Support & Resources

Oncology Support Group

Anna Jaques Hospital welcomes individuals and families affected by cancer to join the new, free monthly support group. The group is open to anyone coping with a cancer diagnosis so that they can spend time with others facing similar situations. The group provides ongoing support, encouragement and friendship.

The group meets on the third Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30 at the Newburyport Medical Center (One Wallace Bashaw Way, Suite 2001, Newburyport). It is hosted by Susan M. Smith M.S.W., LICSW and the Chemotherapy Infusion Suite Nurses. Each month the support group features a different guest speaker to share helpful and educational information. Coffee and beverages will be served.

For more information, please call 978-463-1374.

Physical Therapy

Our two convenient, centrally located clinics in Newburyport are staffed with expert physical therapists, trainers and new equipment. Our licensed physical therapists are dedicated to excellence in the science and art of rehabilitation. They continually participate in advanced course work in their areas of specialization, so they can provide you with the most advanced and effective treatments available, including lymphedemia and aquatic therapy for cancer patients.

Reach to Recovery®

A peer support program providing information and support by connecting women with someone who has been through the breast cancer experience herself--the Reach to Recovery volunteer. The patient may meet or talk to a volunteer at any point during her breast cancer experience.

"tlc"™ magalog

A free magazine-catalog of products designed for women being treated for cancer to help ease the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Product are available for breast cancer survivors, and women who have hair loss because of treatment.

Pet Therapy

Lucy and LoLo

Our highly trained pet therapy dogs help heal the spirit while we help heal the body.

American Cancer Society

Local chapters of the American Cancer Society sponsor the programs listed below. To learn more call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit

YWCA Encore After Cancer

A free session based program designed specifically for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives. Incorporating gentile exercises, relaxation techniques, information and peer group support, is it safe, fun and therapeutic. Gentle but effective exercises improve strength, mobility and flexibility while the warm water relieves affected muscles. The exercise program is specifically designed to target areas that have been affected by breast cancer surgery and treatment.

North of Boston Cancer Resource 

This comprehensive online guide provides easier access to complementary therapies and programs, specifically designed to help people with cancer survive and thrive through diagnosis, treatment and beyond. A resource for people living with cancer, and their families, in our community. Visit

Tough Warrior Princesses

The TWP Princesses provides support to women impacted by cancer. TWP provides resources, support and a community to support women in their time of need. The group hosts monthly "Warrior Chats" - a gathering of survivors to share stories and support, the second Thursday of every month at 7pm at Plum Island Coffee Roasters. 

Cancer Survivors Network (CSN)

Created by, and for cancer survivors and their families to connect with others who have been touched by cancer. People in this virtual community share experiences, strength, and hope using the free, interactive service on the web through

Look Good...Feel Better®

A nationwide public service program helping women to overcome the appearance-related side effects associated with cancer treatment. Trained volunteers offer guidance and instruction to women in a supportive environment, helping them regain their confidence and self-esteem.

Breast Cancer Patients

Patient Navigator

Our dedicatedPatient Navigator, Kathy Porter, RN, OCN, at the Gerrish Breast Care Centeris here for you, every step of the way. She will help you schedule the treatment you need, prepare you for your next appointment, and help educate and support the emotional needs of you and your family. Kathy has over 25 years of experience in nursing. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Society with additional training in breast health. She was a three year recipient of a Susan G. Komen for the Cure community grant and served as a community ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She has spoken at the local and national levels on patient navigation sharing her 14 years of experience in this specialized role.

Breast Cancer Support Group

A place for women who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer to be able to share their thoughts and feelings and support one another. 3rd Thursday of each month.