Support Groups

Support can help improve quality of life for those dealing with cancer. Consider checking out the listed in-person and online support groups, as other survivors are often the people who best understand what you are going through and can provide good advice. There are also groups of survivors that exercise together to form connections and provide support.

Local Resources


Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center

The Cancer Center in Baton Rouge offers two events, a Cancer Wellness program to provide insight along the cancer journey, and a Lymphedema Support Group for educational and emotional support. Check out their calendar of events to sign up for one of their free programs.

http://www.brgeneral.org/events

Camp Bluebird: Houma

Camp Bluebird is a three-day, two-night retreat camp designed for adult cancer patients. It offers patients education, support, and encouragement in living life after a cancer diagnosis. Camps are held at a few places around the state: Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Houma.

http://marybird.wpengine.com/survivorship/#houma-programs

Camp Bluebird: Lafayette

Camp Bluebird is a three-day, two-night retreat camp designed for adult cancer patients. It offers patients education, support, and encouragement in living life after a cancer diagnosis. Camps are held at a few places around the state: Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Houma.

https://lourdesrmc.com/pages/medical-services/cancer/cancer-treatment/survivorship.aspx

Camp Bluebird: Lake Charles

Camp Bluebird is a three-day, two-night retreat camp designed for adult cancer patients. It offers patients education, support, and encouragement in living life after a cancer diagnosis. Camps are held at a few places around the state: Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Houma.

http://www.lcmh.com/documents/Cancer/Camp-Bluebird-flyer-2017.pdf

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge

This Baton Rouge agency provides numerous classes and support groups for cancer patients. They have a monthly speaker series called Cancer 101 that meets every 4th Thursday, a breast cancer support group that meets every 3rd Wednesday, and they even have exercise classes for cancer survivors!

http://www.cancerservices.org/

CHRISTUS St. Patrick

Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group that is hosted at CHRISTUS St. Partrick Regional Cancer Center in Lake Charles. For information call (337) 491-7569 for meeting dates and location.

http://www.christusstpatrick.org/breast-cancer

Coaching in Pink Shoes

Coaching in Pink Shoes in Lincoln Parish provides a support group and survivorship coaching for breast cancer survivors!

http://www.coachinginpinkshoes.com

East Jefferson General Hospital

This New Orleans area hospital offers a breast cancer support group on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and an exercise program specifically for cancer survivors that meets 3 times a week for 6 weeks. For more information about the support group, call (504) 503-6289, and if you're interested in the exercise program, call (504) 503-6868.

http://www.ejgh.org/

East Jefferson YMCA

Located in Metairie, this 12-week program, offered at little to no cost, is designed to help survivors improve their strength and quality of life.

http://www.livestrongymca.org/location/YMCA0098/

Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Support Group

The Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Foundation is based in Lake Charles and has a breast cancer support group that meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Lake Area Medical Center at 6 pm.

http://ethelbreastcancerwalk.org/ethel_008.htm

Lake Charles Memorial Health System

This Lake Charles hospital provides three support groups for cancer survivors: Sisters Striving, Life Hope Courage, and Look Good...Feel Better. Check out their full listings for more information.

http://www.lcmh.com/Patients-Visitors/Support-Groups.aspx

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center: Baton Rouge

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups ranging from self image, friends and family, educational, life after cancer, etc. These groups are free and open to the public. The groups are held in a few places around the state: Baton Rouge, Covington, and Houma.

https://marybird.org/survivorship/#baton-rouge-programs

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center: Covington

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups ranging from self image, friends and family, educational, life after cancer, etc. These groups are free and open to the public. The groups are held in a few places around the state: Baton Rouge, Covington, and Houma.

https://marybird.org/survivorship/#covington-programs

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center: Houma

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers a variety of support groups ranging from self image, friends and family, educational, life after cancer, etc. These groups are free and open to the public. The groups are held in a few places around the state: Baton Rouge, Covington, and Houma.

https://marybird.org/survivorship/#houma-programs

Miles Perret Cancer Services

This resource center in Lafayette offers two support groups, art classes, pilates & yoga, and other group exercise classes at the wellness center for patients in Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline,Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.

http://milesperret.org/

My Life Line

This online support community allows cancer patients and caregivers to foster connections with others through free, personalized websites.

http://www.mylifeline.org/

Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System offers support groups and events, such as healing yoga, a knitting group, and a chemotherapy class. All of these classes are offered at various locations. Check out their calendar that's updated monthly to find an event near you.

https://www.ochsner.org/calendar/month/by_calendar/community-calendar/2017/05/cancer-care/

Sisters Supporting Sisters Support Group

Sisters Supporting Sisters-Baton Rouge (SSS-BTR) is a nonprofit organization for African American breast cancer survivors. They provide monthly support group meetings that are held on the 1st Saturday of each month at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church. SSS-BTR also has several programs that work in areas of advocacy, education outreach, networking and more.

http://www.sistersbatonrouge.org/

batonrouge@sistersnetworkinc.org

225-456-6271


Slidell Memorial Hospital

Located on the Northshore, they feature a number of support groups and exercise classes such as Caregiver Connection, Women Warriors, Living with Cancer, yoga, and zumba. groups. All support groups and exercise classes are free and open to all cancer patients."

http://slidellmemorial.org/cancer-resources-and-support-groups

Team Survivor Baton Rouge

Team Survivor, based in Baton Rouge, provides fun group exercise opportunities, fitness education, health events, and support programs for female cancer survivors.

http://www.teamsurvivor.org/doc.aspx?106

The Breast Center of Acadiana

The Breast Center of Acadiana provides two support groups that meet monthly: Sisters of Hope for all breast cancer survivors that meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, and Pink Ribbon Divas specifically for young breast cancer patients which meets the last Wednesday of each month.

http://www.breastcenterofacadiana.com/patient-services/support-groups/

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital

This hospital, located in Lake Charles, offers the Pink Crusade Support Group, which meets on the second Thursday of each month. Check out their calendar to see when their next meeting is.

https://wcch.com/news_events/calendar_of_events.aspx?month=5&year=2017

West Jefferson Medical Center

This New Orleans medical center offers a Bosom Buddies support group that brings survivors together for exercise, art, and other group activities.

http://www.wjmc.org/BreastCareCenter/

National Resources


Cancer Care Support Groups

They offer online, over the phone, and face to face support groups for patients and caregivers on numerous topics such as therapeutic writing, young adult survivorship and LGBT. communities.

http://www.cancercare.org/support_groups

DailyStrength

DailyStrength is a free and anonymous online support community. The breast cancer section of the website features online support groups, health blogs, a section for asking questions, treatment information and more.

https://www.dailystrength.org/group/breast-cancer

Got Boobs

Got Boobs is an online health-based platform inspiring women through their cancer fight through related content, community and coaching.

http://www.gotboobs.com/

Look Good...Feel Better

Look Good . . . Feel Better is a program that teaches cancer survivors about skin care, hair care and wigs, makeup application techniques, and nail care to help them combat some of the treatment-related side-effects. The website features step-by-step instructions for each topic and they have a 24 hour hotline. Search for programming near you!

http://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/

MyBCTeam

MyBCTeam is a free online social network for women facing breast cancer. Women can share their diagnosis stories and form their own team of connections, exchanging insight and resources with one another. Want to talk to someone who "gets" it? Try it out!

http://www.mybcteam.com/

WhatNext

WhatNext allows users share their journey and access thousands of experiences others have shared. Experiences can be filtered by condition, role, cancer stage, age, and location, allowing individuals to connect with others on a similar path, find useful resources and ask questions.

https://www.whatnext.com/

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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