In Person Support Groups

In-Person Bladder Cancer Support Groups are listed by state (Canadian group 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

Navigating Through Your Surgery: An exciting pre-op workshop for patients who will undergo a Radical Cystectomy. Educational information on how to prepare for your surgery, what to expect during your hospitalization, and care of your “New Bladder”
Location:
Norris Cancer Center of USC
1441 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90033
Ezralow Conference Room #Nor1315

Time: 4:00pm

2014 Dates:
September 2nd and 16th
October 7th and 21st
November 4th and 18th
December 2nd and 16th
For scheduling and additional information email: Sylvia.rodriguezorozco@health.usc.edu
Or (323)865-3755

The Department of Physical Therapy & Division of Occupational Therapy with the USC Institute of Urology PRESENT A Pre-Operative Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Class
Come 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.
Location: Same as above

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM (directly after the cystectomy pre-op class on the same dates)

Contact: Eileen.johnson@pt.usc.edu or Kimberly.perring@med.usc.edu with any questions

All Support Group Questions should be directed to Ronna Harris, LCSW, BCD Ronna.harris@health.usc.edu or 323-865-3150
or to Sylvia Rodriguez Nurse Navigator 323-865-3755 or Sylvia.Rodriguezorozco@usc.edu

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 Comprehensive Cancer Center
Meets 1st Thursday of each month at 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Mt. Zion Campus
1600 Divisadero, Conference Room H3906, San Francisco
Contact Imelda Tenggara-Hunter at itenggara@urology.ucsf.edu or 415-353-7348

San Diego/North County

Support group meets Saturdays at 10:00 am every other month: Jan, Mar, May (BCAN walk), July, Sept, and Nov.  We meet at a local restaurant in North County for breakfast and socializing. We are a very fun, uplifting, casual group! Come join us!
Please RSVP to Karen Gross (909) 856-1807

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: Kim Hackett at hackett@uchc.edu or 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/

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
A monthly networking group – The Wellness Community Indiana and BCAN
The Cancer Support Community
5150 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Facilitator: Lora Hays
Contact The Wellness Community at 317-257-1505 or 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.

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
N
ote: Please call for meeting times and location as they may change

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

MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor
Bladder Cancer Support Group
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dept. of Urology
Meetings are on Sundays 1:00-2:30 p.m. Parking is free. No reservation required.
Contact Michelle Vigo at 734-615-6662 or mvigo@med.umich.edu

Great Lakes Bladder Cancer Support Group

This group is based in Troy. For more information contact Rick Bangs at chezrick@comcast.net or tel. 313-444-2279

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

NEW YORK

Albany
Bladder Cancer Support Group:  Upstate New York
American Cancer Society HopeClub
One Penny Lane
Latham, NY 12110
Contact Linda Abriel, NP at 518-858-7499 or Denise DiMascio at 518-878-2936.

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 Richard Glassman, LCSW at 646-422-4658 or glassmar@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
UNC Carolina Point Oncology
6011 Farrington Road (3rd floor)
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
Contact: David Langham 919-943-0589 or 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

OREGON

Springfield
Bladder Cancer Support Group

Meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every month
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Social time/Refreshments
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Meeting
Oregon Urology Institute-Radiation Center
1457 G Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Contact: Call Gina at 541-736-2916

PENNSYLVANIA

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 contact Pat Pugsley 972-571-1281

Email: bladdercancerdallas@gmail.com

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: Rhonda Golman at rgolman@lmgdoctors.com or 703-480-0220

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

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