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Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

CancerCare programs and services help 180,000 people each year. We distribute 540,000 publications and welcome 2.3 million website visits annually. In the past year, CancerCare provided more than $14.2 million in financial assistance. The size and scope of CancerCare has grown tremendously since 1944, but it has never wavered from its mission of providing help and hope to people affected by cancer.

To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

CancerCare’s Connecticut office was opened in 1988 to ensure that Connecticut residents have full access to all CancerCare services.

Our Mission

CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

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Face-to-Face Support Groups in Connecticut

For Patients

  • Recent studies have indicated that coloring mandalas or other patterns can reduce anxiety and induce a beneficial meditative state. Join us as we color beautiful mandalas and intricate designs over the course of eight weeks. Your finished projects can be framed or transformed into meaningful keepsakes.

    This is a quiet, activity-based support group that is open to anyone who is in treatment for cancer or completed treatment within the past two years. There will be discussion of one mindfulness technique, and the remainder of the time will include calming music to promote quiet conversation and reflection as we work with pencils and markers to complete unique creative works.

    This group takes place on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. beginning February 7.

    For more information or to register, please contact Susan Beno, LCSW at 203-663-2196 or

Free Wigs

CancerCare’s Norwalk, CT office offers free wig fittings by appointment. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please call 203‑854‑9911. If you do not live near our Norwalk, CT office, we can help you locate wig resources throughout the state.

Comfort Pillow Take Home Kit

CancerCare's Comfort Pillow Take Home Kit is for children who have cancer or have a family member with cancer and is designed to help parents facilitate discussions about cancer in the family. Each family is provided with educational materials on talking to children about cancer as well as materials for each child to make their very own “comfort pillow” decorated with all the things that comfort them.

**All Connecticut families affected by cancer are eligible to receive a free kit sent directly to their home.** If you know of a family in Connecticut that may be interested in receiving a comfort pillow kit, please have them contact CancerCare at 203‑854‑9911 or email Susan Beno, LCSW at

Pillow talk web adIf you live outside Connecticut or are a health care professional and would like to order a Pillow Talk Care Package, please use our online order form.


Board of Managers

  • David Pearlstone, MD
  • Charles Collier
    Vice President
  • John DeMelis
    Vice President
  • Diane Pincus
    Vice President
  • Clifford Stober
  • Cris Alvacedo
  • Kathy DiGiovanna
  • Richard H. Raphael
  • Jan Schaefer
  • Beth Thompson
  • Sandra Tripodi, MSW, LCSW
  • Josh Witkin
  • Richard Zelkowitz, MD

Presidents Emeritus

  • Charles Ellis
  • Michael Fishoff
  • Brendan M. Kerrigan
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