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    Cancer support groups

     

    Cancer support groups connect people affected by cancer and help them to share their experiences. Currently within South Australia cancer support groups operate independently to Cancer Council SA. These groups are either led by community members and /or health professionals. The views expressed by these support groups are the views of the support groups and are not necessarily those of Cancer Council SA.

    All information is correct at the time of updating.

    Below is a list of support groups that have provided contact details to Cancer Council SA. If you would like to add to or update this information please call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or email chl@cancersa.org.au

    Support groups by cancer type

    Asbestos

    Name Location Description
    Asbestos Diseases Society of SA Adelaide

    Located at 7 Ninth Street Bowden SA (part of the Uniting Care Wesley Bowden complex cnr Gibson Street). 24 hr phone numbers (08) 8359 2423 or freecall
    1800 157 540 
    Contact: President - Ian Sheppard ian@adssa-inc.com.au or Social Workers - Penny Jacomos
    0412 701 630

    Asbestos Victims Association (SA) Inc. Telephone support The group provides telephone peer support and has regular support group meetings. Refer to website www.avasa.asn.au
    Contact: Coordinator Pam Sandys (08) 8212 6008
    Port Augusta Asbestos Support Group Port Augusta Meetings are held of the first Friday of each month at the Port Augusta Bowling Club Cnr Marryatt & Jervois Streets Port Augusta. 
    Contact: Geoff Maul (08) 8642 2884 or 0419 822 296
    Email WIZZ1909@gmail.com
    Whyalla Asbestos Victims Support Group Whyalla

    Members provide support, information and advice on asbestos related and other lung diseases. Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of the month. Adelaide lawyers are available to answer questions at the meetings - please ring to make an appointment (08) 8645 0555 Support volunteers available Mon-Fri 10am - 3pm at Shop 5 87 Essington Lewis Ave Whyalla
    Contact: John Arthur (08) 8645 0555 or 0416 482 673
    Email wavsg@bigpond.com

    Bereavement

    Name Location Description
    Solace Association (SA) Inc. Adelaide Support groups for older adults who have lost their partners (Solace). Meets at premises of Deaf Society SA, 262 South Terrace, Adelaide on Tuesday afternoons.
    Contact: (08) 8272 4334
    Griefs Journey Adelaide Cumberland Park Supporting young widows and widowers through loss. Meets first Thursday of the month at 7 pm. Website http://griefsjourneyadelaide.org/
    Contact: Carolyn 0434 043 136 or Marian 0409 677 046 for venue.

    Brain

    Name   Location  Description
    Adult Brain Cancer South Australia   Adelaide   The Adult Brain Cancer group will hold a support meeting on the last Saturday of the month 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at Adelaide South West Community Centre, 171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.
    Contactadultbraincancersa@gmail.com

