No matter your diagnosis, cancer can leave you feeling isolated. The following support groups can help you find a community, either in person or online. Remember, whatever you’re going through, someone else has already been through it.
Cancer and Careers provides advice, tools and educational events to help people living with and survivors of cancer navigate the workplace. Visit the site to find regional events and online resources.
Phone: 800‑813‑ 4673
CancerCare is a national organization that provides counseling, support groups, workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. Visit the site for more information.
Cancer Support Community offers social and emotional assistance to people living with cancer anywhere in the world. In addition, CSC focuses on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute. Visit the site to find an affiliate group near you.
Friend for Life is an international network of cancer survivors and caregivers who provide one-on-one emotional and psychosocial support to people recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones, primarily by phone. Visit the site to be matched with a volunteer.
Phone: 866- 463-7626
Imerman Angels connects people living with cancer of any age, anywhere, with people who have survived the same type of cancer. Visit the site to enroll in the program.
Latinas Contra Cancer’s mission is to support Latina women who are living with or have survived cancer and to promote cancer awareness in the Latino community. Join a Spanish-language support group at its Santa Clara County, California, location, or visit the site for international resources.
Malecare is a leading support and advocacy organization for men living with cancer, especially prostate cancer. It focuses on underserved populations and has information available in multiple languages. Visit the site to find a support group near you.
As part of Whitman-Walker Health, Mautner Project offers direct services to members of the LGBTQ community living with cancer, with special programs for seniors and minority women.
The National LGBT Cancer Network provides support to members of the LGBT community who are living with or have survived cancer, as well as cancer education to the LGBT community. Visit the site to find the online support group near you.
Nueva Vida offers information and support and empowers Latino families affected by cancer. Visit the site for services, locations and partners.
Sharsheret serves Jewish women living with breast cancer or who are at increased genetic risk for breast cancer. Visit the site to find a chapter near you.
Sisters Network offers support to breast cancer survivors, with a focus on African-American women, as well as community outreach and education. Visit the site to find an affiliate support group near you.
Stupid Cancer offers guidance and support and empowers young adults (under age 40) affected by cancer. Visit the site to find online resources, meet-ups and a regional chapter near you.
Last Reviewed: November 10, 2017