Support Groups

Three cancer support groups are held monthly for patients in all stages of their cancer treatment, as well as for their families and friends: breast cancer, prostate cancer, and general cancer diagnoses. Attendance at all groups is free of charge, and participants receive complimentary parking and refreshments.

Breast Cancer Support Group

The Breast Cancer Support Group is open to all patients with breast cancer and their support persons. During the first hour, a guest speaker makes a presentation on a topic such as diagnostic mammograms, relaxation techniques, or the controversy surrounding hormone therapy after breast cancer. Next, we try to add variety and/or humor to the programs with a fashion show, a demonstration of upper arm exercises, or other topics chosen by the group. The second hour is a group discussion, often triggered by the speaker’s theme, which can include the influence of cancer on relationships, family life, and personal goals.

Breast Cancer Support Group 2014 Schedule

  • January,  14
  • February, 11
  • March, 11
  • April, 8
  • May, 13
  • June, 10
  • July, 8
  • August, 12
  • September, 9
  • October, 14
  • November, 11
  • December, 9

Location: Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center (across Jefferson Highway from the Ochsner Medical Center Main Campus)

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Information: Call 504-842-3708 for more information or to have your name placed on the mailing list for this group.
* Dates with an * indicate a combined prostate, breast, and general cancer support group for the month.

Baton Rouge Breast Cancer Support Group Information

The Baton Rouge Breast Cancer Support Group, The Hope Chests, meets at Ochsner Health Center - Summa Avenue, located at 9001 Summa Avenue, on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 pm. Call 225-761-5410 for more information or to have your name placed on the mailing list for this group.

The Hope Chests group is an education/support network used to inform, encourage and meet the needs to breast cancer patients and their family members. Once a month, opportunities for education are offered by speakers who are knowledgeable in the field of interest chosen by the group. Emotional support is achieved through group member interaction and group exercises that promote ventilation of feelings and fears.

This group is offered free to all breast cancer patients and their support persons.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Prostate Cancer Support Group is open to all men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their support persons. The group is structured to present a speaker every other month, while allowing for group interaction on alternate months. Group members suggest topics of interest. The group is professionally led by a master’s prepared social worker and two urology nurses. Us TOO, a nonprofit organization, provides information by specialists in various fields related to prostate cancer such as surgery, radiation, medicine, nutrition, and psychology.

Prostate Cancer Support Group 2013 Schedule

  • January 10*
  • February 21
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 6*
  • July 18
  • August 8
  • September 5*
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 5*                        

Location: Ochsner Medical Center - Cardiology Conference Room (3rd Floor, Main Clinic)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Information: Call 504-842-3708 for more information or to have your name placed on the mailing list for this group.
* Dates with an * indicate a combined prostate, breast, and general cancer support group for the month.