    Breast

    Name Location Description
    Adelaide Breast Cancer Friendship Group Adelaide metropolitan area A friendship group for women (and their loved ones) whose lives are affected by early or secondary breast cancer. We meet regularly across the Adelaide metropolitan area. New members are encouraged to contact Jenny or Dianne for details.
    Contact: Jenny Marsland 0412 843 640 or jenny.marsland@aapt.net.au, 2nd contact
    Dianne Radloff 0402 233 329 or dianneradloff@gmail.com
    Aldinga Breast Cancer Support Group Aldinga Face to face support and companionship over a coffee and a chat. Wednesdays fortnightly 10-12.
    Contact: Claudia Annells 0415 929 183
    Breast Friends Support Group Stirling Meets last Saturday each month at Konditorei Coffee Shop, Stirling 
    Contact: Coordinator Chris Patten (08) 8388 5897 or 0417 803 787 or cjpatten@bigpond.com, 2nd contact Sue Temple (08) 8390 1827 or 0419 864 328
    Friends in Pink Balaklava Meets quarterly.
    Contact: Diane Gregor for details of the next meeting 0439 886 312 or diane.gregor104@schools.sa.edu.au
    Breast Cancer Support Group Broken Hill Meet 4 pm on 4th Thursday of the month at Lifeline Hall, Broken Hill.
    Contact: Linda Williams (08) 8087 6715, 2nd contact: Maureen Rogers (08) 8088 1576
    Blackwood Hills Breast Cancer Support Group Blackwood Meets monthly for coffee and chat.
    Contact: Jackie (08) 8278 5761 or otworowski@bigpond.com for details.
    The Booby Bunch Mount Gambier Meets every 3 weeks, 11:30 am on Saturday at Molten Cafe, Mount Gambier.
    Contact: Coordinator Kaye Chalk (08) 8725 2299 or acchalk@bigpond.com, 2nd contact Lynette Hirth (08) 8723 0307
    Mt Gambier Breast Cancer Support Group Mount Gambier Meets monthly (Thursdays 1–3 pm) at the Australian Red Cross rooms, Ferrers Street, Mount Gambier.
    Contact: Margie Atwell (08) 8721 1492
    Naracoorte Breast Cancer Support Group Naracoorte Generally meets each quarter at various locations. Please contact for details.
    Contact: Emma Schultz 0409 423 627 or brucemma@rbm.com.au
    Noarlunga Breast Cancer Support Group Noarlunga Meets 1st Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm at Noarlunga Hospital (in meeting room in Nursing Administration)
    Contact: Coordinator Inara Gorbunovs, Womens health care nurse 0427 250 031 or (08) 8325 0030 or email nars08@bigpond.com
    Breast-Murray Mallee Pinaroo Meet every couple of months in each others homes. Area—Lameroo to Murrayville
    Contact: Coordinator Glenys Boseley 0419 124 853, 2nd contact: Rosalie Donovan 0428 136 287
    Port Adelaide Breast Cancer Support Group Port Adelaide Meet fortnightly Fridays 10–12 pm at Wonggangga Turtpandi (formerly known as Port Adelaide Health & Community Centre) Cnr Church & Dale Street
    Contact: The centre on (08) 8240 9611 for information and meeting times
    Bosum Buddies Northern Districts Breast Cancer Support Group Sailsbury East Meet 3rd Saturday of the month 10–12 pm at Salisbury East Neighbourhood centre, Smith Road, Salisbury East.
    Contact: Trish Simmons (08) 8283 2619
    Victor Harbor Breast Cancer Support Group - Breast of Friends Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation (Victor Harbor/Goolwa) Meets 1st Monday of each month at Carrickalinga House, Cnr Torrens & Hill Streets, Victor Harbor
    Contact: Kate Ellison 0407 744 866 or email katell7@bigpond.com
    Whyalla Pink Spirits Whyalla Meets weekly Fridays 10–3 pm. Alternates between Spotlight craft room and the Sundowner Hotel.
    Contact: Raelene Williams 0429 966 094 or (08) 8649 2423 or email bj.rswilliams@internode.on.net
    Contact: Elizabeth Anttila 0419 036 633 or email elizantt@hotmail.com
    SA Dragons Abreast West Lakes All breast cancer survivors welcome (male and female 16 years and over). Group training on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at West Lakes.
    Contact: David Morallee 0439 844 106 or email secretary@sadragonsabreast.com.au
    Adelaide Survivors Abreast Semaphore Park         Group is based at West Lakes Canoe Club, Bower Road Semaphore Park.
    Contact: PO Box 3395 Port Adelaide SA 5015,
    0432 068 180 or email asateam@picknowl.com.au

    General

    Name Location Description
    Naracoorte Mens Cancer Support Group Naracoorte Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Naracoorte Hotel, 73 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte. 
    Contact: Graham Hinze 
    0408 803 793 or sec.nmcsg@gmail.com
    Informal Support Group for Men Diagnosed with Cancer Victor Harbor Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation, Carrickalinga House, Cnr Hill & Torrens Street.
    Contact: John Francis 08 8552 4755 or 0427 182 177
    Carers Support Group Victor Harbor Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation, Carrickalinga House, Cnr Hill & Torrens Street.
    Contact: Sandra Hewitt 0408 818 392
    Kingscote KI Kingscote, Kangaroo Island The group provides support to people affected by cancer, through raising funds to support people living with cancer to access and treatment.
    The groups meet the 2nd Thursday of the every month at Murray Street, Kingscote.
    Contact: (08) 8553 2369 or (08) 8553 0165
    Sunnybrook General Cancer Support Group Tea Tree Gully Council area Cancer social/support group. Every Friday during school terms. Jubilee Community Centre, 7 Jubilee Way, Wynn Vale 5127.
    Contact: Jackie Hallam (08) 8397 7422
    Broken Hill Broken Hill Meets on the 2nd Wednesday month at 11 am Bridge Club, Sturt Park.
    Contact: Coordinator - Lyn Farguharson
    (08) 8087 7642
    The 'Rainbow Warriors' Support Group Ceduna

    Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the evening. If anyone is interested please contact the coordinator for a program. 
    Contact: Coordinator Rebbecca Braendler
    (08) 8626 2155 or rebbecca.braendler@sa.gov.au

    Kingston Cancer Support Club Kingston SE Meets 3 times a year on a Monday from 2 pm – 3:30 pm 
    Contact: Coordinator Jacquie Halliday (08) 8767 0238 or 0427 600 159 or jacquie.halliday2@sa.gov.au
    Merrygold's Cancer Support Group Mildura For women only.
    Contact: Group Coordinator Paula Gordon 0419 524 737, (03) 5024 8624 or p.a.gordon@bigpond.com
    Sunraysia Cancer Resources Mildura

    Located at 145 Tenth Street Mildura and open Tues-Fri 9.30am - 3.30 pm. The centre facilitates a number of different support groups and provides many other services. Refer to website www.sunraysiacancerresources.com.au
    Contact: Viona Woodroffe (03) 5025 8866 or canres@ncable.com.au

    Millicent Cancer Support Group Millicent Meets on the last Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 pm at the History Building Stuckey Street Millicent
    Contact: president Angela Leopold 0427 336 434, Secretary Karen Duncan (08) 8733 1418
    Hills Cancer Support Group Mount Barker Meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at Community Nursing Centre, Wellington Road, Mount Barker. Group is run by a volunteer.
    Contact: Bette Barrow (08) 8398 4274 or bbarrow2@internode.on.net
    Peterborough Cancer Support Group Peterborough Meets 11 am on the last Monday of the month at Peterborough Hospital.
    Contact: Coordinator Jenny Perrott (08) 8651 2335
    Caring Cancer Support Group Port Lincoln Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Port Lincoln hospital OT kitchen.
    Contact: Pat Boylan (08) 8682 5813
    Port Pirie Cancer Support Group Port Pirie General support group for those affeted by cancer. Meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 12 noon, port Pirie Hospital.
    Contact: Coordinator Ann Thorsteinsen (08) 8633 1283
    Mt Gambier Cancer Support Group Inc. Mount Gambier Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month 1.30pm at Naval Association Clubrooms, Birdwood Avenue, Mt Gambier. The group provides support to people and their families living with cancer.
    Contact: Lorraine Musgrove (08) 8725 3076 or 0419 826 559
    Southern Fleurieu Cancer Support Group Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroos Island Cancer Support Drop-in Centre located behind Civic Centre. Support to all who experience cancer, their carers, families and friends. Regular meetings are held.
    Contact: Lesley Hancocks, President (08) 8552 1269
    Whyalla Area Cancer Support and Services Group Whyalla Group offers 1:1 support and supplies information to cancer patients and their families.
    Contact: Sandra Plew 0412 639 911 or email classicsp@optusnet.com.au
    Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group (Men affected by any cancer welcome) Nuriootpa

    All men affected by cancer welcome. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from February - November at the Vine Inn Hotel Board Room, Nuriootpa. 
    Contact: Coordinator Don Piro 
    08 8562 3359 or djpiro2@bigpond.com

    Head and neck

    Name Location Description
    Head & Neck Cancer Support Group   Contact: Coordinator John Jandy (08) 8248 6276 or 0488 091 943, other contacts Frank Webster
    0418 806 006 or Liz Neale (08) 8364 0129

    Lung

    Name Location Description
    Australian Lung Foundation   Contact: for more information on lung cancer support groups in South Australia http://lungfoundation.com.au/patient-area/

    Melanoma

    Name Location Description
    Melanoma Patients Australia National peer support helpline Contact: peer support helpline 1300 88 44 50 or www.melanomapatients.org

    Mouth, nose and throat

    Name Location Description
    Mouth, Nose & Throat Online Support Group (through Cancer Connections) Online support group The group is hosted via www.cancerconnections.com.au             

    Myeloma

    Name Location Description
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) Adelaide Meetings held at Fullarton Park Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton.
    Contact: Ian Driver (08) 8552 6097 or www.myeloma.org.au
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) – Mid North Mid North Support network and information for multiple myeloma patients and carers.
    Contact: Group Coordinator Bronwyn Gerschwitz
    (08) 8664 0682 or graemebronwyng@bigpond.com
    Myeloma Foundation of Australia (SA division) – South East South East Support group for patients, families and friends who are coping with multiple myeloma and related disorders. Meetings held at Katnook Estate (The Stable), 6km from Penola. Meetings held 2nd Tuesday of every 3rd month from 11:30 am to 2:30pm.
    Contact: Carol Koch on 08 8765 9014 or 
    clk@live.com.au

