Support Groups

Support groups can help cancer patients and their loved ones to better manage the wide range of feelings and fears experienced before, during and after treatment.

Groups Meeting in Lewiston

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 one in a 6-week program, offered 2-3 times annually.

Living Well

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the 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 and 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)

1st and 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 (Lewiston)

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 years old, Pre-assessment required.

Teen Group

Thursdays, 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 and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 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.

Groups Meeting in South Portland

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 one in a 6-week program, offered 2-3 times annually.

Caregiver Support Group

1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The caregiver support group is for people caring for a loved one with a cancer diagnosis.

Weekly Cancer Support Group

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

This group is for adults affected by cancer, their family and friends.

Prostate Cancer Group (South Portland)

2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The prostate cancer group is for men living with prostate cancer. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Face2Face (F2F)

3rd Saturday of each month, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Face2Face is a peer-led social networking group for young women affected by breast cancer. All young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at all stages of treatment, recovery and beyond are welcome. Face2Face is offered in partnership with Young Survival Coalition.

Leukemia, Lymphoma & Multiple Myeloma Support Group

3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

A support group for adults impacted by a diagnosis of leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma – open to both patients and loved ones. This support group is offered in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

1st Tuesday of each month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

A support group for adults impacted by a diagnosis of multiple myeloma – open to both patients and loved ones. This group is offered in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

A NOTE ABOUT SUPPORT GROUPS: Most Dempsey Center support groups are ongoing and welcome new members anytime.  Groups marked by an asterisk (*) require advance registration before attending.