Support Groups

Connecting with others who have or have had cancer is often helpful. Some people come for information, some for support, and others for a sense of community. All of our groups have different personalities. Please call us at 277-0960 to learn which group might be best for you.

All groups are at CRCFL, 612 W. State St., unless otherwise noted.

See our up-to-date calendar here

For a poster suitable for posting, click on Poster For All Groups.

Click here to see a community calendar of all kinds of support groups in Tompkins County.

Men’s Breakfast Club

Meets every Friday from 8-9 am at the Royal Court Restaurant.
Men with any type of cancer and at any stage of treatment or recovery are welcome.

Women’s Noon Group

Meets every Friday from 12-2:00 pm.
For women with any type of cancer, at any stage of treatment or recovery.
Light lunch provided.

Living Well with Cancer Workshop (Co-sponsored by CRC & Cayuga Medical Center)

Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month 5:30-7:00 pm at CRC
A monthly educational program on a topic related to cancer &/or general well-being.
Open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Pat’s Group: Living with Cancer as a Chronic Disease

Meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday 12-1:30 pm.
For people with more advanced cancers, caregivers welcome.
Lunch provided.

Caregiver Group

Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month 5:30-7:00 pm.
Open to family, friends, and caregivers of those with cancer.
Light refreshments provided.

Young Adult Group

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 pm.
For people under 50 with cancer. Partners welcome.
Light refreshments provided.
(4th Tuesday: CRC cares about kids: supervised play for children of group members.)

Prostate Group

Meets the 2nd Thursday from 5:30-7pm.
Offers support, education programs and discussions related to prostate cancer.  Open to men & their caregivers.
(Men with prostate cancer are encouraged to attend the Friday Men’s Breakfast Club as well.)
Light refreshments provided.

Colorectal Group

Meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 pm.
For people with any type of colorectal cancer.
Light refreshments provided.

For more information about any of the above groups, call us at 277-0960.

Bald Girls Get Together (Tioga County)

A group for women with cancer that meets in Owego, NY. For more information, contact  Kate Whittemore at

Online Support Groups

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of online support groups that serve all cancers, specific cancers, and specific situations. Here is just a sampling:

For more options, search online for “online cancer support” or “online breast cancer support” etc.

Also of interest:

Peer to Peer

A free confidential service that connects patients and caregivers with mentors who provide the perspective of “someone who’s been there.” Open to all patients and caregivers touched by any type of cancer. Visit the Peer to Peer page or call our office at 277-0960 for more information.

Gentle Yoga class

Meets on Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 am at Island Health & Fitness. A blend of stretching, relaxation, healing visualization, and meditation in a supportive group environment. For more information, contact instructor Nick Boyar at 607-279-4769 or The class is offered free of charge to those with cancer.

Cancer Research Seminar

Join with Cornell doctoral students engaged in cancer research and those directly touched by cancer for regular discussions about the science of cancer (presented in lay language). The public is welcome. Light refreshments provided. Click here to learn more. *Follows an academic calendar;  call CRC or visit website for updates.

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