Cancer Support Groups

Benefits of Cancer Support Groups

Support groups provide a safe environment where cancer patients can talk about living with cancer with others that may be having similar experiences. Support groups give people a chance to ease fears and share strengths. Scripps offers a number of support groups to help you to:

  • Maintain a positive attitude and take an active role in the recovery process
  • Cope with chemotherapy, radiation therapy and the side effects of treatment
  • Talk about cancer to family members, friends and co-workers
  • Deal effectively with doctors and hospitals
  • Regain a sense of control
  • Maximize your potential for healing

Stem Cell Transplant Dinner Workshop/Support Group

For patients, family members and friends

  • La Jolla: Scripps Clinic
    10666 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla (in Scripps Green Cancer conference room in Anderson Outpatient Pavilion)
    Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis

Facilitators: Tom Friedman, LCSW, and Ann Marie Borman, RN
Information: 858-554-9376 or friedman.tom@scrippshealth.org

Women’s support groups

  • Breast cancer support groups (for breast cancer patients only)
    Encinitas: Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
    681 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 307
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Bunny Nedry, RN, BSN
Information: 760-633-7551 or nedry.bunny@scrippshealth.org

  • Young women’s breast cancer forum and support group
    La Jolla: Scripps Polster Breast Care Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital
    9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 170
    1st Tuesday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    3rd Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Facilitator: Bev Mangerich, MSN, is a registered nurse and certified breast patient navigator specializing in education and support for breast cancer patients.
Information: 858-626-5207

  • Metastatic support group for women
    La Jolla: Scripps Polster Breast Care Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital
    9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 170
    2nd Tuesday of the month, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Facilitator: Facilitator: Bev Mangerich, MSN, is a registered nurse and certified breast patient navigator specializing in education and support for breast cancer patients.
Information: 858-626-5207

  • Gynecological cancer support group (for gynecological cancer patients only)
    La Jolla: Scripps Well Being Center, La Jolla
    4305 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla
    1st and 3rd Thursday, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Paula Thomas, MSW
Information: 858-626-4363

Bladder cancer support

The Kenneth Patterson bladder cancer support group provides a safe environment where patients can talk about living with cancer with others who may be having similar experiences. Support groups give people a chance to ease fears and share strengths.

  • Scripps Mercy Hospital
    4077 Fifth Avenue 12th Floor

    San Diego, CA 92103
    1st Tuesday, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Tracie Gadler, NP-C is a registered nurse first assistant who holds a master of nursing. She specializes in education and support for bladder cancer patients.
Information: 619-279-4707