In-person Support and Networking Groups

Connecting with other survivors, caregivers and loved ones in-person can be a wonderful source of support and encouragement for those dealing with pancreatic cancer.  In-person support and networking groups offer opportunities for people with pancreatic cancer and their family members to share experiences with others.  Most in-person support groups are guided and facilitated by a professional counselor, social worker or nurse.

The PALS program maintains a list of in-person pancreatic cancer specific support groups across the United States.

While we do our best to keep this list up-to-date, it is not comprehensive.  We suggest calling ahead to each group of interest before attending, as some groups may require advance registration or there may be a change of time or location without notice.

ARIZONA

Cancer Support Community Arizona
Pancreatic Learn and Support Group
When: Second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m.
Where: 360 E Palm Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-712-1006
Website: www.cscaz.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Last Friday of each month, 11 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Where: Room 1127, AZ Cancer Center – North Campus, 3838 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719
Contact: Lynn Barwick
Phone:  520-694-1855
Email:  lynn.barwick@uahealth.com
Website: http://azcc.arizona.edu/node/5007
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.  This group is a forum to share feelings and hear guest speakers.

CALIFORNIA

Cancer Support Community -- Benjamin Center
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Groups
When: Fourth Monday of each month, 5 -- 7 p.m.
Where: 1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-314-2555
Website: www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org
Note: There are two pancreatic cancer groups held at this time.  One group is for patients and the other is for caregivers and family members.

Cancer Support Community- Redondo Beach
Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Networking Group

When: First Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Where: 109 West Torrance Boulevard, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: 310-376-3550

Website: www.cancersupportredondobeach.org
Note: Neuroendocrine carcinoma is a rare type of pancreatic cancer; this group is not intended for patients with adenocarcinoma, which is the most common type.

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: Third Wednesday of each month, 2:30 -- 4 p.m.
Where: 3rd Floor, Room 3305, 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
Contact: Debbie Soldano, RN, dsoldano@ucsd.edu, 858-822-6243 or Blair Buckman, bbuckman@ucsd.edu, 858-822-7902
Website: http://cancer.ucsd.edu/coping/support-services/Pages/support-groups.aspx
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends. There is also a parking fee of $4.00 for the first 2 hours.

Stanford Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 6 -- 8 p.m.
Where: 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor Conference Room CC2105, Stanford, CA 94305
Contact: Primary: Betsy Harris, 650-743-4672, elharris@stanfordmed.org or Secondary: Holly Gautier, 650-725-9481, hgautier@stanfordmed.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

University Surgical Associates
Pancreatic Cancer Patient Support Group

When: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 5 p.m.
Where: 7415 N Cedar Avenue, Suite 102, Fresno, CA 93720
Contact: Jenny Eastman
Phone: 559-435-6600
Website: http://universitymds.com/index.php?req=core_viewprofile&u=122
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Pancreatic-Cancer-Patient-Support-Group/163932793760701
Note: Please call ahead to reserve a seat, as seating is limited. This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

DELAWARE

Cancer Support Community -- Delaware
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group
When: First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m.
Where: New Castle County Office, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Contact:  Sean Hebbel, LCSW
Phone: 302-995-2850
Email: shebbel@cscde.org
Website: www.wellnessdelaware.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

FLORIDA

Lynn Regional Cancer Institute
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: Second Thursday of each month, 4 – 5 p.m.
Where: Lynn Cancer Institute-Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, 701 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL, 33486
Phone: 561-955-5371 or 561-955-6469
Note: Gastrointestinal cancer survivors and their families/caregivers are welcome to attend.

GEORGIA

Emory Winship Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: First Thursday of each month, 6:30 -- 8 p.m.
Where: Winship Cancer Institute at Emory, Building C – 4th Floor Conference Room, 1365 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
Contact: Maggie Hughes
Phone: 404-778-5976
Email: margaret.hughes@emoryhealthcare.org
Note: This support group is open to current patients, survivors and caregivers. A light dinner will be provided to participants. Please RSVP. Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the valet area.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: First Monday of each month, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Suite 3100, 1255 Hwy 54 West, Fayetteville, GA 30214
Contact: Tavari Brown
Phone: 770-719-5861
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

ILLINOIS

Wellness House
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group
This group is supported by the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
When: Third Thursday of each month, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Facilitator: Eva Erikson
Phone: 630-323-5150
Website: www.wellnesshouse.org/
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

Cancer Wellness Center
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group
This group is supported by the Michael Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
When:  Second Thursday of each month, 5:30 -- 7 p.m.
Where:  215 Revere Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062
Facilitator: Katie Salyer, Psy.D.
Phone: 847-509-9595
Website: www.cancerwellness.org/
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends. Please call ahead to confirm meeting dates.

