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Support Groups

Group Meetings

Updated 2/20/15

Support groups provide a time and space for patients and family members to discuss feelings, concerns and attitudes in a caring atmosphere. The groups are facilitated by professionally trained social workers and other members of your support care team. Call Social Work at 713-792-6195 for more information.  Get Directions

*Open to all cancer patients and families.


#LetMeKnow Teen Group
This support group is open to all teenage patients ages 13-18 whether inpatient or outpatient. We want to know what you have to say about: Body Image, Self-Esteem; Relationships; Coping with Cancer; The Future.
When: Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. 
Where: G9 Teen Room. Take F elevators to the G9 Welcome Desk.
Facilitator: Chelsea Winterfeld, LCSW 713-792-8227.

*Aging With Cancer
An experiential and educational forum with presentations, discussion and time for questions. Group members will learn effective communication with medical team, available support services and navigating through treatment process. Patients and caregivers 65 and over. Lunch will be provided.
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Mays Clinic Building, ACB2.1387
Facilitators: Heather Valladarez, 713-794-1154

Anderson Network Community Outreach Group: Men's Cancer Support Group
For more information, call Ric Byrd at 713-397-7338.
When: 2nd Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road

Anderson Network Support Group
A monthly support group for MD Anderson employees, no matter what their cancer treatment status. For more information, call Marisa Mir, 713-745-9206.
When: 4th Thursday of the month, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Alternates between Main Building and Mays/CPB
Facilitators: Employee Assistance Program and Nurse Counseling

*Brain Tumor - The Houston Area Brain Tumor Network
The Brain Tumor Support Group now meets approximately 3-4 times per year. Guest speaker followed by discussion/support group for patients, family and friends. For information about meeting dates and times, please call Rebecca Savoie, 713-794-1777; or Sarah Hines, 713-792-0772.

Breast Cancer Support Group
Offers support to outpatient breast cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers.
When: 2nd Thursday of the month, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041
Facilitators: Mary Dev, 713-563-9440; Rose Lefeber, 713-794-1778; Jacqueline Garza,  713-794-5734

Provides a social environment where young adult patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends in their 20s and 30s can find resources and information specific to their needs and to help them connect with other young adults affected by cancer. Support is offered though social outings, educational activities, and online at For more information, call 713-792-2553.

Caregivers & Families of Patients on the Palliative Care Unit & Mobile Team
This group focuses on the specific needs of caregivers, information about available resources, and facilitates connections with other caregivers on the Palliative Care Unit.
When: Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Palliative Care Unit, G12.3328
Facilitators: Luke Coulson, 713-745-9367; Carmella Wygant, 713-794-1150; Steve Thorney, 713-563-3988; Martha Aschenbrenner 713-792-5650.

Care 4 Caregivers Support Group
An open support group for caregivers to help enhance their coping skills, improve their well-being and connect them to others who serve in a caregiving role
When: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Where: Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe, Patient Guest Relations Area
Facilitators: DJ Fomby, 713-792-6824

Caregivers: I've Got Feelings, Too!
This support group is designed with the goal of creating a safe space for caregivers to enhance coping, well-being, and connection to others who serve in a caregiving role. Space is limited; call 713-794-4700 to reserve a spot.
When: Thursdays, Noon-1:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near Elevator T. 

*Circle of Hope Bereavement Support Group
A Life After Loss group series developed by American Cancer Society for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one within the past two years. Please contact the Department of Social Work at 713-792-6195 for pre-registration. 
When: Three times a year for six weeks on Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mays Building
Facilitators: Jackie Garza, Carmella Wygant

CLIMB® (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) & Teen CLIMB®
CLIMB is a 6-week long support program for children and teens, ages 6-12 and 13-17, whose parents have cancer. A concurrent parent group is also held during the program. Please call for information on meeting times/dates and to determine eligibility. Registration Required. Call Lindsey Menke at 713-792-7575 for additional information.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041
Facilitator: Lindsey Menke

*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Education and Support Group for Depression & Anxiety
Come learn and discuss ways to reframe thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The CBT group focuses on education and strategies to build positive thinking skills and reducing negative thought patterns. It is a proven method to reduce anxiety and depression.
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m.- Noon
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic
Facilitators: Rose Lefeber, 713-794-1778; Mary Dev, 713-563-9440.

