Programs and Services

The programs and services offered at Facing Cancer Together are all based on an understanding of the emotional and social needs of people with cancer that is grounded in research and training. All of our clinicians and instructors are trained and experienced in working with people facing serious illness.

Understanding that different people choose different ways to anchor themselves and face the challenges of difficult times, we provide a range of options that participants can choose from.

You may find strength in the connection and sharing of a support group, or in the silence of meditation and the relaxation of yoga. You may prefer to write about your journey, or express your feelings through art. Whatever your choice, we hope that the community of FCT will provide a comfortable and warm holding environment for you.

Join a Group

Dec
14
Fri
Expressive Arts Therapy Group @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Please join us for a therapeutic and creative outlet for people with cancer and their family members. In a safe and supportive space, Carolyn Melbye, MA – Expressive Arts Therapist will lead the group through the use of different arts media to express thoughts and feelings.

RSVP is required. Please call 617-332-5777 to register for each session.

No artistic experience is necessary. Art supplies are provided.
Carolyn Melbye, MA leads the expressive arts therapy support group. Expressive Arts Therapy is a modality that can address multiple healing goals while allowing the client to create personal work(s) of art. Simply by engaging in the art process, a person is expressing personal material, practicing skills of art making, and opening up to the possibilities that art invites.
Reiki Mind-Body Skill Workshop @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Elise Brenner, Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, will introduce you to the self-practice of Reiki and its benefits for mind-body wellness for people living with cancer. Reiki is a gentle mind/body meditation and healing practice that can be accessed by everyone.  You will learn specific Reiki mind-body everyday skills that promote self-awareness, personal growth, the relaxation response, and self-care, as well as support your capacity to cope with the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges that result from an illness diagnosis.  A Reiki mind-body skills group workshop further offers the value of mutual emotional support and encouragement. Reiki practice is a non-pharmacological option that complements medical treatment and is provided in hospitals around the world as an integrative mind-body healing practice. RSVP is required.
Dec
15
Sat
Multiple Myeloma Group @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This monthly, drop-in group is for people with multiple myeloma and their loved ones. In a warm and safe community, we explore together the specific challenges of living with multiple myeloma. Group members provide support, friendship, connection and the wisdom of experience to help those traveling the same journey.

This group meets the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

Dec
17
Mon
Cancer Support Group @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We offer weekly support groups for people living with a cancer diagnosis. In a warm, supportive and safe community, we explore the challenges of living with cancer. Together, we find ways to cope with multiple life changes and managing uncertainty.

An intake appointment is required before joining one of these groups. Please call 617-332-5777 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Caregiver Support @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We offer weekly support groups for people caring for someone with a cancer diagnosis. In a warm, supportive and safe community, we explore together the challenges of caring for one’s self while caring for a loved one. Topics discussed include coping with multiple life changes, shifting roles and responsibilities, and managing uncertainty.

An intake appointment is required before joining one of these groups. Please call 617-332-5777 for more information or to make an appointment.

Dec
18
Tue
Writing For Wellness @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Based on the research about the therapeutic benefits of writing, this weekly, drop-in group is offered to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Emphasis is primarily on support, writing what needs to be written, and finding one’s own unencumbered voice. Structured and unstructured exercises are offered. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Facilitated by a professional, licensed clinician. The fee for this class is $15, a package of six classes is $75. If the suggested fee is not affordable, please speak with the instructor as we are committed to offering services to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Brazilian Cancer Support Group @ BRACE (Brazilian American Center)
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We offer weekly support groups for people living with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. In a warm, supportive and safe community, we explore the challenges of living with cancer. Together, we find ways to cope with multiple life changes and managing uncertainty. This group is conducted in Portuguese with a culturally competent Brazilian clinician.​

An intake appointment is required before joining this group. For more information or to set up an intake, please call Paulo Torrens at 857-389-3738 or email ptorrens@facing-cancer.org.

Young Adult Bereavement Group @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Losing someone we love to cancer is an emotionally difficult and profound experience. This support group offers a safe and supportive space to explore the emotions and challenges that accompany grief. We will explore together ways to cope, the various life changes that require us to make adaptations,  and the shifting roles and challenges we all experience after we lose someone we love.

An intake appointment is required before joining this group. Please call 617-332-5777 for more information or if you are interested in joining this group.

Dec
19
Wed
Livestrong Cancer Support Group @ Waltham YMCA, Waltham, MA
Dec 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

In conjuction with Livestrong at the YMCA, Facing Cancer Together offers weekly support groups for people living with a cancer diagnosis. In a warm, supportive and safe community, we explore the challenges of living with cancer. Together, we find ways to cope with multiple life changes and managing uncertainty.

An intake appointment is required before joining one of these groups. Please call 617-332-5777 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Dec
20
Thu
Cancer Support Group @ Facing Cancer Together
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

We offer weekly support groups for people living with a cancer diagnosis. In a warm, supportive and safe community, we explore the challenges of living with cancer. Together, we find ways to cope with multiple life changes and managing uncertainty.

An intake appointment is required before joining one of these groups. Please call 617-332-5777 for more information or to schedule an appointment.