KENTUCKY

Gilda’s Club Louisville
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: First and third Tuesday of each month, 1:30 -- 3:00 pm
633 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
Phone: 502-583-0075
Contact name: Judy Bryant
Email: judy@gildasclublouisville.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

LOUISIANA

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
Pancreatic Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

When: First Monday of each month, 12 p.m.
Where: 550 Lobdell Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Contact:  Jackie
Phone:  225-927-2273
Email:  jwoods@cancerservices.org
Note: Lunch is provided. Please RSVP in advance. This group welcomes survivors and caregivers.

Oschner Medical Center -- Kenner
Neuroendocrine tumor and Carcinoid Patient Support Group

When: Twice a year, Last Sunday of June and January, 3 p.m.
Where: Creole Room (1st Floor of Hospital), 180 West Esplanade Avenue, Kenner, LA 70065
Contact: louisiana.nets@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ochsner.org/programs/louisiana_carcinoid_net_patient_support_group/
Note: Neuroendocrine carcinoma is a rare type of pancreatic cancer, and this group is not intended for patients with adenocarcinoma, which is the most common type. Light refreshments will be served.

MICHIGAN

Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: First Wednesday of each month, 6:30 -- 8 p.m.
Where: 3517 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: 248-577-0800
Website: www.gildasclubdetroit.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

MINNESOTA

Coborn Cancer Center
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: First Tuesday of each month, 9 -- 10:30 a.m.
Where: Centracare Plaza, Administrative Conference Room, 1900 Centracare Circle, St. Cloud, MN 56303
Contact: Amy Stolt
Phone: 320.229.5199 ext 71791
Email: stolta@centracare.com
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

University of Minnesota
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: First Thursday of each month, 4:30- 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 2500 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Contact: Kelli Johnson
Phone: 612-379-6352
Email: kjohnson12@umphysicians.umn.edu
Note: This group welcomes all patients, family and friends affected by pancreatic cancer.  Parking is free and is available at the Hope Lodge Parking Lot.  On occasion, this group will host a speaker for the first hour.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: First and Third Tuesday of each month, 4 -- 5:30 p.m.
Where: Piper Building, 6th floor classroom, 800 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Marie Kramer
Phone: 612-863-7553
Email: marie.kramer@allina.com

Note: The group meeting on the first Tuesday is specifically for advanced stage pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Both groups welcome patients, family and friends.

MISSOURI

Cancer Support Community – St. Louis
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 1 -- 2:30 p.m.
Where: Siteman Cancer Center West County, Medical Office Building 2, 12634 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: 314-238-2000
Website: http://www.cancersupportstl.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

NEW JERSEY

Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: Third Tuesday of each month, 11 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
Where: 3rd Floor Conference Room, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07962
Contact: Diane Haley
Phone: 973-971-6299

Gilda’s Club – Northern New Jersey
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 3:30 -- 5 p.m.
Where: 575 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Contact: Carley Anne Tsaglos
Phone: 201-457-1670 ext. 125
Email: carleyt@gildasclubnnj.org
Website: http://www.gildasclubnnj.org
Note: This group is for both patients and caregivers.

Valley Hospital
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group -- Living with Pancreatic Cancer

When: Third Thursday of each month, 1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Valley Hospital’s Luckow Pavilion, Second Floor Conference Room, 1 Valley Health Plaza, Paramus, NJ 07652
Contact: Stacey Azzolino
Phone: 201-634-5391
Note: For the first half of this meeting, this group will host a speaker who will present on a topic of interest to those living with pancreatic cancer. The second half of the meeting will be a moderated support group. This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

NEW YORK

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group
When: This group occurs monthly
Where: Luellen Patient & Family Resource Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642
Facilitator: Patrice Rogers, LMSW
Phone: 585-275-5908
Email: patrice_rogers@urmc.rochester.edu
Website: www.urmc.rochester.edu/cancer-center/patients-families/support/support-groups.aspx

Note: This group is for both patients and caregivers.

