Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity for patients, families, and friends to discuss concerns, ask questions, share information about Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and community services, and relate experiences coping with cancer.

The support groups listed below can help patients, families, caregivers, and friends learn more about cancer. Call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or 716-845-8022 for more information or check out the patient calendar for a full list of activities. 

Patient Calendar August 2015

Roswell Park’s Support Groups

BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Caregiver Support Group

On hold until further notice.


Caregiver Support Group

For people who care for a loved one with cancer.

When: Every Wednesday of the month • 12-1 p.m.

Location:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 5 north Conference Room

Facilitator: Ryann Hartmayer, LCSW-R

For more information call 716-845-8201.


Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Support and education to patients with oral and head and neck cancers.

When: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month • 4:30-6 p.m., *No Further meetings until 9/16/15

Location:  Mary & Ralph C. Wilson Counseling Center, 150 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227

Facilitators:, Amy Sumbrum or James Smaldino.

For more information call 716-845-4947.


Ostomy Support Group

Education and support to patients and caregivers adjusting to managing an ostomy.

When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month • 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: Main Hospital, Jacobs Family Conference Room (Room 1320)

Facilitators: Kate Grandits, LMSW, 716-845-8022; Melissa Hiscock, RN, 716-845-4891


Tobacco Cessation Classes

Support and education for people interested in quitting tobacco.

When: Mondays • 12-1:30 p.m. • 6-7:30 p.m.

Location:  Research Studies Center, Prevention Center Conference Room

To register or obtain more information call 716-845-8667.


Tobacco Cessation Support

Drop-in tobacco cessation booster sessions open for everyone. No appointment necessary.

When: Every Friday of the month • 12-1 p.m.

Location:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Room H1320

For more information call 716-845-8803.


Young Adult Support Group

For young adults (18-39 years old) with cancer. 

When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month • 6-7:30 p.m.

Location:  The Key Center, 50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 900

Facilitator: Ryann Hartmayer, LCSW-R

For more information call 716-845-8201.


Additional Support Groups 

Bereavement Group

For people who have lost a family member or friend to cancer.

When: Every first and third Wednesday evening of the month • 6:30-8 p.m

Location: Life Transitions Center, 150 Bennett Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227

For more information, please call the Life Transitions Center at 716-836-6460.


Caregiver Support Group

For people who care for a loved one with cancer.

When: Every Wednesday of the month • 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: Life Transitions Center, 150 Bennett Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227

For more information, please call the Life Transitions Center at 716-836-6460.


Leukemia Lymphoma MDS & Myeloma Family Support Group

All blood cancer group patients, friends, family are welcome, *Does not meet in June & July

When: Second Thursday of the month • 6-7:30 p.m.

Location: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 197 Summer Street, Buffalo, NY 14222


Additional Resources

Look Good . . . Feel Better

This group helps cancer patients cope with appearance-related effects of their treatment by offering skin, hair, and nail care tips; make-up techniques; and wig, scarf, hat, and turban demonstrations. The program is coordinated by the American Cancer Society; the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association; and the National Cosmetology Association.

The program is offered monthly.

Call 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800 227-2345) to register and learn about times.


''US TOO'' Prostate Cancer Support Groups

For prostate cancer patients at all stages of treatment, along with family members and friends. See below for groups and locations. For more information, please call 716-834-9200, x5169 or 716-743-7595.

Cheektowaga Central

When: Every 1st Thursday of the month • 7-9 p.m.

Location: Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joe's Campus (1st floor community room), 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Northtowns

When: Every 1st Tuesday of the month • 7-9 p.m.

Location: VA Medical Center (Room 301), 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215