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Support Group
Offers support to cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041
Facilitator: LaShan Archie, 713-792-0762

Head and Neck Cancer Support Groups
Provides education and emotional support to head and neck cancer patients and caregivers at our Regional Care Centers.

Regional Care Center in Bay Area
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: 18100 St. John Drive, Suite 150, Nassau Bay, TX
Facilitator: Traci Newsom
For more information or to register, call 713-563-0670, extension 2.

Regional Care Center in The Woodlands
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 12:00-1:00 p.m., beginning March 26th, 2013.
Where: 17198 St. Luke's Way, Suite 130, The Woodlands, TX 77284
For more information or to register, call 936-446-5112

Leukemia Caregivers Support Groups
Offers a safe, confidential environment where caregivers can come together to share with and learn from professional caregivers and from each other. 

G16 Leukemia Caregivers Support Group 
When: 1st Mondays, 2:00– 3:00 p.m.; 3rd Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Family Quiet Room, G16.3252
Facilitators: Cindy Singh, RN and Thuy Phan, RN 713-745-5950. 

G12 Leukemia Caregivers Support Group
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 3:00– 4:00 p.m.
Where: G12 E Conference Room (G12.3361
Facilitators: Bonnie Arceneaux, RN, Christina Garza, RN 713-792-2460 and Stephen Findley, MDIV

Lung Cancer Patients & Caregivers
For any patient with a diagnosis of lung cancer or their caregivers to help enhance coping and adjustment. 
When: 4th Wednesday of each month, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Thoracic Center Conference Room – R9.1668. 
Facilitators: Charla Peterson, LCSW 713-792-9947 or Heather Valladarez, LCSW 713-794-3229.

MD Anderson AYAs: Ready to Meet
A group for young adults on active cancer treatment ages 18-25. 
When: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: G9 teen/young adult room 
Facilitators: Elsa Morse, 713-563-2272; Johanna Pule, 713-745-5050

MD Anderson Support Connection
A place for patients, caregivers, and family members of any cancer diagnosis to connect with one another and receive information on community resources and support. 
When: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. 
Where: Patient Guest Relations Area, Rotary House International
Facilitator: Heather Valladarez, LCSW 713-794-3229

MD Anderson in Sugar Land
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Sugar Land Regional Care Center, First Floor Conference Room
Facilitator: Sam Sium, LMSW 281-566-1954

MD Anderson in Katy
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Katy Regional Care Center, First Floor Conference Room
Facilitator: Ariana Detert, LCSW 281-792-7627

MD Anderson Conexión de Apoyo
Este grupo semanal ofrece a cualquier persona afectada por el cáncer, ya sean pacientes, familiars o cuidadores, un lugar para conectar con otros y descubrir los diversos recursos de apoyo disponibles en MD Anderson.
Fecha: Todo los Jueves
Hora: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lugar: Oficina principal del Departamento de Social Work (trabajo social), B2.4650, cerca del elevador D
Coordinadora: Ginasenda Rodriguez, LCSW 713-745-8515

Melanoma Patient and Caregivers Support Group
For more information call Christine Durlam, 713-792-7628. Lunch will be provided.
When: 4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Melanoma & Skin Center Conference Room, Main Building, Floor 9, near Elevator C, R9.2184
Facilitator: Christine Durlam

Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Must call 713-745-4730 to RSVP.
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041
Facilitators: Alycia Hughes

Protective Environment (PE) Education Support Group
Open to families of patients in PE. For more information, call 713-792-6195.
When: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Main Building, Floor 12, G12E in the PE area
Facilitator: Ashleigh Thomas, RN

Relaxation Station for Leukemia Caregivers
Join other caregivers of leukemia patients for an experience of deep relaxation using a variety of mind/body techniques. 
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, Noon – 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Family Conference Room, G12.3328
Facilitator: Toni Franciosi, LCSW -713-792-0757