The Pancreas Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Third Tuesday of each month, 4 -- 5 p.m.
Where: The Pancreas Center, Conference Room HIP 5th floor, 161 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Contact:  Geri Lipschitz, LCSW, ACSW
Direct Phone Line:  212-305-2527
Main Phone Line:  212-305-9467
Email:  lipschi@nyp.org
Website: http://pancreasmd.org/support_group.html
Note: This group is for both patients and caregivers. Refreshments will be provided.

NORTH CAROLINA

Duke University Cancer Center
Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: First and Third Tuesday of each month, 2 -- 3:30 p.m.
Where: Duke Cancer Center, Room 0N01 (0 Level Conference Room by Cancer Center Cafe), 20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-684-4497
Note: This group welcomes patients and their family members. Refreshments will be provided, and parking passes are available; no registration required.

OHIO

Seidman Cancer Center

Life After the Whipple
When: Fourth Monday of each April, July, and October, 6 -- 7:30 p.m.
Where: 11100 Euclid Avenue, Learner Tower, Room 2060, Cleveland, OH 44106
Contact: Kathleen Stanek
Phone: 216-286-3574
Note: Please RSVP in advance.

OKLAHOMA

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – Oklahoma City
Southwest Program for Pancreas Cancer
Oklahoma City Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Last Thursday of each month, 6 p.m.
Where: David L. Boren Student Union, Room 265 (second floor), 1106 N. Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Contact: Daniel Brackett
Phone: 405-271-2108 or 405-480-8236
Email: daniel-brackett@ouhsc.edu
Website: www.stephensoncancercenter.org/Patients/SupportiveCare/PatientServices/PatientEducationandResources/SupportGroups.aspx

PENNSYLVANIA

Our Clubhouse
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: This group will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Contact: Mike Bowersox
Phone: 412-338-1919
Website: http://ourclubhouse.org/
Note: The first meeting will be Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This group welcomes patients, family members, and friends.

TENNESSEE

Kosten Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
Where: Cordova Public Library, 8457 Trinity Road, Cordova TN 38108
Contact: Linda Gray or Dr. Stephen W. Behrman
Phone: 901-448-3234
Email: lagray@uthsc.edu
Website: http://www.kostenfoundation.com
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

TEXAS

Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Second Monday of each month, 6 -- 8 p.m.
Where: Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Fogelson Building, Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-345-4054

Note: This group welcomes patients, family members and friends.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Pancreatic Cancer/Whipple Support Group
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 6:15 -- 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of November and December, when the group will meet on the first Tuesday)
Where: Weatherford Conference Room, 1441 N Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Tanyss Winston
Phone: 214-947-1781
Email: tanysswinston@mhd.com

Note: This group welcomes patients, family members and friends.

UTMB Cancer Center
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: Second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 -- 6:30 p.m.
Where: Rebecca Sealy Building, Room 1.132, UTMB Campus (corner of Market and 8th Street), Galveston, TX 77555
Contact: Robert Webster
Phone: 409-789-5074
Email: captrwebster@aol.com
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends. Parking after 5 p.m. is available in open lot RHT on the corner of Post Office and 8th streets. Use the access door on Post Office to enter the Rebecca Sealy Building.

VIRGINIA

Tidewater Virginia Survivors’ Support Group
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Third Wednesday of each month, 7- 8 p.m.
Where: Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Contact: Group Facilitator, Jim Sullivan, jvsullspot@verizon.net, 757-499-8083, or Secondary Contact: Gerry LaPlante, proequip@verizon.net, 757-483-1572
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

WASHINGTON, DC

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center/Georgetown University Hospital
GI Cancer Resource and Support Group

When: First and Third Monday of each month, 11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Where: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Leonard Ellentuck, LICSW, 202-444-6288
Note: Please call ahead for meeting location details. This group is for patients, family members and caregivers of patients with GI cancers.

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center
Gastrointestinal Support Group

When:  Third Wednesday of each month, 2 -- 4 p.m.
Where:  Gilda’s Club Madison, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton, WI 53562
Contact: Kathy Rothering
Phone: 608-263-5384
Note: This support group is for anyone affected by a GI cancer. The meetings will focus around educational presentations and mutual support. Parking is free with validation.