Patient Activities and Support Groups

When cancer becomes a part of your life, it’s more important than ever to hold on to a sense of normalcy. Caring for yourself and finding joy and satisfaction in everyday life is vital to maintaining your emotional and spiritual health. By doing that, you’re helping your body battle your illness.

At City of Hope, we’ve spent over 100 years helping patients fight life-threatening illnesses, and we understand the positive effects of keeping the mind and spirit strong during your cancer journey.

So we provide a wide range of patient activities and support groups to meet a patient’s need for connection and support. Look through the list below: to get more information on any of these or to R.S.V.P. to an upcoming class or event, visit our Supportive Services Calendar.

Educational Classes and Support Groups

City of Hope offers several specialized support groups to foster education, networking andempowerment among patients and caregivers who are going through similar experiences. Classes may vary depending on season. Please call the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at 626-218-CARE (2273) for current class and support group schedules. Our educational classes and support groups include:

Patient and Family Orientation Class
This class is an essential education for all patients and family members. Learn who to call for answers and assistance, and how to get the most out of your care. Discover the supportive and practical resources available, including educational classes and financial services. This class is also offered in Spanish.

Chemotherapy Education for Patients and Caregivers
Learn how to manage side effects, get answers to your questions on what to expect with chemotherapy treatment, and find resources for information and support.

The Power of Healthy Eating
Nutrition and physical activity are the most important modifiable determinants of cancer risk. Learn how to incorporate good nutrition and physical activity in your life. Sample a healthy, easy to prepare dish that meets cancer prevention guidelines.

Caregivers Connect
Caregivers Connect is a place for caregivers to take time to relax, get support and get to know other caregivers. Light refreshments are served.

Chinese American Cancer Support Group
In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, City of Hope hosts an education and support group for Chinese-American patients and families who are battling or have battled cancer.
 
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Education and Support Group
Sponsored by the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Society, this group provides education and support while offering the opportunity to discuss concerns with others.

Bereavement Support Groups
These groups are open to surviving spouses, caregivers, siblings and children who have experienced cancer-related deaths. Preregistration is required for this 12-week series.

Coping with Head and Neck Cancer
Join this group to learn from each other’s experience, obtain tips and tools to help manage stress, and learn how you can best support your family.

Couples: Essential Skills for Overcoming the Challenges of Cancer Together
Gain knowledge about specific techniques to enhance open and honest communication. Learn practical behaviors that will strengthen your relationship. Practice effective problem solving skills together. Each group will be interactive and focus on a different topic.

Empowering Young Adults
This education program is focused on young adults who have cancer. Patients (ages 18 to 29) currently going through active treatment are invited to attend a free six-week educational/peer support program to increase their knowledge of treatment-related issues, resources and coping skills. Topics include strategies for symptom management and communication, understanding and managing relationships, independence while undergoing treatment, and more.

Laryngectomee Support Group
Find support with others who have also undergone a laryngectomy. Offered quarterly: April, July, October.
 
Leukemia, Lymphoma & Multiple Myeloma Patient Connections
Find strength, support and connect with others. Light refreshments are served.

Living Well with Diabetes
This class provides opportunity to meet with others who live and cope with diabetes.

Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group is a safe space for men to express their concerns to men, share experiences and relate to others coping with the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. Spouses/partners are welcome.


Integrative Therapies


Art, music, literature and meditation are all known to lift the human spirit. At our Duarte campus, we offer a number of classes open to the community and workshops to help restore our patients’ and caregivers’ spirits and energy. Programs schedules may vary depending on season and facilitator availability. Check in at the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center for a class schedule or call 626-218-CARE (2273).
 
Arts Program
Explore drawing, collage, crafts and more in this instructor led art class. A new project is featured during each class. No previous experience is required. All materials are included.
 
Gentle Yoga
We offer mind, body and meditation classes. Course includes various hatha yoga postures, development of daily home practice and relaxation techniques including guided meditation and deep breathing. No previous experience is necessary. Physician consent and preregistration is required. Class is also offered in Spanish.

Discover Your Inner Artist
Art therapy can relieve stress and anxiety, enhance relaxation, and improve physical and emotional well-being. Express yourself through the creative process of art.

Massage Therapy
Massage therapy provided by a certified oncology massage therapist. Massage can help relieve stress and anxiety, ease pain and promote sleep. Thirty-minute sessions are provided to patients free of charge. Physician consent and preregistration is required.

Mindfulness
Learn new ways to cope using mindfulness techniques. Find peace and enhance your quality of life in the midst of your or your loved one’s cancer diagnosis. No previous experience is required.

Music Therapy
Nourish your mind, body and soul with the healing power of music. Explore instruments, create music or simply come to listen. Music therapy has been shown to improve pain or physical discomfort, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance relaxation, and increase coping and positive thinking. No previous experience is required. All instruments are provided.

Hands on Harps Concert Series
This series is led by internationally acclaimed composer, lecturer, author and recording artist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, who has a multicultural repertoire that covers folk, classical and popular music of many countries. He is well known around the world as the premier harpist of South American music, and shares his talents with City of Hope patients, family members, staff and visitors. All are welcome.

Tai Chi
Relax the mind and strengthen the body with this ancient practice referred to as “moving meditation.” Tai chi can improve flexibility and balance, decrease pain and stiffness, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote a good night’s sleep. All levels are welcome. No previous experience is required.

Positive Image CenterSM

The Positive Image Center helps men and women with managing the appearance-related side effects of surgery and cancer treatment. It is a safe, private environment where patients and their families receive individualized compassionate care from professional, licensed cosmetologists. The center also operates a specialty shop with an array of merchandise such as wigs, head-wraps, scarves, radiation creams, cosmetics and skin-care products.

Use These Resources Today

For a complete listing of offerings at the Duarte main campus, in your community or online, visit our Supportive Services Calendar or contact the Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at (626) 218-CARE (2273).