6.30 to 8.00PM
Open to all: free parking
Rotating location – call 1-800-545-7664 and ask for the next session of “Understanding Bladder Cancer


FLORIDA

Estero/Fort Myers
SWFL Bladder Cancer Support Group
Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
For more information contact Karen Godfrey at 239-992-4809 or kgod@comcast.net

Sarasota
SaraTee Ostomy Support Group
We meet at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month
The Center for Building Hope
5481 Communication Pkwy
Sarasota FL 34240
Call Bonnie Coker for more info 941-423-8542 Cell 941-549-4966
For more information: http://www.sarateeostomy.com/


GEORGIA

Athens
Athens, GA Ostomy Support Group

Location Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support
Meets the second Sunday of each month.
Time 02:00 pm End Time 3:30 pm
A support group for people with an ostomy.
Contact Information 706-475-4900 or LoranSmithCenter@athenshealth.org

Georgia Health Sciences University Augusta
Georgia cystectomy support group 

Open to anyone who has had a cystectomy
3rd Tue – Monthly 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Meets in the Community Conference Room at the Georgia Health Sciences Cancer Center.
1410 Laney Walker Blvd.
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Contact: Annie Blount, 706-721-0550

Marietta, Georgia Ostomy Group
Support group for people who have had bowel or bladder diversion surgeries such as colostomies, ileostomies, and urostomies.
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Marietta in Room 330.
WOC(ET) nurses attend the meetings and are a great resource for the group.
Contact Herschell Bottrell, 770-422-9803.

Lawrenceville
Men to Men Cancer Support Group
Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Starting October 28, 2014
Cancer Support Center
631 Gwinnett Physicians Center
631 Professional Drive, Suite 220
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Contact: 678-312-3100, Martin Newmes


ILLINOIS

Chicago
Bladder Cancer Networking Group
Gilda’s Club Chicago and BCAN
Meets 4th Wednesday of the month at 6-7:30 p.m.
537 N. Wells Street, Chicago
The group is facilitated by Sandy Hiehl, RN and Josephine Silvestre, RN
Contact 312-464-9900
http://www.gildasclubchicago.org/

Hinsdale
Bladder Cancer Networking Group
Wellness House
Meets 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 –  8:30 p.m.
This group provides an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver. The purpose is to exchange information and strategies for making decisions and navigating the cancer experience. This group is open both to those diagnosed and caregivers.
131 N. County Line Rd., Hinsdale
The group is facilitated by Senior Oncology Support Counselor Michael Williams, PsyD
Contact 630-654-5117 or mwilliams@wellnesshouse.org

Maywood
Loyola University Maywood Campus

Meets 2nd Tuesday each month at 7 p.m.
This group is open to the public and produces a monthly newsletter.
“Great Diversions” is for bladder cancer patients that have had continent diversions (neobladders or catheterizable [Indiana] pouches)
Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center Auditorium
Second floor
2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL
Contact Ginger Lewis 708-216-5112 or glewis@lumc.edu


INDIANA

Indianapolis
Cancer Support Community Central Indiana
5150 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Contact us for information about our cancer support groups.  Contact:  Kerry Teague
at 317-257-1505, kerry@cancersupportindy.org or visit cancersupportindy.org


KANSAS

Kansas City
United Ostomy Association
This group provides support and information for those patients living with an ostomy.
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every other month at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
For more information please contact Mrs. Debbie Kueker at 913-588-3118.

Ostomy Support Group
3rd Thursday Monthly
6:00 -7:30 PM
University of Kansas Rehabilitation Center
3910 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS
Enter on West side and meet in Room 2249
For more info, email or call Meredith:
MHill@kumc.edu or 913-588-0438

Leawood
Bladder Cancer Support Group
January 16th, 2018 from 5:30-7:00 PM
Turning Point: The Center of Hope and Healing
8900 State Line Road, Ste 240
Leawood, KS 66206
For registration, please contact Katie Mann at 913-588-7576 or by email kpriest@kumc.edu


MARYLAND

Baltimore
Bladder Cancer Support Group (primarily for pre- and post-op cystectomy patients)
Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Meets every other month (October- June) on the first Thursday at 1:00pm
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Contact Joanne Walker at 410-955-5367 or jwalker@jhmi.edu
Note: Please call for meeting times and location as they may change

Bethesda – Washington DC Metro Area
Hope Connections for Cancer Support
Support group meets the 3rd Thursday each month from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Beaumont House at FASEB, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD
Contact: Renee A Wells at info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org, 301-634-7500 or go to: hopeconnectionsforcancer.org.

