Breast Cancer Support Groups
in San Diego County

*Please note that due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, support groups are not meeting in-person at this time. Please contact the in-person group facilitators or venues to find out about online meetings or other options.

Virtual Support Groups

Young Cancer Patients and Caregivers Online Mindfulness Classes

True North Treks just announced free, drop-in video mindfulness classes starting in April. These sessions will be taught by guides who typically lead outdoor treks in the wilderness.

When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm (PST)

Register Here

Balboa Park Holistic Wellness Center Virtual Breast Cancer Support Group

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 14 from 6-7:30pm.

Register and see schedule here.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) Virtual Hangouts

Young adults with breast cancer can connect with others from the comfort of their own home. They can grow relationships with their peers who may share similar diagnoses, life experiences or treatment types.

F2F Virtual Hangout

Come one, come all! This general Virtual Hangout is meant to replicate our in-person Face2Face support networks. Each meeting is topic-driven by a peer lead and open to any person diagnosed with breast cancer age 40 and under.

When: Every Wednesday

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register Here

 

YSC Virtual Hangout for Metastatic Thrivers

Join YSC’s Virtual Hangout for Metastatic Thrivers to talk with other metastatic young adults, ask questions, share your experience and make connections. This group is open only to young breast cancer thrivers who are managing stage IV breast cancer. The group is facilitated by Krista Nelson.

When: First Monday of the Month

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register Here

 

YSC Virtual Hangout for African American Young Breast Cancer Survivors

YSC has partnered with For the Breast of Us to host a virtual hangout exclusively for our African-American Young Breast Cancer Survivors to meet with their peers. This group is peer led by Beth GoodmanJasmine SouersMicky Stewart, and Marissa Thomas.

When: Last Sunday of the Month

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register Here

 

YSC Virtual Hangout for Male Co-Survivors

Sometimes you just need to hear what it’s like for other people. In this YSC Virtual Hangout, you can meet other guys supporting the survivors they love, just like you. For male co-survivors only. The group is facilitated by Barnaby Cook and Ryan Cassidy.

When: Last Tuesday of the Month

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register Here

 

YSC Virtual Hangout for Mother Co-Survivors

Moms who care for their young adults diagnosed with breast cancer manage a delicate terrain of respecting boundaries. Come join moms to share in a confidential space with others who understand what it is like for your child to be living with breast cancer. This group is peer led by Melissa Bonsall.

When: Meets monthly

Register Here

 

YSC Virtual Hangout for Healthcare Survivors

Young breast cancer survivors who are also healthcare providers – YSC has an online group for you! Come together with others familiar to wearing these two hats and share in a safe space. The group is facilitated by Erin Price.

When: Meets quarterly

Register Here

Be Well Therapy Inc.

All classes are donation based/pay as you can, but if you are having financial difficulties, please enjoy the classes for free. To obtain log in information please click here.

Group Therapy/Support Group with Cindy

When: Sundays

Time: 2:15pm-3:15 pm (PST)

Register Here

 

Yoga with Debbie and Olivia

When: Mondays

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm (PST)

Register Here

 

Bilingual (English & Spanish) Yoga with Patricia

When: Mondays

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm (PST)

Register Here

 

Yoga with Lisa and Sandie

When: Tuesdays

Time: 12pm-1 pm (PST)

Register Here

 

Restorative Yoga with Jessica

When: Wednesdays

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm (PST)

Register Here

 

Yoga with Mary and Deb

When: Thursdays

Time: 12pm-1pm (PST)

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Yoga with Melissa

When: Saturdays

Time: 10am-11am (PST)

Register Here

 

Yoga with Heidi and Jamie

When: Sundays

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm (PST)

Register Here

In-Person Support Groups (currently not meeting in-person, please contact about current availability)

Open to anyone who is living with breast cancer.

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month

Address:
2301 6th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92191

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Contact: Lisa Nicholson, L.Ac. (619)772-4002 (call or text) or preregister through Event Brite here.

Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion

Breast Cancer Support Group

When: 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month

Address:
Radiation Oncology, Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Phone: (858) 939-5632

Sharp Grossmont Long Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Support Group – open to women in all stages of their breast cancer diagnosis except for those with metastatic disease.

When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month

Address:
Sharp Grossmont Long Cancer Center – Conference Room
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


“Man Cave” Men’s Cancer Support Group – open to men in all stages of their cancer diagnosis.

