Cancer Support Groups

Join a Scripps cancer support group

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:


  • 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

Women's support groups

Breast cancer support groups (for breast cancer patients only)


Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas 

This support group does not meet at the hospital; please call for location.

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 pm

Facilitator: Bunny Nedry, RN, BSN

Contact info: 760-633-7551 or nedry.bunny@scrippshealth.org


Young women’s breast cancer forum and support group

This support group is for breast cancer patients ages 40 and under.

Scripps Polster Breast Care Center

9850 Genesee Ave., Suite 170 in La Jolla

1st Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1 pm

3rd Tuesday, 6:30 – 8 pm

Facilitator: Beverly Mangerich, RN, MSN

Contact info: 858-626-5207 or mangerich.beverly@scrippshealth.org


Gynecological cancer support group (for gynecological cancer patients only)

Scripps Campus Point Complex

4275 Campus Point Court, 2nd Floor PMO Conference Room

1st and 3rd Thursday, 10 – 11:30 am

Facilitator: Janine Rodriguez, RN

Contact info: 858-626-7950

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 San Diego

Lower Level Classroom A/B/C

1st Tuesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Facilitator: Tracie Gadler, NP, is a nurse practitioner who is a doctoral student of nursing practice. She specializes in education and support for bladder cancer patients.

Contact info: 619-279-4707