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Members of the Gastrointestinal Support Group share information about issues related to gastrointestinal cancers that include colorectal, esophageal, gastric and pancreatic cancers. Friends and family members are welcome.

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Meeting Time:

Thank you for your interest. We are currently revising the meeting schedule for this group. Stay tuned for updated information. 

Hospital:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center - Ambulatory Care Center, 6th Floor Healing Garden (behind elevators)
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group at UMass Memorial Medical Center is for children with inflammatory bowel disease and their families. This support group is supported by our Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Meeting Time:
Hospital:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center 2nd Floor Benedict Building – Stress Reduction Room
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA
Call:

Lisa Fournier: email or call 508-395-2278

A mind/body medicine group that meets once weekly for an hour and a half to practice complimentary care therapies including tai chi, restorative yoga, guided imagery and deep breathing exercises. Patients, family members and friends, cancer center staff as well as interested medical students are welcome.

Directions

Meeting Time:

Thank you for your interest. We are currently revising the meeting schedule for this group. Stay tuned for updated information. 

Hospital:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, Ambulatory Care Center – 5th floor, behind the elevators
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

UMass Memorial Medical Center hosts kidney (renal) and pancreas transplant support groups to help you and your family members before, during, and after transplant. Participants do not need to be UMass Memorial patients to attend.

Organ Transplant Support at UMass Memorial

Whether you are waiting for your transplant or have already had surgery, it is very important to have support all along the way from different people and groups. Read about the value of a support group and how you can make the most of it.

The UMass Memorial Kidney Pancreas Transplant Support Group is facilitated by transplant social workers and offers you and your care provider monthly guest speakers talking about a variety of topics related to kidney and pancreas transplant. But just as importantly, our group is a forum for supportive sharing and spontaneous conversation among you and participants. Give-and-take discussions often touch upon:

  • Nutrition
  • Medical compliance
  • Medications
  • Financial support options
  • Family relationships
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Attitudes toward illness

You do not have to be UMass Memorial patient to attend. Light refreshments are provided.

UMass Memorial also hosts a separate support group for kidney transplant patients who are actively seeking a donor. Call for more information.

*Schedule exceptions:

  • July: No meeting
  • August: Summer BBQ Potluck & Open Discussion
  • December: Gift of Life Celebration instead of regular meeting. The group also hosts a small holiday gathering; dates to be decided.
Meeting Time:

First Wednesday of each month* 4:30 to 6 pm

Hospital:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus Transplant Conference Room, Level A
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Call:

Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Clinical Social Worker, 508-334-1269

No registration or RSVP is required. Call with any questions.

UMass Memorial Medical Center hosts liver transplant support groups to help patients and their families before, during and after transplant. You do not need to be UMass Memorial patient to attend.

UMass Memorial Liver Transplant Support Group

Whether you are waiting for your transplant or have already had surgery, it is very important to have support all along the way from different people and groups. 

The UMass Memorial Liver Transplant Support Group is facilitated by transplant social workers and occasionally features a prescheduled topic or presentation. But just as importantly, our group is a forum for supportive sharing and spontaneous conversation among you and participants. Topics often include:

  • Nutrition
  • Medical compliance
  • Medications
  • Financial support options
  • Family relationships
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Attitudes toward illness

Light refreshments are provided.

No registration or RSVP is required. Call with any questions.

Meeting Time:

First Thursday of each month 4 to 5:00 pm

Hospital:
UMass Memorial Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus Transplant Conference Room, Level A
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Call:

Doris Tripp-MacPherson, LICSW, 774-441-8646

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