Moores Cancer Center Support Groups

For a full schedule of all patient and family events, and to verify event dates, see the monthly calendar or event listing. Dates may change during months with holidays.

Cancer Patient Support Group

Date and time: Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 pm
Location: Meditation Room, first floor
Facilitators: Lauren Gunneson, 858-822-3581

This support group for patients with all types of cancer is scheduled at the same time as the caregiver gathering, below, but in a separate location.

Cancer Caregiver Gathering

Date and time: Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 pm 
Location: Room 3106, third floor
Facilitators: Tiffani Wang, 858-822-7905

Come together for conversation. Take a break and join others to develop connections with other caregivers and share helpful advice and tips.

Grupo Esperanza: Spanish-Speaking Patient Support

Dates and times: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 am – 12 pm, 4th Thursday of the month, 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Room 3079
Facilitators: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW, OSW-C and Sara Feinstein, PhD

Grupo Esperanza ("Hope Group") is a bimonthly support group for Spanish-speaking cancer patients and is open to the community. Following open discussion and/or a writing exercise, participants will be led through a guided imagery relaxation exercise. Call Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, 858-822-6201, to register or with questions.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Date: 3rd Tuesday of every month
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location: Goldberg Auditorium, second floor
Registration: Contact Jessica Thompson, or 858-822-7874

This group is intended to give information to current prostate cancer patients and to provide a place for them to share their experiences. View a list of the 2014 guest speakers.

Brain Tumor Foundation Support Group

Date: 2nd Tuesday of every month
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Comer Commons, second floor
Registration: Drop in or call San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation (SDBTF) at 619-515-9908

Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support

Date: 4th Wednesday of every month
Time: 2 - 3:30 pm
Location: Room 2007
Facilitator: Mercedes Garcia-Mohr, LCSW, 858-822-6201

For woman with breast cancer. Each month an expert presents information on topics relevant to women with breast cancer. Following the presentation, participants share concerns, feelings, information, inspiration and hope.

CLL Education and Support 

Date: 1st Wednesday of every month
Time: 4 - 5:30 pm
Location: Comer Commons
Facilitator: Rachael Davenport, 858-822-7902

A monthly educational seminar and support group for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Join us to hear from a CLL expert, and share and gain support from other CLL patients. Learn the latest information about CLL research and treatments. Discover ways to manage the challenges of cancer. Improve your communication skills and relationships. Gain strength by connecting with others. Improve the quality of your life. 

Gastrointestinal Patient Support Group

Date: 3rd Wednesday of every month
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Location: Room 3106, third floor
Facilitator: Rachael Davenport, 858-822-7902

The GI group provides education and support to patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal cancers, including pancreas, liver, cholangiocarcinoma, gastric, esophageal, colon, rectal or anal cancer. Each month we provide an educational presentation and discuss related issues or other issues that group members may be experiencing. 

Lung Cancer Patient Support Group

Date: 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: Room 3106, third floor
Facilitator: Rachael Davenport, 858-822-7902

For lung cancer patients in any phase of treatment.  Join others like you, in a supportive environment where you can explore important issues that matter when coping with lung cancer.

SAVI Sisters Support Group

Date: Meets quarterly, call for next session date
Facilitator: Carmen Ayala, LCSW, 858-822-5407 or

For women who have undergone or are considering breast cancer brachytherapy using SAVI (Strut Adjusted Volume Implant). Connect with others, find support, share practical information, and discuss the challenges of living with breast cancer.

Moores Cancer Center exterior entrance 

Location for all groups

Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
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