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month

Address:
Sharp Grossmont Long Cancer Center – Conference Room
5555 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Contact:
Linda Hutkin-Slade, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
619-740-5531

Conference room phone number:
619-740-4360

Kaiser Permanente

Breast Cancer Support Group

When: 4th Thursday of the month

Address:
Orcutt Administration Building, Room B—behind Zion Medical Center
4511 Orcutt Avenue
San Diego, CA 92120

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

UCSD Moores Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support

When: Third Wednesday of each month (no group in December) *group subject to change in 2020*

Address:
UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Goldberg Auditorium (follow signs)
3855 Health Sciences Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Laurie Knight, LCSW facilitator 858-249-3166

Scripps Memorial Hospital

Scripps Encinitas Breast Cancer Support Group (Breast Cancer Support Group for men and women who are going through or have completed breast cancer treatment.)

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month

Address:
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, California 92024

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Scripps Mercy Chula Vista

Breast Cancer Support Group

When: 1st & 3rd Monday of every month

Address:
Scripps Mercy Well Being Center
237 Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Phone: (619) 862-6600
E-mailpacheco.shirley@scrippshealth.org


Breast Cancer Support Group in Mandarin

When: 2nd Saturday of every month

Address:
Herald Christian Center
4282 Genesee Avenue., Ste 102
San Diego, CA 92117

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
RSVP: (858) 598-6875

General Cancer Support Groups

General Cancer Support Group

Address:
Kaiser Permanente San Marcos
400 Craven Road
San Marcos, CA 9207838

Meet at 2nd floor Oncology Waiting Room

When: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10am-11:30am


“Making Today Count” General Cancer Support Group

Address: 

Kaiser Permanente
4511 Orcutt Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Room B

When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Contact: Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW 619-528-3152


Newly Diagnosed Women’s Cancer Support Group

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
769 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 10:30 am to 12 pm


Women’s Cancer Support Group

Address:
Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Education Classroom
15611 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

When: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – Noon


Cancer Support Group for patients/survivors and caregiver/family

Address:
Herrick Library (Community Room)
9001 Wakarusa St
La Mesa, CA 91942

When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Pre-registration is required to attend these groups and no walk-ins will be allowed.

Contact:  Sara at (619) 890-9730


Women’s Cancer Support Group

Address:
Tri City Medical Center, French Room 1
4002 VISTA WAY,
OCEANSIDE, CA 92056

When: 2nd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

(760) 940-3540

https://www.tricitymed.org/medical-services/cancer/cancer-support-wellness/cancer-support-group/


Herald Cancer Support Group

General cancer support group in Mandarin

Address:
Herald Christian Center
4282 Genesee Avenue, Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92117

When: 2nd Saturday of each month
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
RSVP: (858)598-6875

Caregiver and Family Support Groups

Free support group for family and friends of cancer patients

Address:
Sharp Grossmont Long Cancer Center Conference Room
5555 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

When: 3rd Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 pm


Free support group for family and friends of cancer patients

Address:
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavillion Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

When: 2nd Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Please call (858) 939-5632 for times and to register


Cancer Caregiver Education and Support Group

Address:
UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Room 3106, third floor
3855 Health Sciences Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

When: Usually first and third Tuesday of the month, 2-3:30 pm


Kaiser Permanente Coping with Cancer Together – for people with advanced cancer and their caregivers

Address:

400 Craven Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

When: 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00-3:30pm

Please Register: Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW 619-528-3152


Children and Family Cancer Support Group (free support group led by a clinical counselor designed to help kids cope with having an adult loved one with cancer)

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
769 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: First Monday of the month, 4-5:30 pm


Cancer Support Group for patients/survivors and caregiver/family

Address:
Herrick Library (Community Room)
9001 Wakarusa St
La Mesa, CA 91942

When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Pre-registration is required to attend these groups and no walk-ins will be allowed.

Contact:  Sara at (619) 890-9730

Metastatic and Advanced Disease Support Groups

Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

Address:
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion Radiation Oncology, Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

When: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10 to 11 am

Please call (858) 939-5632 to register


Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Conference Room
769 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: 1st Fridays, 10:30 am to 12 pm


Young Patients Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

Address:
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion Radiation Oncology, Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

When: 1st Mondays and 3rd Thursdays

Please call (858) 939-5632 for times and to register


Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Address:
Kaiser Permanente Room B—Behind Zion Medical Center
4511 Orcutt Avenue
San Diego, CA 92120

When: 4th Thursday of each month
Time: 5:00 PM -6:30 PM

Facilitated by:
Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW (619) 528-3152


Kaiser Permanente Coping with Cancer Together – for people with advance cancer and their caregivers

Address:

3411 Orcutt Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Room B

When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Please Register: Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW 619-528-3152


Kaiser Permanente Coping with Cancer Together – for people with advance cancer and their caregivers

Address:

400 Craven Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92078

When: 4th Wednesday of each month, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Please Register: Debra Stern-Ellis, LCSW 619-528-3152

