All Support Groups and Programs

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our support groups and programs for people with cancer and their loved ones provide a helpful forum for connecting with others who are going through or have been through similar experiences. Our social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and patient and caregiver volunteers are all here to help you make sense of your experience and continue on a path to healing. Here is a look at the different kinds of support we offer.

Cancer Support Groups

Support groups are run by licensed social workers and nurses with expertise and training that can help you and your family cope with adjusting to cancer emotionally and physically. Participants are encouraged to share experiences or simply gather information. Our disease-specific support groups touch on dealing with issues such as fatigue, isolation, and concerns about the future. We also offer specialty groups for parents, caregivers, and anyone grieving. For more information, please contact the Department of Social Work at 212-639-7020.

Free, in-person meetings take place across all MSK locations, including our inpatient Memorial Hospital and regional facilities.

Read more about social work support services at MSK. 

Cancer Survivor Support Groups

Cancer survivors may choose to participate in a variety of support groups that are also run by licensed social workers and nurses. Learn more in our Survivorship Center.

Online Cancer Support Groups

Free meetings are available online. If you prefer to participate in an online forum, our Virtual Programs offer multiple opportunities for connecting.

Counseling for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Psychologists and psychiatrists offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families. We also offer parenting guidance, hypnosis, mindfulness-based therapies, sexual therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation. Learn more by calling the Counseling Center at 646-888-0100.

Peer-to-Peer Volunteers

Our Patient-to-Patient and Caregiver-to-Caregiver Volunteer Program connects current patients and caregivers one-on-one with people who’ve been through a similar diagnosis and treatment and understand your challenges and worries. All MSK patients and caregivers are eligible to participate.