Silver Spring – Washington DC Metro Area
Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors
Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m
Pulse Community Care
912 Thayer Ave. Suite 105, Silver Spring, MD

Contact: discoverthepulse@gmail.com or 240-641-4116

$16/session or $84 for 6 sessions  Please bring a yoga mat (limited number available for rental: $1/class).


MASSACHUSETTS

Pittsfield
Urology Professional Services
For men and women who have had a bladder cancer experience.
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month 4:30-5:30 pm, Urology Professional Services, 41 Wahconah St., Pittsfield
For more information please contact 413-447-3092


MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor
Bladder Cancer Support Group
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dept. of Urology
Meetings are on the first Sunday of every other month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Parking is free. No reservation required.

Next meeting: September 24, 2017
Contact: Michelle Vigo at 734-615-6662 or mvigo@med.umich.edu

Detroit
Detroit Bladder Cancer Network (DBCN)
The Detroit Bladder Cancer Network (DBCN) is a joint partnership between the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute of the Henry Ford Health System. The network is dedicated to increasing awareness of bladder cancer and providing education and support to bladder cancer patients and survivors, as well as their friends, family members and the community.
Meets quarterly, more informational than “support group.”
Contact the Social Work Department at Karmanos at 313-576-9700


MINNESOTA

Minneapolis
Bladder Cancer Support Group
The group is held the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Please register for this free event at www.umnhealth.org/bladdergroup or by calling 612-672-7272. There is no cost to attend, but we would like to know if you’re coming so we can provide light refreshments.  The goal of the support group is to build community among us all. We heartily invite you to join us and be a part of the conversation to support and educate each other.

Location:
The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
2500 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Parking lot is located behind the lodge or street parking on nearby adjacent streets.

Contact person: Ella Kot, RN, BSN   612-624-1598 /  ekot@umphysicians.umn.edu or Dean Junkans 651-308-2533 / djunkans@gmail.com.


NEVADA

Las Vegas
Bladder Cancer Support Group
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
657 N. Town Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89144
Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Contact Don Weinrach at donrosiew@gmail.com or terikoehler@gmail.com with questions.


NEW YORK

New York City
Bladder Cancer: Challenges & Solutions: Open to all
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Meets every month on the second Thursday at noon
Contact David Sarfati, LCSW at 646-422-4658 or sarfatid@mskcc.org.
Or contact Vashti Livingston at livingsv@mskcc.org.

Virtual Bladder Cancer Support Group for MSK Patients only held on the last Thursday of each month.
For more information contact virtualgroups@mskcc.org

Rochester
A support group – Strong Memorial Hospital and BCAN
The James Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642
The group meets from 5:30 pm every fourth Wednesday in the months of January, March, May, July, September and October
Facilitator: Jackie Bill, Social Work Dept., The James Wilmot Cancer Center
Please RSVP to Jackie at 585-273-2888 or Jacqueline_bill@urmc.rochester.edu


NORTH CAROLINA

Chapel Hill
Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group
2nd Tuesday of every month
SECU Family House 
123 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Contact:  Ritchie Briggs 919-493-0551 or Mary 919-832-8455 (please leave message)
or visit http://trianglebcs.org or email trianglebcs@gmail.com

http://trianglebcs.org

Charlotte
Bladder Cancer Support Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the every month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Levine Cancer Institute
1025 Morehead Medical Drive
2nd Floor
Charlotte, NC 28204
Email the facilitator, Brian Kluttz at: bryan.kluttz@carolinashealthcare.org
Or Tel: 704-446-1345

Durham
Duke Medicine, Durham, NC Genitourinary Cancer Support Group
This support group is for patients of genitourinary cancers and their family members.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month.
Parking vouchers will be available to group participants.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC 27710
No registration required

For more information call 919-684-4497 or e-mail cancersupport@duke.edu


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City
Second Wednesday of the month
12:15-1:15pm
Stephenson Cancer Center
800 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104

Conference room 6012
For more information, contact bladdercansg@gmail.com


PENNSYLVANIA

Central PA/Lehigh Valley

Bladder Cancer Discussion Group
Survivors, newly diagnosed, family members:  all are welcome at this discussion group.  This group will cover your questions, concerns and help provide valuable information about products and services important to you.

