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. 

Find dates and times for our monthly support groups on the October 2017 Patient Calendar.

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Roswell Park’s Support Groups

BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Patient/Caregiver Support Group

This group offers support and resources for patients and caregivers who have received or are planning to receive a bone marrow transplant.

When: 1st Saturday of every month • 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
            2nd Thursday of every month • 4:30 p.m.  - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Jacobs Conference Room, Main Hospital 1st Floor

For more information, contact Ariel Briguglio, LCSW at 845-8022.


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: 1st Wednesday of every month • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Survivorship and Supportive Care Annex, Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, 3rd floor

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


General Survivor and Caregiver Support Group

When: 3rd Thursday of every month 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Location: Survivorship and Supportive Care Annex, Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, 3rd floor

Contact Ariel Briguglio, LCSW or LuAnn Steven, LMSW at 845-8022 for more information.


Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

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

When: 3rd Wednesday of every 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 and Lung Cancer Caregivers Group

For people touched by lung cancer.

When: 2nd Monday of every month • 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Resource Center, Main Hospital 1st Floor (Inside the Sunflower Café)

For more information call 716-845-8665 or email Odochi.Uwazurike@roswellpark.org.


Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Interested patients, caregivers, family members & friends are encouraged to join us!

When: 4th Wednesday of every month • 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Jacobs Family Conference Room, Main Hospital, 1st Floor

For more information, please call Beth Levin, LMSW, at 716-845-8022 or email RoswellPark@IMFsupport.org.


Ostomy Support Group

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

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

Location: Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, 3rd floor, John Wokasien Conference Room (Room 1320)

Facilitators: Kate Grandits, LMSW, 716-845-8022


Young Adult Workshops

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

When: 4th Monday of every month • 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Survivorship and Supportive Care Center, Scott Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, 3rd floor

For more information call 716-845-8665 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: 3rd Wednesday of every month • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Resource Center, Main Hospital 1st Floor (Inside 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.


Tobacco Cessation Groups

Support and education for people interested in quitting tobacco.

When: Every Monday • 12:30 - 1:30  p.m.

Location: Hohn Auditorium, Research Studies Center, 1st Floor

For more information contact 716-845-8667.


Additional Support Groups 

Cancer Survivor Group

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

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month • 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Support Center, 150 Bennett Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227

For more information, please call the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Support 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 - 7:30 p.m.
            Every fourth Tuesday of the month • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Support Center, 150 Bennett Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227

For more information, please call the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Support 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