Spine Tumor Support Group
Offering support and education to primary and metastatic spine tumor patients and their caregivers.
When: 1st Wednesday of the month, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041
Facilitator: Gisela Sanchez-Williams, RN, 713-792-2400

*Support Group for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Psychosocial support for patients with metastatic breast cancer. 
When: 4th Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m.-Noon
Where: Integrative Medicine Center-Mays Clinic
Facilitators: Mary Dev, 713-563-9440; Rose Lefeber, 713-794-1778

Tools for Coping with Anxiety & Depression
This is a 6-week group for cancer patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. This group aims to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and teaches coping skills. Tools for Coping is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which works on the principle that one’s thinking affects emotions and behaviors. For more information, please contact coordinator Kristin Goodwin, LMSW 713-792-5495.

*Urology Cancer Message Board
For survivors/patients of bladder, penile, prostate, testicular, kidney and other urological cancers and their caregivers. Log on to and follow the instructions to become a new user. For more information call Laura Walther at 713-792-0753.

*Well-Wives: For Any Woman Whose Husband Has Cancer
This group is for female family members when the male is the cancer patient. Women only.
When: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe
Facilitator: Carol Dimmett, M.A., B.A.

*Young Adult Support Group
This group is open to all young adults with cancer (ages 18 to 39) and their caregivers. It is open to patients at all stages of the cancer experience (new diagnosis to survivorship) and we welcome patients treated at other hospitals. Come eat, meet other young adults, and talk about topics that are relevant to you (nutrition, exercise, dating, etc.).
When: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: Dan's House of Hope - 4917 Jackson Street
For any questions or further information, contact Wendy Griffith, LCSW, at 713-792-9948.

Community Oncology Support Groups

The American Cancer Society offers "I Can Cope": a series of educational classes for people facing cancer: and "Dialogue": support groups to help you deal with the challenge of cancer. For more information, call 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345).

CanCare of Houston, Inc. offers free, one-on-one long-term emotional support for individuals diagnosed with cancer and their family members. Volunteers are matched with referrals based on cancer type, age, gender and family situation. For more information, call 713-461-0028 or visit

Bo's Place is a program for grieving children and their families. They offer support groups in the evening during the week, free of charge. For more information, call 713-942-8339.

Breast Friends Cancer Support Group
For women of all ages with breast cancer. Held monthly at MD Anderson's Regional Care Center campuses.

  • Bay Area: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Christus St. John West Building, 2035 Space Park Drive (1st floor, West Conference Room) Nassau Bay, TX 77058.
    Facilitator: Diana Vasquez (713-745-2396)
  • Sugar Land: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m., MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway (1st floor Conference Room) Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Facilitator: Laurie Hughes (281-566-1908)
  • Katy: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Christus St. Catherines Hospital, 19770 Kingsland Blvd. (2nd floor, class room B) Houston, TX 77094.
    Facilitator: Monica Cerda-Juarez (281-646-4371)
  • The Woodlands: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.,  St. Luke's Hospital The Woodlands, 17198 St. Luke's Way (corner of FM 242 and I-45)
    Facilitator: Pamela Schlembach, M.D.

Cancer Care Inc. Online and telephone support groups. For more information, call 800-813-HOPE (800-813-4673) or visit

Family Support Group 
This group is open to all cancer patients and their friends and family. 
When: 3rd Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. -8:30 p.m. 
Where: MD Anderson Cancer in The Woodlands, 17198 St Luke's Way Suite 130, The Woodlands, TX 77384. 
Contact: Erika Pomares,  713-840-0483,

*The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Cancer Survivorship Network
Gives patients and their families affected by any cancer diagnosis a place to share in a comfortable and caring environment.
When: 3rd Wednesday of  the month, 7:00-8:30 pm. 
For information and reservations, call the LLS Texas Gulf Coast at 713-680-8088.

*Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Education and Support Group
Open to people with any cancer diagnosis and their caregivers.
When: 1st Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. 
Where: MD Anderson Bay Area Regional Care Center, 18100 St. John Drive, Suite 150, Nassau Bay, Texas 77058

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