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Support Groups

St. Mary’s Medical Center is happy to host regularly scheduled educational and support classes. Please see each class’ description below for meeting details.

Breast Cancer Support Group

This special group promotes recovery in women diagnosed with breast cancer at any phase of their experience. Women receiving care at any institution are welcome and the class is free of charge. Sessions are conducted in an atmosphere providing a safe, secure and confidential place where women can share their stories, exchange information and learn how best to care for themselves from an experienced oncology nurse and psychotherapist. 
Sessions are conducted on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and women are free to choose the one most convenient for them. 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.
Facilitator: Diane Scott, Ph.D.
St. Mary’s Medical Center
2250 Hayes Street, Level C
Cancer Center Conference Room
For more information, call (415) 387-3344.  

Pre-Surgery Class: Breast Cancer and Physical Therapy

This classes is for patients having breast cancer surgery, such as lumpectomy, mastectomy, plastic surgery or axillary lymph node dissection. Each meeting features a physical therapist providing information on:

  • Reducing  risk for developing  lymphedema
  • The do’s and do not’s of exercising after surgery
  • How to optimize  strength and restore mobility
  • Pain relieving techniques
Classes start August 24th.
Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month
3-4 p.m.
Enter at 2250 Hayes Street, Level C 
(meeting held in the conference room in the Cancer Center, Room 109). 
To sign up or for more information, call Fiona McCusker at (415) 387-3344, extension 8304.

Living Well With Diabetes

St. Mary’s presents an opportunity for better health. We offer free diabetes educational classes every Monday.
  • Learn how to care for your diabetes
  • Learn what to eat
  • Learn why to check your blood sugar
St. Mary’s Medical Center
450 Stanyan Street
3 East Conference Room (Main Hospital, 3rd Floor) 
Mondays: 4 - 5 p.m.
For more information, call (415) 750-5513.

Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

This group is currently on hold. For more information, call Dr. Kevin Carroll at (415) 750-5805 or e-mail [email protected]

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

This is an informative seminar for prospective patients and post-operative surgical weight loss patients. Learn more about weight-loss surgery from physicians, nurses and patients.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. 
Meetings begin at 7 p.m.
450 Stanyan Street, Level B

San Francisco, CA 94117
For more information, call (415) 688-3200.