Support Groups

From Cancer to Health

A Stress Management and Coping Intervention: Offered twice annually, From Cancer to Health is an innovative, evidence-based program designed to help participants reduce stress, improve coping skills, and strengthen their social support system, while minimizing physical side effects from treatment.  This 8-week group is appropriate for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer or who are currently in treatment. Pre-registration is required.

Grief After Cancer Loss

Coping with the death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. This group offers adults an opportunity to learn about grief and how to adjust to the loss of a loved on in a 6 week program, offered 2-3 times annually.

Living Well

Starting in June, Living Well will decrease from weekly to twice/month sessions:
2nd and 4th Wednesdays/month, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Open to adults with any type of cancer, at any stage, at any point along the journey from diagnosis through survivorship, along with their adult family members and friends. Through discussion and guided exercises, participants will have the opportunity to explore what it means to live well when cancer has impacted your life.

Living With Hope and Living With Hope Companion Group

1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
A group for people impacted by metastatic and/or advanced cancer. Through discussion and guided exercises, participants will have the opportunity to explore ways to cope with the challenges of living with (or loving somebody who has) advanced illness and to continue to find meaning and hope. Individuals with advanced cancer meet together, while loved ones/companions will meet in a separate group. A telephone consult with a facilitator is required before attending.

NOMO (Not on My Own)

Last meeting before summer break will be May 1.  No meetings June-August, but there are two special young adult gatherings planned — see our program calendar for more information.
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
A social support group for young adults, ages 19-39, impacted by cancer.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Last Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Education and support for men living with prostate cancer, also open to their loved ones/caregivers. Sessions involve both guest presenters and open forums for discussion.

Support for Seedlings

Mondays, 4:15-5pm
This activity-based support group created just for kids impacted by cancer meets weekly and offers a regular time to connect with other children, understand their cancer experience better, and learn how to cope with the many difficult feelings that are experienced.

Appropriate for ages 6-12 year old, Pre-assessment required.

Teen Group

Every Thursday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This group for adolescents, ages 12+, offers a comfortable environment to talk, learn more about cancer, and engage in activities with other teens impacted by cancer.

Tobacco Support Group

Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave, Lewiston
Peer-facilitated, the tobacco support group is open to anyone interested in quitting tobacco. This group is offered in collaboration with Healthy Androscoggin.

Women’s Cancer Support Group

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
This group is open for women with any type of cancer at any point along their journey from diagnosis through survivorship.

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Testimonials

The Dempsey Center looks not only at the whole person, but also assists the whole family.  As a spouse of a cancer survivor, I appreciate that a lot.  We’re going through this process and healing together.

- Janet Bunford

The Dempsey Center helped me see the possibility of tomorrow and (gave me) an appreciation for today. I was introduced to the concept of treating the mind, body, and soul while enduring the physical treatments cancer required. With the lessons I’ve learned through the services of the Dempsey Center, my post-cancer life is far better than my pre-cancer life. Hope and healing are essential ingredients for all patients, family and friends of cancer warriors. Without the Dempsey Center, my journey, and my family’s experience, would have been much different. I wish every cancer patient had a ‘Dempsey Center’ – the place that allows them to heal.

- Cara Chasse