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 May 2015

Roswell Park’s Support Groups

BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Caregiver Support Group
On hold until further notice.
 

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 
 

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.

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

Facilitators:
Amy Sumbrum or James Smaldino
Speech Pathology Department
Head and Neck Dental Center
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

Additional support groups held in collaboration with the Life Transitions Center

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.
 

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.
 

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.

When:
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