Support and Networking Groups

Over the last 25 years, there has been extensive research on the positive effects of support groups as a method to cope with cancer, improve quality of life and, in some studies, even increase survival. Research has shown that support groups help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control and loss of hope. In fact, research conducted at Cancer Support Community has shown that people who participate in face-to-face or online support groups report significant decreases in depression, increased zest for life and a new attitude toward their illness.

About Our Support Services

Licensed therapists trained in psycho-oncology lead our support and networking groups for people living with cancer, as well as family members, friends, caregivers and children whose lives have been affected by someone with cancer. Combined, our seasoned counselors and licensed experts have more than a century of experience caring for the overall well-being of people who have been touched by cancer. Our welcoming, homelike setting helps connect people with each other, resulting in various improvements in confidence, well-being, stress, interpersonal comfort and quality of life so no one faces cancer alone.

Support and Networking Groups 

Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. Members of support groups share experiences and advice; they often find it helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation. While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, many find it beneficial to turn to others outside their immediate circle. A support group can help individuals cope better, feel less isolated and make connections with others facing similar challenges. A support group shouldn’t replace anyone’s standard medical care, but it can be a valuable coping resource.

Caregiver Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group can help you tackle the everyday challenges you may face while supporting a loved one. Join us to learn how to care for yourselves as you care for others by sharing wisdom, encouragement, and support. Call 614.884.HOPE (4673) for more details.

Bladder Cancer Support Group

This group is an opportunity to get support and network with others who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. It is appropriate for those who are newly diagnosed as well as those in survivorship.

Blood Cancer Support Group

This is a support and networking group for those who have been diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma or those who are supporting a loved one who has been diagnosed with a blood cancer. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Breast Cancer Networking Group

For women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Support provided by the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio.

FORCE: Hereditary Cancer Support Group

This is a support group for individuals who are genetically predisposed to cancer. This support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Lung Cancer Networking Group

This group is for those diagnosed with lung cancer and their support system. This support group meets the third Friday each month at 9:30 am.

Metastatic Cancer Support Group

For those with any type of cancer that is metastatic (Stage IV). This support group meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

For people with multiple myeloma and their caregivers. This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Support Provided by Janssen and Takeda.

Ovarian Cancer Networking Group

This group is for woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other gynecologic cancer. This support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Young Survival Coalition

This support is for young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. This group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

20s & 30s with Cancer

We offer a Facebook group that is private and allows those with 20s & 30s with cancer to interact with peers facing similar circumstances.

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Counseling Services

Individual counseling through Cancer Support Community Central Ohio offers participants one-on-one time with a mental health professional who has expertise in helping people express their thoughts, fears and emotions. Couples or family counseling allows loved ones to sit down with a cancer counselor to talk about relationship or family issues related to the diagnosis and treatment. Please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) to schedule a time to meet with a counselor.

Individual Wellness Plans: CancerSupportSource®

Routine screening for social and emotional distress is a key component to patient-centered cancer care. CancerSupportSourceTM is a comprehensive web-based, validated distress screening program that integrates bio-psycho-social distress screening, referral and follow-up care by a licensed mental health professional. It provides a personalized support care plan for patients, survivors, and loved ones, directing them to the most appropriate programs, services, and resources to meet individual needs. Screenings can be completed before or during a Newcomer Welcome: An Introduction to Cancer Support Community Central Ohio appointment. Please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) for details.

CancerSupportSource® is provided through generous grants from the Franklin County CommissionersAnthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, The Harry C. Moores Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Janssen, and Genentech.


MyLifeLine is now part of Cancer Support Community; its goal is to provide a more dynamic and innovative support network for our community members. MyLifeLine’s digital platform, which has been engaged in transforming the experience of cancer patients for the past decade, brings to CSC more than 30,000 patients, survivors, and loved ones in search of support and community. For more information, please click here.

Offsite Programs and Services

Cancer Support Community is proud to collaborate with Central Ohio Urology Group to provide offsite programming.

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