Upcoming meetings:

Tuesday, October 24, 6-8 pm
Featured Topic: Genetic Counseling

Meetings are held at the UCPA Camp Hill Office
100 Corporate Center Drive
Camp Hill, PA

RSVP:  Marge Coffin 484-695-0731 or pachapter@bcan.org

Philadelphia
Fox Chase Cancer Center Philadelphia Ostomy Support Group

If you or someone you know has an ostomy and could use a little extra help and support, please join us for a monthly psycho-educational support group.  No registration required. For information, call Holly Riggs, LSW, at 215-728-2936 or the ostomy nurses at 215-728-5500. For more information: go here

Pittsburgh

Bladder Cancer Support Group
Meetings held the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
The Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Avenue
Cooperman Conference Room A
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Facilitators:  Jeffrey R. Gingrich, MD & Kay Lowmaster, MSW, LCSW
Call 412-605-3015 to register and for more information


TEXAS

Dallas
Bladder Cancer Survivorship Support Group
Open to patients/survivors and their families and loved ones
For information email: DFWChapter@bcan.org

Baylor University Medical Center
Bladder-Kidney Cancer Education & Support Group
Meets the 2nd Saturday on even-numbered months: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (registration required)
Group Room, Cvetko Patient Education Center, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
3410 Worth Street, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75246
For information contact the Program Coordinator, Tel: 214-820-2608 or Email: cvetko@baylorhealth.edu

Houston
Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor Clinic
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
Meeting Saturdays from 10:30 am to noon on July 23, September 10, and November 5
For more information, contact Heather at goltzh@uhd.edu

Bladder Cancer Support Team
The University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1373
Houston, TX  77030
Meetings: Bi-monthly
Contact: Thomas J. Touzel (ttouzel@mdanderson.org) or Jane Dinney (jdinney@mdanderson.org), 713-792-6388 www.mdanderson.org/departments/bladdercansup/


VIRGINIA

Reston – Northern Virginia
Bladder Cancer Support Group
For pre- and post-radical cystectomy / neobladder patients
Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
The group does not meet during the summer months of June, July or August
The Urology Group
1860 Town Center Drive, Suite 150
Reston, VA 20190
Contact:  703-480-0220 for more information

Virginia Beach

Meets the last Thursday of alternate months; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
At Urology of Virginia, 225 Clearfield Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Meetings include a 30 minute presentation by a physician followed by Q & A’s with time to network; light refreshments provided; meetings are open to all.
For more information contact Lori Barnhart 757-452-3475 or Email: lbarnhart@urologyofva.net website: urologyofva.net

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia
Meeting times and places vary, go to www.osgnv.org for more information


WASHINGTON

Seattle
Kidney and Bladder Cancer Support
Join Julia and Art Chmura for presentations and discussions. Light refreshments are provided.
When: Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m. every few months; contact juliachmura@comcast.net for more information
Where: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance outpatient clinic on Lake Union. 1354 Aloha St.


WISCONSIN

Milwaukee
Bladder Cancer Support Group
4th Wednesday of the Month
6:15 to 7:45 pm
Clinical Conference Room L
(1st floor of the Clinical Cancer Center)
Clinical Cancer Center
Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
For More Information: Call Heidi Stark, BSN OCN at 414-805-0196


CANADA

Montreal
Bladder Cancer Canada Support Group
Jewish General Hospital Hope & Cope Wellness Centre
4635 Cote Ste. Catherine Road (corner Lavoie)
Meets 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30-7:00 p.m
The group is facilitated by Jaques Spilka who can be reached at 514-573-2462. For more information contact the Wellness Centre at 514-340-3616 or email jacques.spilka@gmail.com