In Person Support Groups

In-Person Bladder Cancer Support Groups are listed by state (Canadian group at the end of the list):

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles
Bladder Cancer Support Group
The USC Norris Cancer Center
Meets 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00-7:30 p.m.
USC Norris Lobby Conference Room1441
Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles
Contact Katrina dela Cruz at 323-442-8301 or Maddy Kerber at madelyn.kerber@health.usc.edu

Rancho Mirage
Bladder Cancer Support Group
4th Thursday of every month from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
39000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Call 760-834-3798 for Registration & Information
Facilitators:  Barbara Bigelow, RN, ACON & 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 Sat 10 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 12 Noon and 6 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

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
Contact Karen Godfrey at 239-992-4809 or kgod@comcast.net

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.
“Great Diversions” is for bladder cancer 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 glewis@lumc.edu

INDIANA

Indianapolis
A monthly networking group – The Wellness Community Indiana and BCAN
The Wellness Community
5150 W. 71st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Facilitator – Jim Bailey, bladder cancer survivor
Contact The Wellness Community at 317-257-1505

MARYLAND

Baltimore
Bladder Cancer Support Group (primarily for pre- and post-op cystectomy patients)
Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Meets every other month on the first Thursday at 1:30pm
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Contact Joanne Walker at 410-955-5367 or jwalker@jhmi.edu

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

MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor
Bladder Cancer Support Group
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dept. of Urology
The sessions are free and no reservation is necessary.
Meetings are on Sundays.
2012 Meetings:  Jan 15; Mar 11; May 20; July 15; Sep 16; Nov 11
Sundays 1:00-2:30 p.m.
University of Michigan Main Hospital, Ann Arbor
Meetings and parking are free, no reservation is necessary
Contact Staci Mitchell 734-615-4340 or stacilin@med.umich.edu

Great Lakes Bladder Cancer Support Group

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

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 858-7499 or Denise DiMascio at 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.

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 5.30pm to 6.30 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
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
6013 Farrington Rd, Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
Contact: David Langham 919-943-0589 or trianglebcs@gmail.com
http://trianglebcs.org

Charlotte
Bladder Cancer Support Group
Meets 2nd Tuesday each month: 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Levine Cancer Institute
1025 Morehead Medical Drive
6th Floor Resource Room
Charlotte, NC 28204
Email: Adrian.thornburg@carolinashealthcare.org
Or Tel: 704-446-1345

OREGON

Springfield
Bladder Cancer Support Group
3rd Wednesday of every month
Oregon Urology Institute-Radiation Center
1457 G Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Contact: Stephanie Kerns 541-284-5508 or stephanie@oregonurology.com

PENNSYLVANIA

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 Wednesday each month: Noon to 1.30PM (registration required)
Group Room, Cvetko Patient Education Center, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
3410 Worth Avenue, Ste. 200, Dallas, TX 75246
For information contact Polly Candela, Program Coordinator, Tel: 214-820-2608 or Email: polly.candela@baylorhealth.edu

Houston
Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor Clinic
6620 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
Meeting Saturdays from 10:30 am to noon on May 7, July 23, September 10, and November 5
For more information, contact Heather at heather.honore@va.gov

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
The group will meet 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.
2013 dates – March 28, May 30, July 25, and Sept 26.
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

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

 

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 3rd Wednesday 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 jspilka@whatsnexx.com

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