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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 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 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. – 11:30 a.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.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 3 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
Where: 5881 East Mayo Blvd., Classroom 3-102 (3rd Floor) Phoenix, AZ 85054
Contact: Elizabeth Mathew, MSW, LCSW
Phone: 480-342-6088
Note: This group is open to the public and to ALL that are interested in learning more about pancreatic cancer.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center – Scottsdale Healthcare
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Second Monday of each month, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center 1st Floor Education Conference Room, 10460 N. 92nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Contact: Gerrie Jakobs, LCSW
Phone: 480-323-1321
Pre-registration is required, please call 480-323-1321 for more information.
Note: This group welcomes patients and caregivers.

CALIFORNIA

Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Groups
When: Fourth Monday of each month, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 1990 South Bundy Drive, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Contact: Karen Wurtzel
Phone: 310-314-2598
Website: www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org
Note: This group welcomes patients, 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
Contact: Sharon Feigenbaum
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.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Third Thursday of each month, 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: North Building Conference Room C, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills, CA 91345
Contact: Bobby Eghablieh, MD, FACS, Pancreatic Surgeon & Vivian Gonzalez, NP, Oncology Nurse Navigator
Phone: 818-496-7736
Website: www.providence.org/holycross
Note: Open to pancreatic cancer patients and their loved ones.

Stanford Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m. -- 7 p.m.
Where: 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms CC2104 -- CC2105, Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-725-9456
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
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.cancersupportdelaware.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 p.m. – 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 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Winship Cancer Institute at Emory, Building C – 4th Floor Conference Room, 1365 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
Contact: Joseph Pfeffer
Phone: 404-778-5976
Email: joseph.pfeffer@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 validation is provided for the parking deck at the end of the group meeting.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group

When: First Monday of each month, 6 p.m. – 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.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital
Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group
When: Fourth Monday of each month, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 775 Polar Rd., Suite 340, Piedmont Medical Plaza, Newnan, GA 30265
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 Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
When: Third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL 60521
Facilitator: Maigenete Mengesha
Phone: 630-654-5111
Email: mmengesha@wellnesshouse.org
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 Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
When:  Second Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. – 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.

LOUISIANA

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
Pancreatic Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

When: First Friday of each month, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: 550 Lobdell Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Contact: Esther Sachse
Phone:  225-927-2273
Email: esachse@cancerservices.org
Note: Lunch is provided. 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
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 p.m. – 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 Wednesday of each month, 9 a.m. – 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 p.m. – 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: 6612-676-5721
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: Third Tuesday of each month, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Piper Building, Suite 602, 913 East 28th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Sarah Johnson
Phone: 612-863-1704
Email: sarah.johnson5@allina.com
Note: This group welcome patients, family and friends.

MISSOURI

Cancer Support Community – St. Louis
Ann Arenberg Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group
When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Siteman Cancer Center West County, 10 Barnes West Drive, Medical Office Building 2, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Phone: 314-238-2000
Website: http://www.cancersupportstl.org
Note: 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 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Herbert Irving Pavilion, 13th Floor — Flood Conference Room, 161 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY 10032
Contact: E. Angela Heller, LMSW
Direct Phone Line: 212-305-2347
Main Phone Line:  212-305-9467
Email:  lipschi@nyp.org
Website: http://columbiasurgery.org/pancreas/pancreatic-cancer-support-group
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 p.m. – 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
Contact: Tracy Berger
Phone: 919-681-6835
Note: This group welcomes patients and their family members. Refreshments will be provided, and parking passes are available; no registration required.

OHIO

ProMedica Flower Hospital
Whipple Support Group

When: Meets quarterly, please call about upcoming meetings
Where: ProMedica Flower Hospital – Board Room: 5200 Harroun Road Sylvania, OH 43560
Contact: Lauren Pakosz
Phone: 419-291-2671
Email: lauren.pakosz@promedica.org
Note: This group is free to Whipple patients, caregivers, family members and friends. Please call for meeting information.

Seidman Cancer Center
Life After the Whipple
When: Takes place several times throughout the year; call for more information
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 214 (second floor), 1106 N. Stonewall Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Contact: Daniel Brackett
Phone: 404-271-2108
Email: daniel-brackett@ouhsc.edu

PENNSYLVANIA

Cancer Support Community – Greater Lehigh Valley
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: 944 Marcon Blvd., Suite 110, Allentown, PA
Contact: Jen Sinclair, LPC
Phone: (610) 861-7555
Email: jsinclair@cancersupportglv.org
Note: This group addresses the unique needs and concerns of people affected by pancreatic cancer. Find support and information by meeting others who share your experiences. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Sponsored by J’s Run organization. Discussion group as well as occasional guest speakers or educational topics.

Our Clubhouse
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

When: Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Contact: Mike Bowersox
Phone: 412-338-1919
Website: http://ourclubhouse.org/
Note: This group welcomes patients, family members, and friends.

Abramson Cancer Center
Pancreatic Cancer Networking Group
When: Fourth Wednesday of the Month from 3 p.m. -- 5 p.m.
Where: The Perelman Center, 3400 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia PA, 19104; Patient and Family Services Department Conference Room; 1st Floor, South Pavilion
Contact: Megan Melick, LSW
Phone: 215-360-0570
Email: megan.melick@uphs.upenn.edu

TENNESSEE

Kosten Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
When: Second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. – Noon
Where: Cordova Public Library, 8457 Trinity Road, Cordova TN 38108
Contact: Kathryn Gilbert Craig
Phone: 901-832-4782
Email: kgilbertcraig@comcast.net
Website: http://www.kostenfoundation.com
Note: This group welcomes patients, family and friends.

TEXAS

Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Pancreatic Cancer/Whipple Support Group
When: Second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Weatherford Conference Room, First Floor, 1441 N Beckley Avenue, Dallas, TX 75203
Contact: Candice DeLuna
Phone: 214-947-1781
Email: candicedeluna@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 p.m. – 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 p.m. – 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: Christa Brakob, clbrakob@hotmail.com, 757-470-8424
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, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Gilda’s Club Madison, 7907 UW Health Court, Middleton, WI 53562
Contact: Mary Mulkerin
Phone: 608-265-1700, or Gilda’s Club Madison, 608-828-8880
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.

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