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Breast cancer: Area support groups

In addition to the breast cancer support group operated by Cancer Connection, 41 Locust St., Northampton, www.cancer-connection.org, many organizations offer similar services and some offer exercise-related activities for those with the disease.

Here is a sampling:

■ Baystate Breast & Wellness Center, 100 Wason Ave., Springfield Breast Cancer Support Group, (413) 794-2316 Contact: Sue-Ann Hilton http://www.baystatehealth.com/Baystate/breastcenter

■ Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High Street, Greenfield Breast Cancer Support Group, (413)773-2570 http://www.baystatehealth.com/Baystate/Main+Nav/Clinical+Services/Departments/Cancer/Cancer+Care+at+Baystate+Franklin+Medical+Center/Support+Groups+and+Events

■ Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, 85 South St., Ware Breast Cancer Support Group, (413) 967-2245 http://www.baystatehealth.org/Baystate/Main+Nav/About+Us/Locations/ Baystate+Mary+Lane+Hospital/Support+Groups

■ Center for Human Development’s Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield St., West Springfield Breast Cancer Support Group, (413) 733-1858 http://chd.org/index.php/cancer-house-of-hope.html

■ Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northamtpon Cancer Care Program, (413) 582-2028 http://www.cooley-dickinson.org/Main/CancerSupportServices.aspx

■ Forest Moon, 38 Park Place, 2C, Brattleboro, VT Yoga Series for Cancer Patients, (802) 246-1368 http://forestmoon.org/sample-page/workshop-series-yoga-writing/

■ Greenfield YMCA, 451 Main St., Greenfield Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors (pre-registration required) http://www.ymcaingreenfield.org/index.html

■ Holyoke Medical Center’s Women’s Center, 575 Beech St., Holyoke Bosom Buddies/Amigas De Pecho Breast Cancer Support Program (bilingual) http://www.holyokehealth.com/programs.aspx?id=310

■ La Esperanza, 602 Dwight St., Holyoke Breast Cancer Support Group (Spanish-speaking) http://www.laesperanzapv.org/


Breast cancer: Support groups offer camaraderie, discussions

Monday, September 30, 2013

During two years of treatment for cancer in both her breasts, which included a mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstructive surgery, Allison Rebello has had a place to talk about her fears and listen in on and learn from experiences of other women affected by the disease. Rebello, now 38, is one of a number of women who attend Cancer Connection’s weekly …

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