Support groups

Supporting you and your loved ones from diagnosis through survivorship.

All support groups are held on a drop in basis and located on the Salem Hospital Campus unless otherwise noted.

Cancer Support Groups

For people living with cancer and those who support them.

1st and 3rd Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m.
Cancer survivors and caregivers meet together.

2nd and 4th Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m.
Survivors and caregivers meet in separate rooms, with the caregiver group facilitated by Bev Bennett, BSW.

Building D, first floor

Facilitated by Wayne Halle, MSW, LCSW, Oncology Certified Social Worker. Caregiver group facilitated by Bev Bennett, BSW.

Restoring Intimacy Cancer Support Group

First Thursday and third Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Salem Hospital Building D, first floor, Gerlinger Support Group Room

For patients and caregivers. Discuss common concerns, share experiences, learn coping skills and reduce anxiety. Meetings will include a short presentation and open discussion. Facilitated by volunteers Dennis Thompson, MSW, and Gerrie Smith-Thompson, who are both cancer survivors.

Young Adult Cancer Support Group

For young adults aged 21-39 who are living with any type of cancer.

3rd Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Building D, first floor
Facilitated by Wayne Halle, MSW, LCSW, Oncology Certified

Latino Cancer Support Group

For people living with cancer and those who support them.

Either 1st Monday or 1st Wednesday of each month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Building D, second floor Rm: D21
Mon. Feb 3rd, Wed. Mar. 5th, Mon. Apr 7th, Wed. May 7th
Facilitated by Maribel Mendez, Bilingual Health Educator.

Grupo de Apoyo para Latinos Sobrevivientes de Cáncer y los que los apoyan. Nos reunimos en fecha alternas: El primer lunes o miércoles del mes En el edificio- D, en el segundo piso, sala D2. Horario: 12:30 – 1:30 de la tarde. Lunes, 3 de febrero, miércoles, 5 de marzo, lunes, 7 de abril, miércoles, 7 de mayo Facilitado por Maribel Méndez, Educadora de Salud Bilingüe.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Helpful information for anyone dealing with prostate cancer. Spouses welcome and encouraged to attend. 

3rd Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Building C, first floor, rooms A-C
Facilitated by Ed & Marcy Kuenzi, Volunteers & Cancer Survivor

Knit Well

A unique way to cope with the stress of cancer and other life obstacles. All are welcome including beginning, intermediate and advanced knitters. Please bring your knitting needles and yarn.

3rd Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.
Building C, first floor, lobby
Facilitated by Sharlon Bradley, RN, OCN

Starting Chemotherapy

An opportunity to ask questions and learn what to expect before starting treatment. Our nurse will meet with you one on one to discuss your specific treatment plan. Pre-registration is required. Please call Salem Cancer Institute at 503-562-4321 to register.

Mondays, 4 p.m.
Building B, first floor, room 1
Facilitated by Sharlon Bradley, RN, OCN


You will be guided through gentle yoga poses intended to help you stretch and relax. You will never be asked to do more than is comfortable for you. Please bring your own yoga mat and wear loose comfortable clothing.

Fridays, 9:45 to 11 a.m.
Building D, second floor, room 2
Led by Ivan Fernandez, Certified Yoga Instructor

Salem Cancer Institute


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