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Kidney Pancreas Transplant Support Group

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.

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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.

Location: 

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

Meeting Time: 

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

Call: 

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

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

Please note: Latex Balloons No Longer Allowed at Medical Center

Due to allergic reactions to latex and the possible choking hazard for our pediatric patients, these balloons are no longer allowed. Mylar balloons are acceptable to bring into the hospital.