Bladder Cancer Support Groups are listed by state (Canadian groups are at the end of the list):
ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
CancerCare’s 15 Week Online Support Group
Registration is now open for CancerCare’s new 15-week online support group for people diagnosed with . This online group provides a safe, confidential space where participants can discuss the unique challenges of living with this illness while receiving support, information and guidance. This group takes place in a password-protected forum that is moderated by a licensed oncology social worker. It is completely free of charge.
Start Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015 (This group will continue to accept new participants on a rolling basis through the middle of December.)
End Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Moderator: Rachel Odo, LCSW
To join this support group, please visit http://www.cancercare.org/support_groups/131 to complete our online registration process.
Note: CancerCare’s online support groups follow a trimester schedule: Fall (October 1 – January 15); Spring (February 1 – May 15); and Summer (June 1 – September 15).
Hot Springs, AR
Meets the 2nd Sat of each month at 10:30 am Mercy Health Center, 300 Werner St
Fort Smith, AR
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
A support and educational group for men and women with a diagnosis, either before or after , 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 2nd Tuesday of the month. For additional information contact Ronna Harris, LCSW @ 323-865-3150 / 323-442-8301 or email: Ronna.email@example.com or Sylvia Rodriguez at 323-865-3755.
Navigating Through Your
A Pre-op workshop for patients who will undergo (removal of the bladder) . Educational information on how to prepare for , 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Operative Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation:
Learn about preparing for with pelvic floor muscle training and how Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy can help you reach your full potential post- . 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.email@example.com or Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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 email@example.com or 415-353-7348
San Diego/North County
The Ken Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Scripps Mercy Hospital, 4077 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103Support 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
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
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
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: Michelle Safo-Agyeman, 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 ”
SWFL 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 email@example.com
SaraTee 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/
Athens, GA 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 .
Contact Information 706-475-4900 or LoranSmithCenter@athenshealth.org
Georgia Health Sciences University Augusta
Georgia support group
Open to anyone who has had a
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
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.
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
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
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 patients that have had continent diversions (neobladders or catheterizable [Indiana] pouches)
Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center Auditorium
2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, IL
Contact Ginger Lewis 708-216-5112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancer Support Community Central Indiana
5150 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Men’s Cancer Support Group meets from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Thursdays. Facilitator: Lora Hays
Contact the Cancer Support Community at 317-257-1505 or cancersupportindy.org
This group provides support and information for those patients living with an .
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.
Support Group (primarily for pre- and post-op 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 email@example.com
Note: 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 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Hope Connections for Cancer Support
Beaumont House at FASEB, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD
Contact: Renee A Wells at firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com or 240-641-4116
$16/session or $84 for 6 sessions Please bring a yoga mat (limited number available for rental: $1/class).
Urology Professional Services
For men and women who have had a 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Lakes Support Group
This group is based in Troy. For more information contact Rick Bangs at email@example.com or tel. 313-444-2279
Detroit Network (DBCN)
The Detroit 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 and providing education and support to 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
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.
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.
New York City
: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or contact Vashti Livingston at email@example.com.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Triangle 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 email@example.com
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the every month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Levine Cancer Institute
1025 Morehead Medical Drive
Charlotte, NC 28204
Email the facilitator, Brian Kluttz at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Tel: 704-446-1345
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 email@example.com
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
Fox Chase Cancer Center PhiladelphiaSupport Group
If you or someone you know has an go hereand 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 nurses at 215-728-5500. For more information:
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
Survivorship Support Group
Open to patients/survivors and their families and loved ones
For information contact Pat Pugsley 972-571-1281
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baylor College of Medicine
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 email@example.com
The University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 1373
Houston, TX 77030
Contact: Thomas J. Touzel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jane Dinney (email@example.com), 713-792-6388 www.mdanderson.org/departments/bladdercansup/
Reston – Northern Virginia
For pre- and post- / 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-480-0220
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: email@example.com website: urologyofva.net
Support Group of Northern Virginia
Meeting times and places vary, go to www.osgnv.org for more information
Kidney and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Where: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance outpatient clinic on Lake Union. 1354 Aloha St.
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 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 email@example.com