Support Groups & Educational Programs

Support groups provide a place where patients and families can meet others going through a similar experience. Patients find that meeting with others helps to reduce anxiety, stress and isolation, while providing cancer information and other coping tools.

Many free support and education programs are offered at the Cancer Center. Please call (805) 563-5852 for support group schedules, locations and times. You may also search our online calendar. A listing of other oncology support groups in our area is also available.
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Brain Tumor Support Group (805) 563-5852
When: 3rd /Thursday/month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Front Lobby
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Caring for the Caregiver Support Group (805) 563-5852
This group is designed for relatives and friends who are caring for a loved one with cancer.  Learn to manage nausea, pain and fatigue and about home health resources and tools to assist in caregiving. When: Please call for dates & times.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Community Cancer Support Group (805) 563-5852
This program is for patients, family members & friends.
When: 1st/ Thursday/month, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Head and Neck Tumors:  Managing Treatment & Recovery (805) 563-5852
When: 2nd /Thursday/month, 5:30  -6:30 p.m.
Please call (805) 563-5852  for current schedule.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Multipurpose Room
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Living with Lung Cancer Group (805) 563-5852
For those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer and their families.
When: 1st / Thursday/month, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Lymphedema Education & Screening Clinic (805) 563-5852
This clinic offers education and screenings for those at risk of developing lymphedema. Services are provided by a certified lymphedema therapists.
When: Please call for class times and screening appointments.
Where: Please call for location.


Melanoma Education & Support Program (805) 563-5852
A forum where those diagnosed with melanoma can share their experiences and exchange information.
When: 2nd Thursday/month, 4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Ovarian Cancer Support Group (805) 563-5852
When: 2nd Thursday /month , 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Prostate Cancer Program (805) 563-5852
For men diagnosed with prostate cancer.
When: 2nd Tuesday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center Conference Room
524 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Sobreviviendo el Cancer (805) 563-5852
When: 1st & 3rd Monday/month, 4:30 - 6:00pm p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Conference Room
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara


Teens Helping Teens Program (805) 563-5852
A safe place for teens to exchange information and to find new ways to cope when a parent has cancer.
When:  Please call for dates and times.
Where:  Please call for location.

Watch a video of this support group!

Young Adult Support Group (805) 563-5852
To provide a place where young adults, ages 18-39, can share their cancer experience, support one another, and exchange information.
When: 2nd Thursday/month, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
524 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara

Youth Group “I Count Too” (805) 563-5852
For youth, ages 6 - 15,  who have a family member with cancer.
When: Please call for dates & times.
Where: Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara