Programs

There is no need to face cancer alone.

The goal of CancerPartners is to provide the social and emotional support that, according to the Institute of Medicine, is as important as medical care in cancer treatment. The program, based on scientific research, helps mitigate the psychosocial distress that comes with cancer diagnosis and treatment, including powerful feelings of loss of control, loss of hope, and unwanted aloneness. By actively participating in their fight for recovery, patients and loved ones minimize these unpleasant emotions, enhance the possibility of recovery, and improve their quality of life.

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Getting Started

Membership and all programs at CancerPartners are free of charge. Membership simply means that:

  1. You, or a loved one, is affected by cancer.
  2. You have attended an Orientation that includes an overview of the program and a tour of the clubhouse.
  3. You have completed a Customized Membership Plan (CMP) with a CancerPartners qualified professional, which includes a brief online assessment to help you sort out specific areas of concern. This is your time to privately discuss specific CancerPartners services for you, and to determine the best support group and other activities for you and your family. You will also be able to explore other resources that may be helpful to you.

Orientations

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm

NOTE: Our lectures are open to the public, however, an Orientation is required to become a CancerPartners member and to participate in our ongoing support groups and lifestyle classes and workshops.

Give Thea a call to schedule your personal orientation: 760 770-5678

Our Support Groups

CancerPartners Support Groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals (LMFTs, LCSWs, etc.) who have received specialized training in the emotional stresses that occur when an individual is diagnosed with cancer. It is important to remember the people around the patient — spouses, partners, relatives, children, and friends, are also impacted. These caregivers and loved ones need support too. Our caregiver support groups provide shared wisdom on how best to support a loved one.

Kids and Teens

Cancer is hard to digest at any age—all the more so for young children and teens. At CancerPartners cancer doesn’t need to be a secret and all questions are okay. When children/teens know that other families are having similar experiences, it reduces stigma and provides a safe place to discuss and deal with their own cancer or that of a loved one.

Noogieland

For children ages 6 – 12 who have cancer or a loved one with cancer or have lost a loved one to cancer.

Facilitator is Jamye Jesser, PsyD

Thursday 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Teen Group

CancerPartners support groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals (LMFTs, LCSWs, etc.) who have received specialized training in the emotional stresses that occur when an individual is diagnosed with cancer. It is important to remember the people around the patient — spouses, partners, relatives, children, and friends, are also impacted. These caregivers and loved ones need support too. Our caregiver support groups provide shared wisdom on how best to support a loved one.

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Expressive arts provide a creative outlet and welcome respite from treatment, caregiving, and daily stress. Many members find that learning a new skill or producing something of beauty is an unexpected benefit of their cancer journey.

Be Empowered

Education increases a sense of control and confidence in decision making when cancer is involved. » More

Be a Volunteer

There’s nothing more satisfying than to give back to the community! CancerPartners trains volunteers and matches their skills and interests with the organization’s needs. » More

Be a Donor

We rely on generous contributions from people like you. There are many ways to give, and gifts large and small are welcome. » More