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Support Groups

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a frightening experience, leaving you both physically and mentally exhausted. We understand the anxiety you may be feeling and are here to help you through your cancer journey. Finding the right support group can be an important part in your road to recovery. At Clearview, we offer a variety of support groups that give patients and their families an opportunity to share and learn in a compassionate environment. Find the one that is right for you!

Bosom Buddies

The Sandra J. Bryant Breast Cancer Support Group, better known as “Bosom Buddies” meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the East Room at Clearview Cancer Institute (3rd Floor, Huntsville – Russel Hill location). Each month, our group will give you the support you need, and provide the latest information about breast cancer from physicians and healthcare specialists. Join us for support, education, fun, and refreshments! For more information, call 256-551-2004 or email

Clearview Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

This program, also known as CAYAC, is for young cancer survivors between the ages of 18-35 years old. This group provides the opportunity for young adults to meet and share their stories and provide emotional suppport and assistance when returning to work or school. CAYAC usually meets monthly on Tuesday nights at a time and location decided by the group. They may have a guest speaker, go out to dinner, or just grab a coffee one night. Please visit the CAYAC Program Facebook page for location and meeting times or email

Coping with Cancer

The group is led by Ron Williams, M.S. in Counseling, Pastoral Counselor. He has also authored several books dealing with grief and loss. This class is for patients as well as family members but more designed for patients. It is a group style class that allows patients to talk about what they are going through and what is “normal” for cancer patients. The class will help patients gain a sense of empowerment, improve coping skills, reduce stress and anxiety, and provide support.

Coping with Cancer meets twice a month at the Huntsville – Russel Hill location, 3rd floor, East Room, 10:00am-11:00am. Please click here for a complete list of dates.  For more information, please call 256-679-5558

Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley provides bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults. For more information, call (256) 350-5585

Ladies Lunch

Intended for all female cancer survivors, meetings are held at local restaurants for fellowship and to share. This group meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 11:30am. Those survivors who do not wish to come alone are welcome to bring a female friend. For more information, call (256) 973-2184

Pink Sisters

Pink Sisters is a breast cancer support group organized by survivors in Decatur and surrounding areas. Please call (256)606-5041 or email for meeting time and location.


Steel Magnolias Breast Cancer Support Group

The mission of this group is to provide support and services to breast cancer survivors in Calhoun and surrounding counties. For more information, please call 256-231-8827 or go to: 


Shoals Cancer Support Group

This group offers support to individuals diagnosed with any type of cancer. Come share and learn in a warm, compassionate environment. This group meets at the Lauderdale Public Library on the 2nd Friday of each month @ 10:00am. Lunch is provided.  For more information, please call 256-284-6032.


Breast Cancer Support Group of Walker County

Join this group of breast cancer survivors for encouragement, inspiration, and educational information. Meetings are held at the Jasper Public Library on the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 1:30pm. For more information, please call 205-384-5607


Circle of Friends

This fun and energetic group of women learn the latest information about cancer and tips on maintaining healthy lifestyles. It is open to all female cancer survivors. Call 256-705-4209 for more information.


Pink Ladies

Provides support, encouragement, and education for breast cancer survivors. This fun group of women meet the monthly. Locations and times change, please call for more information 256-574-2883


Climb® is a support program developed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation and sponsored by the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation. CLIMB stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery. The six-week program addresses the emotional needs of children, ages 6-17, when a family member has cancer. Through conversation and art projects, children will learn skills needed to cope with their loved one’s diagnosis.


All activities and discussions are developmentally appropriate, with participants being divided into smaller groups based on age.


Parents will have separate sessions each week and will be educated on how to communicate their diagnosis and treatment plan with their children.


All facilitators are licensed social workers and have received specialized training for CLIMB®.


The CLIMB® program meets from 5:30-7:00 pm on Thursdays at the Russel Hill campus in Huntsville for six weeks. Questions: call 256-705-4209. The group is for children ages 6-17 with a loved one who has cancer. It does not have to be a parent on treatment, but parent or guardian permission will be obtained.


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