Hematology and BMT Resource Guide:
Support Groups and Supportive Care Programs

Support Groups and Services

American Psychosocial Oncology Society
Helpline for individuals with cancer and their care-givers to find cancer support and counseling in their local communities.
Phone: (866) 276-7443

Amyloidosis Support Group
Multiple locations in the Bay Area.
Dena Heath: (925) 939-0688 or dena.heath@att.net

Variety of supportive services including online support groups for adults, teens, parents and care-givers.
Phone: (800) 813-HOPE

Cancer Support Programs at Local Hospitals
Your local hospital may offer a variety of support groups and cancer support programs, such as meditation, yoga, nutrition and guided imagery, which may be more convenient than attending a program at UCSF. Many hospital programs are open to community members who receive their care elsewhere.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Support groups and services throughout Northern California (San Francisco, East Bay, Sonoma, Sacramento and Fresno)
Phone: (800) 955-4572

Myeloma Support Group (Bay Area) Meets in San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Palo Alto

Multiple Myeloma Support Group (Sonoma/Napa)
Email: Myelomastompers@gmail.com

UCSF Cancer Resource Center
Variety of support groups and programs (nutrition, guided imagery, writing, yoga, meditation) in San Francisco. Individual counseling available.
Phone: (415) 885-3693

Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinema Support
Multiple locations in Bay Area.
Contact: Alyce and Terry Rossow, (925) 447-8881

Cancer Support Community
Support groups and services in Walnut Creek, Richmond, Concord, San Ramon, Vallejo and Pleasanton. Also offers online support groups.
Phone: (925) 933-0107

Women Care
Support groups and programs in Santa Cruz.
(831) 457-2273

Women's Cancer Resource Center
Support groups and programs in Oakland.
Phone: (510) 601-4040

One-on-One Peer Counseling

BMT InfoNet, "Caring Connections Program"
Phone: (888) 597-7674

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, "First Connection"
Phone: (800) 955-4572

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link, "Peer Support on Call"
Phone: (800) 546-5268

Cultural-, Language- and Age-Specific Groups and Programs

Children and Teens

Camp Kesam
Summer camp for children whose parents have, or have had, cancer. In Berkeley.
Phone: (510) 495-6542

CancerCare for Kids
Offers online support group for teens who have a parent with cancer, educational workshops for parents and educational materials.
Phone: (800) 813-HOPE

Circle of Care
Offers a variety of supportive services to help families with young children in the East Bay.
Phone: (510) 531-7551, ext. 195

Free downloadable comic book that helps explain cancer to children.

Kids Konnected
Extensive information and a hotline to help support children who have a parent with cancer. Local services in San Jose, Santa Cruz and southern California. Offers camps in Temecula and Sequoia.
Phone: (800) 899-2866

Mothers' Living Stories Project
Information and support for mothers with cancer and other illnesses

School Counselors
Available in most elementary and high schools to help children, teens and families cope with stressors such as an illness in the family. Contact your child's school for information.

Information and support for siblings of children with cancer.
Phone: (888) 417-4704


Asian Community Mental Health Services
Alameda County: (510) 451-6729
Contra Costa County: (510) 970-9750

Asian Family Institute of RAMS (San Francisco)
Individual counseling in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean, Tagalog, Japenese and Russian.
Phone: (415) 668-5998, ext. 21

Chinese Community Cancer Information Center
Cancer information in Cantonese and Mandarin, transportation, and supportive services.
Phone: (415) 677-2473

Chinatown Public Health Center "CARE" Program
The Cancer Patient Advocate and Visitation Program offers one-on-one peer support for Chinese-speaking men and women.
Contact: Lei-Chun Fung, (415) 364-7908

Donaldina Cameron House
Individual counseling and cancer support group. Mandarin and Cantonese.
Phone: (415) 781-0401, ext. 127

Herald Cancer Care
Chinese Christian-based individual emotional support, information and resources. Mandarin and Cantonese.
Phone: (510) 893-3210


Jeffrey's Place (Gay/Bi/Queer Men)
Support group in San Francisco offered through Shanti Project, Inc.
Phone: (415) 674-4700


Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Spiritual support for Jewish individuals living with serious illness and their families. Services include support groups and healing prayer services.
Phone: (415) 750-4197

Jewish Family and Children's Services
Comprehensive social services, including meals, financial assistance and attendant care. San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma County.
Phone: (415) 449-1200


Circulo de Vida
Information and support for Latinos with cancer in San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 648-9423

Young Adult

I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation
Online community for young adults. Offers information, resources and connection.
Phone: (877) 735-4673

Immerman Angels
One-on-one peer support.
Phone: (312) 274-5529

Young Adult Support Groups

Additional resources for young adults are available. Please see the section on survivorship at the bottom of this page, as well as the sections on financial assistance and retreats.

Body Image and Beauty

American Cancer Society
Provides limited amount of free wigs, hats and turbans for women with cancer. Also offers TLC catalog of wigs, hats and scarves.
Phone: (800) ACS-2345
TLC: (800) 850-9445

Festoon Salon
Located in Berkeley. "Welcome Back" program offers limited free haircuts for women who are growing their hair back after chemotherapy. Phone: (888) 35-SALOON

Friend to Friend Gift Shop at UCSF
Offers personalized assistance shopping for wigs, hats, skin care products, inspirational books and CDs. Also offers beauty makeovers and wig-trimming services.
Phone: (415) 353-7776

Hansen Fontana
High-end wigs in San Francisco.
Phone: (415) 495-8888

Look Good…Feel Better and Look Good…Feel Better for Men
Group workshops that teach beauty techniques help combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Programs offered throughout the Bay Area. Special programs available for men.
Phone: (800) 895-LOOK

Paula Young Online Wig Catalog
Phone: (800) 364-9060


Cancervive, Inc.
Phone: (800) 426-2873

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Phone: (888) 650-9127

Young Adult Survivor Conference, Camp Make-A-Dream
Phone: (406) 549-5987

SamFund for Young Adults
Phone: (866) 439-9365

Scholarships for Young Adults

UCSF Cancer Survivorship Program
Phone: (415) 476-3793

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Phone: (888) 393-FUND

Special Programs

Palliative Care

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Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.