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Support Groups

Group Meetings

Updated 8/27/15

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: Every Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
Where: The G9 Teen Room.  Take F elevators to the G9 Welcome Desk.
Facilitator: Contact the main social work office for more information: 713-792-6195

Acute Palliative Care Unit
This caregiver support group focuses on the needs and issues specific to caregivers.  Resources can be shared and connections facilitated between other caregivers on the palliative care unit.  Why:  Because practicing good self-care is important, particularly for care givers.  There are also benefits in making connections with other caregivers.  
When: Every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Family Conference Rm. G12.3328 (just past the framed bicycle)
Facilitators: Sujin Ann-Yi, Ph. D., LMFT 713-792-6194; Martha Aschenbrenner, MA, LPC  713-792-5650;  Luke Coulson, LCSW  713-745-9367; and Andrea Ferguson, MDiv, MA  713-792-5650

*Aging With Cancer
An experiential and educational forum which will include presentations along with discussion and time for questions.  Group members may benefit by learning: effective communication with medical team, available support services and navigating through treatment process. For patients and caregivers, ages 65 and over. Lunch will be provided!  
When: 3rd Tuesdays from 11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: ACB2.1387
Facilitator: Heather Valladarez, LCSW, 713-794-3229

Breast Cancer Support Group
Offers support to outpatient breast cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers.
When: 2nd Thursday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center – Mays Clinic
Facilitators: Mary Dev, LCSW, 713-563-9440; Rose Lefeber, LMSW, 713-794-1778; and Jacqueline Garza, LMSW, 713-794-5734

*Brain Tumor - The Houston Area Brain Tumor Network
The Brain Tumor Support Group meets 4 times a year.  Guest speaker followed by discussion/support group for patients, family and friends. For information about meeting dates and times, please call Amy Sheehy, LMSW 713-563-7728 or Michelle Will, LCSW 713-792-0772.

A program of myCancerConnection in the Department of Volunteer Services that provides a social environment where young adult patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends in their 20's and 30's 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.

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 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Patient Guest Relations Area at Rotary House International
Facilitator: DJ Fomby, LCSW, 713-792-6824

Caregivers & Families of Patients on the Palliative Care Unit & Mobile Team
A caregiver support group which focuses on the specific needs of caregivers, provides information about available resources, and facilitates connections with other caregivers on the Palliative Care Unit.
When: Thursdays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Palliative Care Unit, G12.3328
Facilitators: Luke Coulson, LMSW, 713-745-9367; and Martha Aschenbrenner 713-792-5650

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.  
When: Every Thursday
Where: The Integrative Medicine Center near the Mays Clinic from noon until 1:00 p.m.  
Please call the Integrative Medicine Center to reserve your spot as space is limited. 713-794-4700 

*Circle of Hope Bereavement Support Group
Meets three times per year for six weeks in the Mays Building.  This is 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.  
Facilitator: Please contact the Department of Social Work at 713-792-6195 for pre-registration

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 713-792-6195 for meeting times/dates and to determine eligibility. Registration is required. Visit for more information.    
Where: Integrative Medicine Center - Mays Clinic
Program Coordinator: Marisa Nowitz, MSW, LCSW

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Support Group
Offers support to cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers. Light refreshments will be served.
When: Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center – Mays Clinic
Facilitator: LaShan Archie, LMSW, 713-792-0762  

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

MD Anderson in Bay Area
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: 18100 St. John Drive, Suite 150, Nassau Bay, TX
Facilitator: Traci Newsom, LCSW, 713-563-0670, extension 2

MD Anderson in The Woodlands
When: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   
Where: 17198 St. Luke’s Way, Suite. 130, The Woodlands, TX 77284  
For more information or to register please 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. 

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
This support group is for any patient with a diagnosis of lung cancer or their caregivers to help enhance coping and adjustment.  
When: 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. – 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 treatment ages 18-25.
When: Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: G9 teen/young adult room.
Facilitators: Elsa Morse, AYA/Child Life, 713-563-2272; and Johanna Pule, LCSW, 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 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Patient Guest Relations Area at the Rotary House International
Facilitator: Heather Valladarez, LCSW, 713-794-3229

MD Anderson in Sugar Land
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:00 p.m. – 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 every month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
Where: Katy Regional Care Center, First Floor Conference Room
Facilitator:  Ariana Detert, LCSW, 713-792-7627

Melanoma Patients and Caregivers Support Group
A support group for any patients and/or caregivers impacted by Melanoma that would like to connect with others for mutual support and education.
When: 4th Tuesday of each month from 11:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Melanoma Clinic Conference Room, R9.2184
Facilitator: Alan Nguyen, LMSW 713-563-7723

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

*Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
Offers psychosocial support to patients with metastatic breast cancer.
When:  1st Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center - Mays Clinic
Facilitators: Mary Dev, LCSW 713-563-9440; and Rose Lefeber, LMSW 713-794-1778

myCancerConnection One-on-one Support
Connects patients, survivors, and caregivers with survivor volunteers who have had the same or similar diagnosis, treatment, or experience. For more information call 713-792-2553 or 800-345-6324, or email The program is free of charge and available to anyone, regardless of where treatment is/was received.

Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Where: Meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center - Mays Clinic
Facilitator: Alycia Hughes, LMSW. 713- 745-4730

Protective Environment (PE) Education Support Group
Open to families of patients in PE.
When: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: G12E in the PE area
Facilitator: Ashleigh Thomas, RN

Spinal Tumor Support Group
Offering support and education to primary and metastatic spine tumor patients and their caregivers.
When:  1st Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center – Mays Clinic
Facilitator: Gisela Sanchez - Williams RN, MSN, ANP-C, 713-792-2400

Tools for Coping with Anxiety & Depression
The Tools for Coping Group 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.  
Facilitator: Kristin Goodwin, LMSW  713-792-5495

*Well-Wives: For Any Woman Whose Husband Has Cancer
An opportunity to share some of the concerns and feelings you and your loved ones may have about your family member’s cancer and its impact on your lives.  This group is for female family members when the male is the cancer patient. Women only group.  
When: Every Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe.  
Facilitator: Donna Strasser

*Young Adult Support Group
This group is open to all young adults with cancer (ages 18 to 39) and their caregivers (of any age!). 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).

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

• Bereavement support group for young adults post high school through early thirties, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. Meets for six consecutive weeks and pre-registration required.  We begin with a potluck meal at 6:15 p.m., followed by a small group discussion at 6:45 p.m., and ending at 8:15 p.m.  

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: When: 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
    Where: Christus St. John West Building 2035 Space Park Drive, Nassau Bay, TX 77058. St. John West Conference Room-1st floor.
    Facilitator: Diana Vasquez, 713-745-2396
  • Sugar Land: When: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Where: 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.  First Floor Conference Room.  
    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: When: 2nd Wednesday of each month  (except December) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Where: 17198 St. Luke's Way, Suite 130, The Woodlands, TX  77384. Located on the St. Luke's Campus across from the ER.  
    Facilitator: Pamela Schlembach, M.D., 713-563-0050


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

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 each month from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Where: The Woodlands Regional Care Center, Department of Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 17198 St Luke's Way Suite 130, (exit 79 off I-45) The Woodlands, TX 77384
Facilitator: Erika Pomares, LMSW, 713-840-0483,

*Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Education and Support Group
Open to people with any cancer diagnosis and their caregivers.
When: 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Where: MD Anderson Bay Area Regional Care Center, 18100 St. John Drive, Ste. 150 Nassau Bay, Texas 77058.
Facilitator: For more information, please call the LLS Texas Gulf Coast: 713-680-8088

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