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. 

February 2016 Patient Calendar

Roswell Park’s Support Groups

BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Caregiver Support Group

On hold until further notice.


Breast Cancer Support Group

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Attend this free networking support group and talk with other breast cancer survivors about their experiences.

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

Location:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Resource Center (1st floor within the Sunflower Café)

*First time attendees are asked to register in advance by calling 716-845-8665 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


Caregiver Support Group

On hold until further notice.


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 • 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Location:  Kevin Guest House, 782 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Facilitator: Amy Sumbrum

For more information call 716-845-4947.


Lung Cancer Caregivers Group

For people who care for a loved one with lung cancer.

When: November 16, 2015; December 14, 2015; January 25, 2016; February 22, 2016; March 21, 2016; April 18, 2016; May 16, 2016; June 13, 2016 • 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Jacobs Family Conference Room

For more information call 716-845-8865 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


Lung Cancer Support Group

For people who have a current or past diagnosis of lung cancer.

When: November 16, 2015; December 14, 2015; January 25, 2016; February 22, 2016; March 21, 2016; April 18, 2016; May 16, 2016; June 13, 2016 • 5:30-7 p.m.

Location: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Resource Center (located in the back of the cafeteria)

For more information call 716-845-8865 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


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: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 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:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 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, Jacobs Family Conference Room (Room 1320)

For more information call 716-845-8667 or 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:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Center for Genetics and Pharmacology, Zebro Conference Room

Facilitator: Ryann Hartmayer, LCSW-R

For more information call 716-845-8865 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


Young Breast Cancer Support Group

Are you a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 40 or younger? Attend this free networking support group and talk more with other young breast cancer survivors about their experiences.

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

Location:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Resource Center (1st floor within the Sunflower Café)

Facilitator: Lisa Anllo, PhD

*First time attendees are asked to register in advance by calling 716-845-8665 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


Additional Support Groups 

Cancer Survivor Group

Support for men and women who have been diagnosed with any type of 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.


Community Bereavement Group

Support for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.

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

On hold until further notice.


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.

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