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Cancer support groups in Minnesota

Cancer support groups in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro have a lot to offer. Find the right one for you.


By Caitlyn Squire
May 25, 2018

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At the cancer care centers I work with, I find that people feel better and recover faster when they’re educated and supported. That’s why we offer classes and support groups to patients who have cancer. We also offer these resources for families, caregivers and friends of people with cancer – at Park Nicollet, Regions Hospital and HealthPartners cancer care centers.

Knowing others are going through the same things you’re going through can be very helpful. Support gives patients the chance to gain information, courage and strength. We also invite patients to talk to their doctor or care provider to learn more about classes and support groups available to them.

Minnesota cancer support groups

Breast Cancer Support Group

A group for women with breast cancer to share concerns, experiences and feelings. All in a supportive and confidential environment. This group meets at HealthPartners Specialty Center in St. Paul. Held the second Wednesday of the month at 6-7:30 p.m. Call 651-254-3572 for more information.

Breast Cancer Support Group for Women

A group is for women with cancer. It’s for women of all ages who are at any stage in their cancer journey. The group supports and connects women. The group focuses on common goals and topics. This group meets at Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park.

Lung Cancer Support Group

A group for lung cancer patients and families to share, connect, and express concerns and feelings. All in a supportive and confidential environment. This group meets at Regions Hospital Cancer Care Center in St. Paul. Held on the second Thursday of the month at 10-11:30 a.m. Free parking is available. Call 651-254-3572 for more information.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

A group for patients with multiple myeloma, and their family and friends. Newly diagnosed patients and long-time survivors are welcome. This group meets in Stillwater, St. Louis Park and Rochester.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

A group for oral, head and neck cancer patients. Families, friends, and survivors with eating or swallowing cancers are also welcome. This group meets at Regions Hospital Cancer Care Center in St. Paul. Held on the third Wednesday of the month at noon-1 p.m. Call 651-254-3572 for more information.

Knitting and Crocheting Club

Join us for fun and crafting. All knitting or crocheting skills are welcome! Patients, staff, volunteers and caregivers can create items for patients or work on their own projects. This group meets at Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park.

Young Widowed Support Group

For men and women 18- to 60-years-old. This is a drop-in group that provides support for widows. That includes the death of a spouse, partner, fiancé or fiancée. This group meets at the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice in Hopkins.

Cancer education classes

Newly diagnosed: A class for patients and caregivers

In this class, patients receive health information and learn how to cope with changes. They discuss the emotions that come with a new diagnosis. This class meets at Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park.

After treatment: “Is what I am feeling normal?”

In this class, patients learn about emotional problems that can happen as treatment ends. This class meets at Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park.

Lymphedema Class

In this class, patients ask questions and get answers about lymphedema. This class meets at Frauenshuh Cancer Center in St. Louis Park.

Advance Care Planning

In this class, patients learn how to select a health care agent. They learn how to start a family conversation and complete a health care directive. This class meets in multiple locations across the Twin Cities: Brookdale, Burnsville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Eagan, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Shakopee and Shorewood. Cancer patients at Regions Hospital in St. Paul also have the option to meet one-on-one for a planning appointment. Ask your doctor for details.

Pathways: Health Crisis Resource Center Classes

Explore holistic health through free classes, special events and individual sessions. Sessions are at Minneapolis Pathways in Minneapolis.

Find even more cancer classes and support groups

Visit the American Cancer Society website to find online cancer communities and more.

About Caitlyn Squire

Caitlyn Squire is an oncology social worker and psychotherapist at HealthPartners cancer care centers. She works with patients receiving cancer treatment. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing on her porch.

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