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Brain Tumor Support Groups

Following a brain tumor diagnosis, it may be helpful to connect with others in a similar situation. Many people find that this helps manage stress and provide valuable insights. Our virtual Brain Tumor Support Group allows patients, survivors, families and caregivers to learn more about brain tumors, share experiences and receive support.

A variety of educational topics are presented at meetings scheduled throughout the year. Facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker and advanced practice nurse from the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Lurie Cancer Center, the support group is open, at no charge, to all brain tumor patients, regardless where they were or are treated. If you know someone who would benefit from attending a support group, please let them know we are here.

The group meets online the third Monday evening of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Please email to discuss participation and virtual meeting details.

Group Facilitators


Chris Balmaceda, LCSW


Mary Ellen Maher


Meg Schwartz, MSN, APN

Northwestern Medicine Living Well Cancer Resources

Living Well Cancer Resources offers a variety of psychosocial programs and services at no cost to patients and their families. Programs include professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition services, art and exercise classes, stress reduction classes, special events and more.

Living Well has two locations, Geneva and Warrenvill, though virtual attendance is also offered. Click here to learn more.  

Support Group in South Chicagoland Suburbs

Those looking for a support group closer to home in the south suburbs should visit the Cancer Support Center in Homewood. Northwestern Medicine nurse practitioner Laura Zuckerman runs the frequent brain tumor networking events held there.

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