Local Cancer Support Groups

People diagnosed with cancer and their families face many challenges that may leave them feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and alone. It can be difficult to cope with these challenges or to talk to even the most supportive family members and friends. Often, support groups can help people affected by cancer feel less alone and can improve their ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges that cancer brings. Support groups give people who are affected by similar diseases an opportunity to meet and discuss ways to cope with the illness.

List of Support Groups by Cancer Site:

All Cancers

  • CanConnect
    Middle Tennessee's online community for cancer survivorship

  • Gilda's Club
    1707 Division Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets from 6:30-8:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
    Contact: Gilda's Club at 615-329-1124

Brain

  • Gilda's Club
    1707 Division Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets from 6:30-8:00PM on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
    Contact: Gilda's Club at 615-329-1124

Breast Cancer

  • American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Support Group
    American Cancer Society
    2008 Charlotte Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets monthly, call 615-327-0991 to obtain meeting schedule.
    • Lincoln County (American Cancer Society)
      Meets every2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm
      Patrick Rehab-Wellness Center, Fayetteville, TN
      Phone # 327-0991 (American Cancer Society)
    • Williamson County (American Cancer Society)
      Meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm
      Williamson Medical Center
      Phone # 615-435-6733
    • Montgomery County (American Cancer Society)
      Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5pm
      Montgomery County Public Library, Clarksville, TN
      Phone # 615-327-0991 (American Cancer Society)
    • Rutherford County (American Cancer Society)
      Meets at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro, TN
      Phone # 615-327-0991(American Cancer Society) Call for meeting times
  • Gilda's Club Breast Cancer Group
    Gilda's Club
    1707 Division Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets from 6:30-8:00PM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
    Contact: Gilda's Club at 615-329-1124

  • After Breast Cancer (ABC) Program
    YMCA – Cool Springs
    121 Seaboard Lane
    Brentwood, TN 37027
    Monthly educational seminars meet at 7:00PM on the last Tuesday of each month
    Designed specifically for breast cancer survivors, the program is free, membership to the YMCA is not required. In addition the program offers individualized exercise programs designed by qualified professional Personal Trainers, Group exercise sessions, Yoga classes. Personalized nutritional counseling.
    Contact: Nancy Brown at 615-661-4200

  • H.O.P.E.
    This program provides a cancer patient with the opportunity to work with an exercise specialist to address her unique physical and mental needs during and after treatment. C.O.P.E. helps a patient restore and maintain an optimum level of physical and mental health through physical activity among a group of individuals who are also undergoing cancer treatment. It is an individualized, progressive wellness program that is tailored to a person's abilities and knowledge. Call 222-2056 for more information.

Bone Marrow

  • Vanderbilt Hospital
    11 North Conference Room
    11th Floor, Main Hospital
    Meets every Wednesday from 4-5:00 PM.
    Contact: Linda Hudson at 615. 343.6546

Colo-Rectal

  • Gilda's Club
    1707 Division Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets at 10:30AM-Noon on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
    Contact: Gilda's Club at 615.329.1124

Melanoma Group

  • Gilda's Club
    1707 Division Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets from 2:00-3:30PM on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
    Contact: Gilda's Club at 615-329-1124

Laryngectomy

  • New Voice Club
    American Cancer Society
    2008 Charlotte Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets at 2:00 PM (2nd Sunday of every other month.)
    Contact: 615-327-0991

Leukemia/Blood Related Caners

  • Family Support Group
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    404 BNA Drive; Suite 102
    Nashville, TN 37217-2571
    Provides many support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events free of charge. Meets at 6:30PM on the 1st Monday of each month at Gilda's Club.
    Contact: Mary Winslo at 615-331-2980

Lung

  • Lung Cancer Networking Group
    Gilda’s Club Nashville
    1707 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
    Contact: 615.329.1124
    Meets on the 4th Friday of each month from 12:30 –2:00 PM.
    Open to patients, survivors, friends and family members dealing with a lung cancer diagnosis.

Ostomy

  • United Ostomy Association
    American Cancer Society
    2008 Charlotte Ave
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets at 2:00 PM (Last Sunday of each month)
    Contact: 615-327-0991 or 615-228-8432

Prostate

  • Us Too/Nashville
    Baptist Hospital’s Gladys Stringfield Owen Conference Center, Rooms A & B
    2000 Church Street
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM (except July & December)
    Contact: call into general cancer center line at Baptist 615.284.7300

General Support Groups

  • Cancer Support Group
    St. Stephen Catholic Community
    Room 105, Holy Family Center
    14544 Lebanon Rd
    Old Hickory, TN
    Contact: Kim at 615-812-2056
    Meets at 7:00PM on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to all - patients, survivors and caregivers.

  • Gilda’s Club Nashville
    1707 Division Street | Nashville, TN 37203
    Contact: 615-329-1124
    Gilda’s Club is a place for cancer patients and their families and friends. It offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events free of charge.

  • Multi County Cancer Support Network
    110-B Lauderdale Street
    Tullahoma, TN 37388
    Phones: 931-393-4443 or 800-497-4322
    Fax: 931.393.4413
    E-mail: cancernetwork@cafes.net
    Provides support for cancer patients, family members & survivors and serves the Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Lincoln, Grundy, Marion & Bedford counties
    • Estill Springs group meets at 7:00 PM on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Nazarene Church in Estill Springs.
    • Shelbyville group meets 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM every other month at the Union Planters Bank (Elm Street Branch). Call 800.497.4322 to obtain schedule
  • American Cancer Society General Cancer Support Groups:
    • Maury County
      Meets at Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, TN
      Phone # 931-381-1111
    • Dickson County
      Meets at Tri-Star Bank in Dickson, TN
      Phone # 615-441-1325
    • Sumner County
      Meets at Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, TN
      Phone # 615-230-5070
    • Robertson County
      Meets at First United Methodist Church, Springfield, TN
      Phone # 615-327-0992
  • I Can Cope
    American Cancer Society
    Meets in multiple locations in the following counties.
    Phone # 615-327-0991- Call for locations and meeting schedules.
    • Davidson
    • Dickson
    • Rutherford
    • Smith
    • Sumner
    • Trousdale
    • Williamson

Other Support Groups, providing services over the telephone or Internet

  • Cancer Survivors Network
    Toll Free 877-333-4673
    Internet site: www.acscsn.org
    Created by and for cancer survivors, the Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) is a telephone and Internet-based support service. From the time of diagnosis and beyond, anyone experiencing cancer is invited to use this service. Listen to or read (Internet) 100 hours of pre-recorded discussions and stories. Find and connect with others like yourself. It is free, easy to use, and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
    Toll Free 800-221-2141 (English)
    800-986-9505 (Spanish)
    Internet site: www.y-me.org
    A telephone and Internet-based site that offers breast cancer information, resources and support for patients, survivors, families, and friends. The telephone hotline is staffed by trained peer counselors who are breast cancer survivors. It is a convenient, anonymous resource for breast cancer information, as well as support. Callers can be matched with a survivor, patient and/or supporter having had a similar experience with breast cancer. On the Internet site, guests can submit questions concerning breast health and/or breast cancer, which are answered by a breast cancer survivor.

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