Support groups

Shared experiences and mutual understanding can help reduce isolation and strengthen your abilities to cope. Support groups are often made up of patients with the same type of cancer. The majority of the groups at FORCE are facilitated by Healthcare Professionals for people with a diagnosis and some are for the people supporting them too. A few groups are run by patients and carers with occasional input from Healthcare Professionals.

All groups listed below meet at the FORCE Cancer Support Centre unless otherwise stated.

Feel free to download or print our Support Groups leaflet.

Family and Friends Support Group

The Family and Friends Support Group is available for anyone who is close to someone affected by cancer. You might be a partner, family member or close friend. This group offers an opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation and is run on Wednesdays over six sessions fortnightly.
You will need to book in advance as space is limited and we encourage you to attend all sessions if possible to benefit from this opportunity.
If you are interested in knowing more or enrolling, please contact Emma or Stella on 01392 406168 or by email – emma@forcecancercharity.co.uk or stella.king@forcecancercharity.co.uk

Brain Tumour Support Group

For patients & carers
Held on the first Friday of the month 2pm – 3.30pm
For further details please contact Julie Liddle on 07711 597165 or Annie Kerr  on 01392 406151.
For more information go to www.braintumoursupport.co.uk

Lymphoedema Support Group

Meets three evenings a year. Monday evenings 6.30pm – 8pm
Please contact Heather Davey on 01626 873415

Oesophageal Patients and Carers Support Group

The local Exeter support group meets at 1-3pm on the last Friday of the month.
Please contact Alan Wilson on 01626 891621

Secondary Breast Cancer Support Group

This group is specifically for any patient who has received a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer.
The group meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of each month, between 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
For further information please contact Sarah Delfont on 01392 406169 or Gill Gray on 01392 402707.

Younger Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group (under 50s)

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 1.00pm – 2.30pm.
Please contact Mary Allen (Breast Care Nurse) on 01392 402707 or Stella King (FORCE Oncology Support Specialist) on 01392406168.

BRCA 1 & 2 Gene Carriers Support Group

This group meets quarterly and is not a drop-in group.
For more information please contact Anne Searle on 01392 405731

Gynaecological Support Group

This group meets monthly and is for patients only.
Further information please contact Gail Webb on 01392 406552

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

This group meets on the first Thursday of each month 10am – 12pm.
For details please contact Joy Higgs on 01392 402215

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

This group is held bi-monthly on Tuesdays 12:30 – 2pm.
For details please contact Frances Robinson on 01392 402775

Laryngectomy Support Group

This group is held quarterly and is for patients only.
For details please contact Claire Higgins on 01392 402489

Prostate cancer support in North and East Devon

The North and East Devon Prostate Support Association provides a source of help and support for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their partners/carers. It has groups in Barnstaple/Torridge, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth, Exeter, Sidmouth, and Tiverton, Cullompton and Honiton. For contact details and the dates of meetings, please go to www.nedpsa.org.uk