Support Groups

When facing cancer, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Meeting other cancer patients and survivors can be very helpful, so we offer many groups and programs to help you connect with others facing similar challenges. Please take a moment to review these programs and call the numbers listed below if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Find support meetings & events coming up on the calendar here.

Arts-in-Medicine at UNM • 505-272-472

From September to May of each year, the UNM Cancer Center waiting rooms and chemotherapy suites are transformed by the Arts-in-Medicine Program at the University of New Mexico. The program offers patients and their loved ones healing experiences with music, art, writing and massage to create moments of beauty and rejuvenation.

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reasons to think about
joining a support group:

  • Help you feel better, more hopeful, and not so alone
  • Get a chance to talk about your feelings and work through them
  • Help deal with practical problems, such as problems at work or school
  • Help cope with side effects of treatment

Source: National Cancer Institute

Cancer Survivor & Family Education & Support Group • 505-255-0405

In partnership with Cancer Support Now, we offer an education and support group for cancer survivors and their family members. The purpose of the group is to provide emotional support and other assistance to participants coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Look Good…Feel Better for Women • 505-272-6018

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the UNM Cancer Center offers the Look Good...Feel Better program, a free service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Volunteer beauty professionals instruct and support women on makeup techniques, skincare, nail care and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. Each participant receives a free cosmetics kit, a wig, scarf and/or turban.

To find out about Look Good…Feel Better programs statewide, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org or www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org

Meditation and Relaxation Group • 505-925-0104

The UNM Cancer Center’s Meditation and Relaxation Group practices mindful breathing and progressive muscle relaxation to help participants relax and experience well-being.

Survivors Writing Together • 505-925-0104

Survivors Writing Together provides a unique combination of journaling and support group for people in all stages of diagnosis and recovery.

Caregivers Journaling Support Group • 505-255-040

A journaling support group for family and friends of cancer patients. Discover the healing power of writing to express thoughts and feelings. No prior writing experience needed; spelling and grammar do not matter. This group is offered in partnership with Cancer Support Now