Support Groups

These links provide a variety of support groups for caregivers of gynecologic cancer patients. Through online or in person support groups, people can share their stories, offer practical advice, and support each other through shared experiences. Talking with others who are going through a similar experience may help you feel less alone.

National Programs

Cancer Survivors Network

The Cancer Survivors Network through American Cancer Society provides a safe online connection where cancer patients and caregivers can find others with similar experiences. You can participate on discussion boards, join a chat room, and build your own support network.

CancerCare

CancerCare offers online groups for people with cancer and their caregivers. Online support groups take place using a password-protected message board format (not live chat) and are led by professional oncology social workers who offer support and guidance. Groups are held for 15 weeks at a time, and group members must register to join. After completing the registration process (which can take up to 2-3 business days), members can participate by posting in the groups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Open to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.

Friend for Life

Friend for Life is a network of cancer survivors and caregivers who serve as trained volunteers, providing one-on-one emotional and psychosocial support to persons diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. Facing cancer with someone who has been through a similar experience helps restore a sense of stability during a tumultuous time and to navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

The mission of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition is to help women, family members and caregivers battle the personal issues related to cervical cancer and HPV and to advocate for cervical health in all women by promoting prevention through education about early vaccination and regular screening.

Online Support Community

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition is to save lives through the prevention and cure of ovarian cancer and to improve quality of life for survivors and their caregivers.

Caregiver Support Group - Teal Cares Network meets online on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. MT/ 4:30 p.m. PT. If you have any questions, please email tealcares@ovarian.org or call 888-OVARIAN (888-682-7426)

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance

The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance connects survivors, women at risk, caregivers, and health providers with the information and resources they need.

Gynecologic cancer patients, survivors, friends and family are invited to join their virtual support programs facilitated by an Oncology Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered provides education and support to individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers.

Pittsburgh Programs

Cancer Bridges (Formerly Cancer Caring Center and Our Clubhouse)

Cancer Bridges supports those impacted by cancer through a variety of free programs and services.

  • Family and Youth Program is run by a Child Life Specialist who focuses on supporting children and families during their cancer journeys. Designed to meet the needs of children with a cancer diagnosis and children who have a loved one with cancer. 
  • Support groups are offered by licensed professionals focusing on emotional support and educational topics. 
  • Health and wellness programs such as Reiki, yoga, Zumba, meditation and specialized health and wellness workshops.
  • Supportive counseling with clinicians who are experienced in providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children.
Caring for the Caregiver at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Caring for the Caregiver is an educational and supportive program for caregivers, hosted by The Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Offers monthly meetings. For more information call 412-692-4724.