Young Cancer Patient Support Groups

Free cancer support group for patients in their 20s, 30s and early 40 with advanced cancer

Address:
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion Radiation Oncology, Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

When: 1st Mondays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm


Free cancer support group for patients in their 20s, 30s and early 40 with stage 0-III cancer

Address:
Sharp Memorial Outpatient Pavilion Radiation Oncology Conference Room
3075 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

When: 2nd Mondays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm


Peer-facilitated Young Women’s Breast Cancer Forum and Support Group (for breast cancer patients ages 40 and under) Young Survival Coalition

Address:
Scripps Polster Breast Care Center
9850 Genesee Ave.
Suite 170 in La Jolla

When: 1st Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1 pm; 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 pm

Contact 858-553-8389 to confirm room location


Peer-facilitated Young Women’s Breast Cancer Forum and Support Group (for breast cancer patients ages 40 and under) Young Survival Coalition

Address:
Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center Conference Room 3
6250 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009

When: 3rd Thursday, 6pm-7:30pm


Peer-facilitated Young Women’s Breast Cancer Forum and Support Group (for breast cancer patients ages 40 and under) Young Survival Coalition

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center
769 Medical Center Ct.
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: 2nd Thursday, 5:30pm-7pm


Haus of Volta: Young Survivor One-on-One Support

Please Contact: Hausofvolta@hotmail.com

Support Groups for Black/African American Women

Breast Cancer Support Group – Many Shades of Pink Foundation

Address:
Malcolm X Library
5146 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92114

When: Third Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Bilingual Support Groups

Grupo Esperanza: Spanish-Speaking Patient Support

Address:
UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Cuarto 3079, 3er Piso
3855 Health Sciences Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093

When: Second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Grupo de Apoyo Para Mujeres con un Recién Diagnosis de Cáncer

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
769 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: Primer y tercer Lunes de cada mes, 1 to 2:30 pm (1st & 3rd Monday of the month)


Poder – Breast Cancer Support Groups for Spanish-Speakers

Address:
San Ysidro Health Center– San Ysidro
4050 Beyer Blvd
San Ysidro, California 92173

When: 4th Wed of each month, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Poder – Breast Cancer Support Groups for Spanish-Speakers

Address:
San Ysidro Health – Chula Vista
678 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA, 91910

When: 1st Wed of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


We Support U – Spanish Breast Cancer Support Group

Address:

Rice School
348 L Street, Room 805
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Aida Gonzalez 619-985-0408

www.wesupportu.org


Cantonese and Mandarin Breast Cancer Support Group

Address:
San Diego Herald Center
4282 Genesee Ave
San Diego, California 92117

When: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Vamos a Charlar Support Group

Address:
Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center
4725 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92101

When: 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Support Group Facilitator: Alma Daneshi, three-time cancer survivor

For more information:  (619) 646-2260


Scripps Mercy Chula Vista Breast Cancer Support

Address:
Scripps Mercy Well Being Center
237 Church Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

When: 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 10:00am-11:30 a.m.

Contact:  (619) 862-6600 or pacheco.shirley@scrippshealth.org

Survivor Support Groups

Women’s Cancer Survivor Support Group (Free support group for women who are new or long-term cancer survivors)

Address:
Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
769 Medical Center Court
Chula Vista, CA 91911

When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays, 10:30 am to 12 pm

Telephone Based Support

Susan G. Komen Helpline

Our Breast Care Helpline 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) provides free, professional support services to anyone with breast cancer questions or concerns, including men diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. Calls are answered by a trained and caring staff member Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET and from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PT. You can also email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.

Our free, 12-week telephone support groups for men with breast cancer provide a safe place for men to discuss the challenges of breast cancer, get information and exchange support. To learn more, call the Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) or email helpline@komen.org.

The Komen Breast Care Helpline also offers:

  • Breast health and breast cancer information,
  • Support and counseling to anyone with questions or concerns,
  • Clinical trial information,
  • Information about local organizations and resources that may provide financial assistance and other support services,
  • Low-cost mammography resources; and
  • Educational materials.

Reach to Recovery Support Program (American Cancer Society)

Breast cancer survivors reach out to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

website: http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/reach-to-recovery

phone: (800) 227-2345


USC Telehealth

Live professional counseling and therapy services delivered via computer in homes of individuals, couples, families, older adults, service members, and veterans who are California residents. To receive these services, clients must have a computer or laptop less than 4 years old, webcam, and high-speed internet.  This is convenient (no driving), private, confidential, free and sponsored by University of Southern California.

website: https://dworakpeck.usc.edu/research/centers-affiliations/telehealth

phone:  (866) 740-6502