    Oesophageal

    Name Location Description
    Oesophageal Cancer Support Group of South Australia Adelaide Meets three monthly.
    Contact: Jane Osborn 0418 834 174 or (08) 8294 9562 or janeeosborn@gmail.com

    Ovarian

    Name Location Description
    Ovarian Cancer Patients Support Group Royal Adelaide Hospital Promoted by Royal Adelaide Hospital C/- Women's Health Centre. Meets bi monthly on the Tuesday of the month.
    Contact: Coordinator Georgie Richter (08) 8222 4506 or georgina.richter@sa.gov.au, social worker and nurse Cecily Dollman cecily.dollman@sa.gov.au
    Flinders Ovarian Cancer Group Support - FOGS Flinders Medical Centre Contact: (08) 8204 5511
    Ovarian Cancer Australia's
    Tele-support Service
    National telephone support Tele-support group for women with ovarian cancer and also for the family and carers. www.ovariancancer.net.au
    Contact: 1300 660 334 or support@ovariancancer.net.au

    Prostate

    Name Location Description
    Adelaide-Mitcham Prostate Cancer Support Group Colonel Light Gardens Meetings normally on the 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm , Feb-Nov at RSL Club, 4 Prince George Parade Colonel Light Gardens.
    See www.adelaide-mitchampcsg.org for more information.
    Adelaide Hills Prostate Cancer Support Group Mt Barker Meets at 10:00 am on the 3rd Friday of the month (excluding December) at Adelaide Hills Community Health Service, Wellington Road Mt Barker. Contact: Convenor Sue Tulloch (08) 8393 1833 or Sue.Tulloch@sa.gov.au
    Balaklava Prostate Cancer Support Group Balaklava Meets from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month at 43 Edith Terrace, Balaklava. 
    Contact: Primary Contact David Appleby 0419 621 256
    Gay Prostate Support Adelaide Hindmarsh Meets from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on the 4th Tuesday of each month (excluding December) at 49A Ormond Street, Hindmarsh. Please call first if you are interested in attending a meeting as the group sometimes organises events away from the usual meeting place.
    Contact: Ivan Wooller (08) 8165 33030429 673 712 or imwooller@internode.on.net
    Lower Eyre Prostate Cancer Support Group Pt Lincoln Please call for details.
    Contact: Convenor Ross Allen 0478 228 399 or rossallen200@msn.com
    Lower North Prostate Cancer Support Group Clare Meets from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm bimonthly on Wednesdays in the Community Room Clare Hospital, Webb Street Clare.
    Contact: Group Leader Stephen Pink stv_pnk@bigpond.com
    Westside Prostate Cancer Support Group Henley Beach  Meets at 7:30 pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Henley Fulham Uniting Church Temple Worship Centre, 214 Military Road, Henley Beach. 
    Contact: Group Leader Andrew Luciani 08 8356 0887 or andandcl@adam.com.au Secondary Group Leader John Cox 08 8356 8650 or candjcox@adam.com.au
    M.E.N. Mens Engagement Network Victor Harbor Meets from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm fortnightly on Wednesdays at Gospel Centre Meeting Room (underneath the main building), George Main Rd (opposite the high school), Victor Harbor - entry from council carpark.
    Contact: Bill Harris 08 8552 3004 or deacbill@dodo.com.au
    Yorke Peninsula Prostate Cancer Support Group Minlaton Meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Monday of every month at Minlaton Community Health Centre, South Terrace, Minlaton. 
    Contact: Group Leader Tony Hughes 0448 400 031 or sarj@internode.on.net
    Barossa Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group Nuriootpa Currently meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Don Piro's home, 28 Kindler Avenue Nuriootpa from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
    Contact: Coordinator Don Piro (08) 8562 3359 or djpiro2@bigpond.com
    Port Pirie Prostate Cancer Support Group Port Pirie Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, February-December, at BHAS Bowling Club, Halley Street, Port Pirie from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
    Contact: Coordinator Allan Manfield (08) 8632 1324
    Riverland Prostate Cancer Support Group  Berri Meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of odd months at the Lion's Club Shed, Berri.
    Contact: Facilitator Allan Dand 0488 994 803 alglen@iprimus.com.au
    Gawler Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group Gawler Meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month except January. 7:00 pm in the Conference Room at the Gawler Health Services, 21 Hutchinson Road Gawler East.
    Contact: Convenor Lynton Carle (08) 8524 4086, 0421 421 793 or leslyncarle@chariot.net.au
    Kingston and Robe Prostate Cancer Support Group Kingston SE Meets on the 3rd Monday of even months at 7:30 pm or as needed. Group meets at the Kingston Bowling Club, James Street Kingston SE.
    Contact: Convenor Bob Hancock (08) 8767 2288 or 0408 672 288, or rrhancock1@bigpond.com.au
    Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group Murray Bridge Meetings are held at "Our Wellbeing Place" 108 Swanport Road, Murray Bridge.
    Contact: Chairperson Ron Nance 08 8532 2873 or ronald.nance8@bigpond.com
    Onkaparinga Prostate Cancer Support Group Noarlunga  Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month (except January), 6:30 pm –9:00 pm in the Board Room, Noarlunga Hospital, Alexander Kelly Drive, Noarlunga. On the first Sundays of June and December the group has a BYO luncheon in the hospital canteen and contact for the lunch is Phyllis Shields (08) 8382 6671.
    Contact: Malcolm Ellis (08) 8326 5588, malell@iinet.net.au
    Prostate cancer support groups Statewide Visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia's website for a list of support groups. www.prostate.org.au
    Whyalla Prostate Cancer Support Group Whyalla Norrie Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, excluding January, in Room 72, UniSA, Nicholson Avenue, Whyalla Norrie.
    Contact: Terry O'Brien (08) 8645 1310 or email raeleaterry@hotmail.com
    Naracoorte Prostate Cancer Support Group  Naracoorte Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Naracoorte Hotel, 73 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte. 
    Contact: Graham Hinze 0408 803 793 or sec.nmcsg@gmail.com
    Tatiara Prostate Cancer Support Group Bordertown Meets on the last Friday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Men's Shed, 67 Cannawigara Road, Bordertown (behind the RSL)
    Contact: Peter Hall (08) 8753 2382 or findingdragonfly1@bigpond.com
    Saddleworth Prostate Cancer Support Group Saddleworth Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Gilbert Valley Lions Club House, 35 Burra Road, Saddleworth.
    Contact: Peter Wayman clovelly@live.com               
    Limestone Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group Mt Gambier     Meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the District Council of Grant (old council chambers), 324 Commercial St West, Mt Gambier. There are no fees. Hear guest speakers, talk with men who have had treatment, find out information and get support for you, your partner and family,
    Contact: Malcolm Porter 0438 250 505 or msporter@activ8.net.au

