St. Vincent Healthcare is proud to offer cancer support groups to those who are currently undergoing cancer treatment, those who have completed cancer treatment and to the family and friends that have been a constant source of support throughout the process.
Support groups present information, provide comfort, teach coping skills, reduce anxiety and provide a place for people to share common concerns and offer emotional support. Support groups can improve quality of life for people with cancer by providing information and support to overcome feelings of loneliness and helplessness which may result from a cancer diagnosis. Those with cancer are better able to deal with their disease when supported by others who share the same experience.
All St. Vincent Healthcare cancer support groups are free and confidential.
The following support groups are available to assist you:
Breast Cancer Support Group - This group offers support for those affected by breast cancer, from newly diagnosed to survivor. It is facilitated by a St. Vincent Healthcare Breast Health Navigator. This group meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8pm in the Mansfield Health Education Center, 2900 12th Avenue N. For more information, please call 237-3115.
Celebrating Life - Tools & Resources to Thrive Following Cancer Treatment. This 10-week series at St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center, covers an array of topics from good nutrition and exercise to managing stress. The information shared in these interactive sessions is geared specifically towards survivors and their unique needs. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share experiences with others who understand exactly what they’ve been through. Class Topics include: Medical Follow-up/Communication, Nutrition, Effects of Cancer Treatment, Physical Activity, Naturopathic Medicine, Stress Management, Emotional, Body Image & Communication, Intimacy/ Sexuality, Life Choices and Goals.
For more information about the Celebrate Life Series or to register for classes, please call (406) 238-6290.
FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) - This group is open to individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Please contact the Billings FORCE outreach coordinator at 656-2031 for more information about the group, including meeting times and dates.
LiveStrong – Offered in partnership with the Billings Family YMCA, the 12-week LiveStrong program is designed to meet the needs of cancer patients who are making the shift to cancer survivor. Attending a minimum of two classes each week, participants strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve energy levels. For additional information, phone Kassia Lyman at (406) 294-1624 or Mistie Mims at (406) 294-1616.