Support groups for breast cancer patients and survivors

Women living with metastatic breast cancer can get help managing their psychosocial needs by attending a free support group at The Norma Pfriem Breast Center. The Breast Center has been offering free support groups to women in breast cancer treatment for more than 10 years. New support groups begin in September.

Emotional support is as important to the breast cancer journey as the medical care women receive.  Women in all stages of treatment, including survivors, face issues as they cope with their disease and transition to their lives after treatment.  At the NPBC, women can take advantage of support groups for patients and families.  

The NPBC support groups are led by a highly qualified team of psychiatrists, social workers and psychologists.  

Living with Metastatic Disease meets twice each month on Thursdays, 12:30-2 p.m. The group is led by Dr. Mindy Hersh, a psychologist with nearly 20 years experience working with patients with depression, anxiety, trauma, body image, relationship and parenting issues. She provides a compassionate, supportive and nonjudgmental approach tailored to meet the needs of her clients.

Living with Cancer (for women with any cancer) meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in Fairfield and for Young Women with Cancer, the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in Trumbull. The group is led by Dr. Mary Jo Vasquez, a clinical psychologist, who provides psychotherapy in a supportive, collaborative, and compassionate manner.  She specializes in helping people cope with various types of trauma, including diagnosis and treatment of serious illness, infertility and loss. 

4th Thursday support group for Young”er” women to PAMC, 5-6:30.

Call 203-255-5300 for information or to register in advance.

For more information, call 203-255-5300 or visit bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.

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