Local Resources – Midwest
Cancer Support & Wellness
Support services are available at Advocate Health Care to help patients and their loved ones cope with all the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
Caregiver General Support Group
Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00 AM
Location: 545 Belmont Lane Carol Stream, IL 60188
Living with Cancer: Cancer Support Group
Meets every Thursday from 9:30-11:00 AM
Location: Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center
Brain Tumor Family Support Group
Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: Gross Family Art Therapy Suite, on the first floor of Taussig Cancer Center
Contact: Kathy Lupica, RN, MSN, CNP, 216-445-6910
Caring for Caregivers Support Group
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Mansfield Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, Lower Level Conference Room
Contact: Sarah Close, LSW, MSW, 419-756-2122
Living with Cancer and Caregivers Care
Meets the 1st Monday of each month from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center (Sandusky), Sycamore Meeting Room
Contact: Lori Scott, LISW 419-626-9090 or 877-544-6222
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: Wyatt Guest House
Meets the 1st Monday of each month from 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: JamesCare at Ohio State East Hospital, BistrOH! Conf. Room
Patient Support Group
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, Second Floor, Room 2002
Resources provided by The James at Ohio State University – Comprehensive Cancer Center
Young Survivors Support Group
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Panera Bread (Clintonville)
Des Moines, IA
Advanced or Recurrent Cancer Support Group
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Location: John Stoddard Cancer Center, Suite 450 Conference Room
Caregiver Support Group
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 1:30 PM
Location: Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Powell-3 Conference Room
Brain Tumor Support Group
Contact: Francine Weidendorf 313-916-2723
Cancer Support Services
Support Services provided by the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital
Midwest Cancer Alliance
Support Groups throughout Kansas
Kansas City, MO
BeHeadStrong was established in 2003 by a group of brain tumor survivors, families and friends to provide support to the Kansas City brain tumor community. They are a volunteer based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with administrative expenses less than 3%.
Patient and Family Support Services
Support services for patients and families provided by the University of Kansas Cancer Center
Solace House is a center for Grief and Healing that supports children, individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal.
Gilda’s Club Kansas City
Gilda’s Club Kansas City has created a free community of support for men, women, and children diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and close friends.
Brain Tumor & Cancer Support Group
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every other month from 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Contact: 402-559-4420 (leave your name and phone number to RSVP your attendance)
Cancer Survivorship Group
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Contact: 402-559-4420 (leave your name and phone number to RSVP your attendance)
St. Louis, MO
Patient & Family Services
Services provided by Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University
Local Resources – Northeast
Caregiver Support Group Search
Caregiver support groups allow you to be in a group setting to discuss and share your caregiving experiences, find support, and listen to others facing similar situations. These support groups are provided by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Patient & Family Support Group
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers a listing of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Local Resources – South
Patient & Caregiver Support Groups
Cancer affects far more than a patient’s body; their psychological and emotional health must also be considered. As a caregiver, you may be challenged by your loved one’s health or mortality, which can cause anxiety and stress.
Resources and support provided by Texas Oncology
Chapel Hill, NC
Comprehensive Cancer Support Program
The Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina is dedicated to helping patients and their loved ones with cancer treatment, recovery, and survivorship, the CCSP offers programs and services both during and after your treatment.
Brain & Spine Tumor Support Group
Hollings Cancer Center offers support services to help you manage those effects and cope with the changes that may be happening during and following the end of treatment.
Patient and Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups provided by UT Southwestern Medical Center
Patient Support Services
Explore support services provided by UT Southwestern Medical Center
MD Anderson BEST (Brain tumor Education and Support Together)
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM
Location: Brain and Spine Center
Caregiver Support Groups
Supports groups provided by Midland Health
Brain & Spinal Tumor Education & Resource Group
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM
Cancer Support & Wellness Group
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 AM
Cancer Survivor Support Group
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Location: Keystone Heights Methodist Church
Explore resources and support groups provided by Orlando Health – UF Cancer Center
Yoga for Cancer
Meets every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 AM
Local Resources – West
Air Charity Network is comprised of network member organizations who cover specific geographical service areas and coordinate volunteer pilot flights in the continental United States as well as Alaska and Hawaii.
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.
For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, they are helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.
HEAL Well: A Cancer Nutrition Guide was created
through a joint project of the American Institute
for Cancer Research (AICR), the LIVESTRONG
Foundation, and Savor Health™. This guide
provides general information regarding nutrition
and cancer, addresses common questions
people have about diet, nutrition, and physical
activity during and after cancer treatment, and
offers suggestions for common cancer or cancer
treatment-related symptom management.
Nutrition problems that may come with cancer
and cancer treatment are also covered, including
suggestions to help manage possible eating-related
The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) patient information website brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. Well-informed patients are their own best advocates and invaluable partners for physicians. Cancer.Net provides timely, comprehensive information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions.
Brains for the Cure has created a Patient Resource Guide with worksheets and questions to use in and out of medical appointments. We encourage you to download and print the guide and bring it with you to your appointments.
CancerCare is the leading national organization committed to improving lives by providing professional services to help people manage the emotional and financial challenges of cancer.
Cancer for College provides hope and inspiration by granting need-based college scholarships and educational experiences to cancer survivors.
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.
Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves all the United States and Canada. Our mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Our goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. We have recruited over 1,200 maid services to donate free housecleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Since 2006, our partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 30,200 women – valued at over $10,000,000.
Explore 308,334 research studies in all 50 states and in 210 countries. ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Searchable database of resources
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LIVESTRONG provides support to guide people through the cancer experience – bring them together to fight cancer—and work for a world in which our fight is no longer necessary.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
The Know Yourself Worksheet helps patients prepare for a visit to their doctor and discuss their preferences with their family and health care team.
The worksheet explores:
- Hopes and goals about diagnosis and prognosis
- Personal goals and milestones
- Quality of life during and after treatment
- Impact of disease and side-effects
- Other concerns
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.
The mission of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.
The Physicians Data Query (PDQ) is the comprehensive cancer database of the National Cancer Institute, one of the most highly regarded sources of cancer information in the world. The database offers peer-reviewed summaries, prevention and screening, supportive care and alternative medicine options. It also houses over 23,000 clinical trials for cancer and a list of professionals that perform genetic services.
Brain cancer is one of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat malignancies. Moreover, in the almost 50 years since the start of the war on cancer, the prospects for people who develop brain cancer have improved much more slowly than those of individuals with other types of cancer. Despite a lack of progress in the clinic, research on this group of conditions is advancing steadily, and treatments with the potential to transform the field are on the horizon.
This Nature Outlook is editorially independent. It is produced with third party financial support.
The mission of No Wooden Nickels through our MedStart-5 program, is to provide valuable indirect expense assistance to low-income cancer patients to continue treatment.
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of over 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing.
Pinky Swear Foundation eases the financial and emotional impacts experienced by children with cancer and their families by providing basic needs support during a very challenging time. Cancer is not a one-day thing. It is hard to imagine what life is like to have a child going through cancer; it affects the whole family. That’s why our programsare so important. We do not limit requests from families, nor discriminate on socioeconomic status. When cancer enters life, the simple, everyday things aren’t so simple anymore.
PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
Please note that the content on the page above is provided solely as an informational resource for patients with brain tumors, their family members and caregivers. These organizations are not associated with the Brains for the Cure and we are not responsible for the content on these sites.