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Support Programs

Most support groups are on Zoom. However, some support groups are starting in-person sessions. Check the calendar and program details below.

You need to register for a group or session.  Some groups run each month. Other groups are only offered a few times a year.

Please see the Group Support Calendar for times and registration. Group descriptions below.

Group support calendar
Affirmation workshop

This is an in-person workshop at BC Cancer - Surrey.

Create your own powerful affirmations and learn to reframe your negative thoughts and beliefs. Affirmations can help you to motivate yourself, encourage positive changes in your life, or boost your self-esteem.

Sessions are the last Thursday of the month, 2:00 - 4:00pm

To register, please call 604-930-4000.

Art Studio Group

This group is offered at various times throughout the year.  The focus of each groups is different.

Registration information

Brain Tumour Support Group
For people living with a brain tumour and their caregivers. This session is run by a counsellor and nurse practitioner. 

Held on the first Wednesday of each month (not statutory holidays) from 9:30  to 11:00 am.

To register, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194.

Chinese Support Group

This group is run by a social worker and a nurse. It is a drop-in group for Chinese-speaking people with cancer and their supporters. The Group is a safe place to share feelings and thoughts about dealing with emotions and coping with cancer. 

Sessions are offered in Cantonese and Mandarin.  See calendar above for dates and times.

Register for Cantonese support group

Register for Mandarin support group

Family Art Therapy Program

Head & Neck Support Groups

Information about head & neck cancer, ideas for coping, and time to connect and share experiences with others. 

Victoria Head & Neck Support Group

First Thursday of each month, 10:15-11:45am.  Open to all people with head & neck cancer in BC. To register, please call 250.519.5525

Vancouver Head & Neck  Support Group: 

For people with head & neck cancer who are being treated at BC Cancer - Vancouver. 

Last Wednesday of the month, 2:00 - 3:30pm. To register, please call 604.877.6000 ext 672194

Job Search Seminar 
Covers issues around looking for work such as resume gaps, disclosure of health history, asking for work accommodation and legal rights and responsibilities.

This seminar is offered 4 times a year.  See calendar above.

For more information, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194

Living with Metastatic Cancer

A welcoming group for people who have metastatic or incurable cancer. The focus is on living well and sharing your experience with others who understand. You can ask questions and share information and tips with each other in a friendly and relaxed setting. The group is run by a BC Cancer Counsellor.

See calendar above for dates and times. To register, please call 604-930-4000.

Lung Cancer Support Group

This virtual support group is for lung cancer patients throughout BC, to connect with one another and have a space to share experiences and information.

4th Monday of every month, 10:00 - 11:30am.

Call to register: 604-930-4000

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a weekly 8-session course designed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School. The goal of the course is to help people with serious illnesses or life challenges to lower their stress and suffering. It is about learning to be present while living with uncertainties.

To express your interest and be added to our waitlist, please register.

For more information on mindfulness resources:  Meditation and Mindfulness Pathfinder

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Online Program for Chinese-Speaking patients (在 線 靜 觀 減 壓課 程)

More information about this program


Relaxation Group - Kelowna
This is an in-person group at BC Cancer - Kelowna. 

Learn ways to calm your mind and relax your body. Please wear something comfortable and without scents.

Sessions are Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:15am. Okanagan Room 2nd floor.

To register, drop in to Patient & Family Counselling or call:  250-712-3963 
or 1-888-563-7773 ext 683963

Relaxation & Music Therapy Group
Our guided imagery and music therapy experience can promote relaxation and nervous system regulation.  Groups are led by certified music therapist Carolyn Neapole. A BC Cancer counsellor also runs the session.  No experience needed and everyone is welcome.

Sessions are Mondays at 5:30 pm, Wednesdays at 10:30 am, and Fridays at 2:30 pm

To register, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194 or toll free at  1.800.663.3333 ext.672194

Return to Work Seminar

For people returning to their former workplace after cancer treatment. This two part seminar will discuss ways to get ready for return to work, insurance issues, improving workplace well-being, employment rights and negotiating return to work. 

This seminar is offered 4 times a year. See calendar above.

For more information, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194

Young Adults Group
See Art Therapy Groups.

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