Who uses the Cancer Support Community?
Individuals who have cancer who desire to improve the quality of
their lives and be an active partner along with their physicians
and healthcare team come to the Cancer Support Community. People who have
had cancer and have completed medical treatments also attend to
maintain their health while focusing on survivorship issues. Family
and friends are also welcome to participate. No referral is needed.
Q: Can support people come even if the person with cancer doesn't
Yes! We have specific groups solely for family and friends of the
person with cancer, where people share their experiences, learn
how to best support the person with cancer, and also take care of
themselves. Also, support people are welcome to attend all other
parts of the program, such as educational workshops and stress management
Q: What is the best way to begin getting involved at the Cancer Support
Our Newcomers' Orientation is meant to provide new participants
with an introduction to all the services and programs available
at the Cancer Support Community. Attending a Newcomers' Group is also
necessary if you think you want to join one of our weekly support
groups. However, you can also just attend any other workshop or
program on the calendar without coming first to a Newcomers' Group.
We do ask you to come on time for scheduled programs, since we do
start them promptly.
Q: Do participants follow a specific program?
Participants decide which activities that they believe will help
them improve their own well-being.
Q: If I don't want to be in a support group, can I still attend
While support groups can be very helpful for people living with
cancer, they are not for everyone. We invite you to attend any program
or activity of interest to you. Please refer to the section on support
groups to determine whether a support group could be helpful
Q: Isn’t it depressing for people to be around other
people with cancer?
No one understands what it means to live with cancer better than
another person with cancer. This is what makes support groups so
powerful. Participants don’t check their sense of humor at
the front door. Groups share the full range of emotions, including
tears and laughter.
Who runs the Cancer Support Community’s programs?
All of our facilitators are licensed professionals with many years
of clinical experience, and training in the Cancer Support Community’s
methodology. Our instructors in yoga, T’ai Chi, meditation,
and nutrition are all certified and experienced in the particular
needs of people with cancer.
Q: Are medical services or advice available?
The Cancer Support Community does not have a medical staff. Individuals
seek their own treatment as they deem necessary.
Q: Is the Cancer Support Community program an alternative to medical
No. The program is meant to support the treatment prescribed by
a patient's healthcare team and is not a substitute for traditional
Q: What does it cost to participate?
Nothing...all programs and services are FREE. The Cancer Support Community
is a nonprofit organization and is supported by tax-deductible contributions
from the public, corporate donations, and foundation grants.
Q: What hours is the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia open?
You are welcome to come to CSCP during our business hours, which
are Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We often have
evening and Saturday programs (either weekly groups or programs
that are listed on the calendar).
Q: I don't have a car. Can I get to the Cancer Support Community
using public transportation?
Yes, but it involves advanced planning. At this time, there is no
bus route directly to the Cancer Support Community. However, we have a
car shuttle service to our Philadelphia location that operates on
weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. The shuttle can pick you up
at the intersection of City Line Avenue and Belmont Avenue (at the
Lukoil Gas Station's convenience store) 20 minutes prior to the
start of the activity you wish to attend, whether it's a group,
a workshop, or other program. You need to call in a reservation
at least 2 business days prior to the day the ride is needed. We
will take you back to City Line Avenue and Belmont Avenue 10 minutes
after the activity ends.
Q: Is the Cancer Support Community wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Most of the programs take place on the first floor of our building,
and there is a ramp to the front door. We have specially-designated
parking spaces close to the building for those in need. Since we
are located in a historic building, there are a few rooms which
are accessed by several stairs, but we will change room assignments
to accommodate our participants as needed.