    Various

    Name Location Description
    TISGs—Telephone and Internet Support Groups, NSW   Telephone and internet support groups. 
    Contact: 1300 755 632
    Cancer Care Centre Unley Information on support groups. Edmund Street, Unley.
    Contact: (08) 8272 2411 or www.cancercarecentre.org.au/
    Gawler Women's Cancer Support Network Gawler All women's cancers—women only. Meets monthly on a Tuesday at the Women's Centre, Lundoch Road (across from the hospital), Gawler South.
    Contact: Women's health worker Natasha Harvey (08) 8521 2175 or natasha.harvey@sa.gov.au
    Lower Murray Women's Cancer Support Group Murray Bridge

    The group meets on the first Monday of each month at various locations, please contact coordinator for meeting location.
    Contact: Tania Cercone - 0455 964 373 
    LowerMurrayWomensCancerSuport@gmail.com

    Riverland Women's Cancer Support Group Barmera Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1–3 pm, Resource Centre, 9-11 Seekamp Street, Berri. Group provides friendship, discussions, support and fun.
    Contact: Rebecca Semmens (08) 8588 0434 or rebecca.semmens@sa.gov.au
    Young Women Support Group Unley    

    For women with a diagnosis of cancer or cancer survivors under the age of 40 years. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at The Cancer Care Centre 76 Edmund Avenue Unley from 6 pm - 7:30 pm.
    Contact: Cancer Care Centre (08) 8272 2411 or admin@cancercarecentre.org.au

    Unicorn Support Group - Neuroendocrine cancers Eastwood This group provides information and emotional support to its members and meets every second month on Tuesday afternoons at Cancer Council SA 202 Greenhill Road Eastwood from 3 pm - 5 pm.
    Contact: Kathy Hatzi 0413 300 010 or see www.unicornfoundation.org.au for more information.