Support Activities | Boston Medical Center
doctor Find a doctor

Support Activities

Cancer Support Programs offers ongoing support activities that speak to the interests of many cancer survivors. People get to know one another in the context of skill-building and body/mind activities. They recognize cancer is only one part of their experience.

  • Groups are open to anyone with cancer, regardless of when and where they may have been treated.
  • Registration is not required, but it's best to call ahead to inform the staff and to obtain any additional information.
  • Family members and friends are welcome.
  • Free parking is provided for most groups.

Body and Mind

Click to learn more.

2nd Monday of the month, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Thoughts and feelings greatly affect a person's mood, stress level, and peace of mind. Research shows more and more how they also affect how the body functions.

Participants learn and practice a series of short meditations designed to help them observe their thoughts and feelings. By observing, they become less controlled by these thoughts and feelings. They see things more clearly and gain power and choice. This also opens the door to greater self-discovery and awareness. Parking validation is provided.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-6:15 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Yoga is a safe and gentle exercise that uses stretching, deep breathing, and relaxation. It may lessen pain and fatigue for cancer survivors, reduce back and joint aches, and help with insomnia and anxiety.

Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

This weekly class presents a series of low-impact exercises, some set to music, designed to help participants:

  • activate and loosen the joints
  • isolate, stretch, and strengthen muscles
  • free up and fine-tune movements
  • improve coordination
  • tune into and release body tension
  • focus on balance and weight shift
  • feel and unify energy throughout the body

There can be a fine line between what is exercise, Tai Chi, dance, and meditation. This class crosses all the lines. The activities and movements are healthful, satisfying, and relaxing. The overall goal is awareness of internal energy and greater awareness, comfort, and facility with the body. Parking validation is provided.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Healthy Steps is a routine of guided exercises that are fun and therapeutic. They aim to improve lymphatic drainage, range of motion, flexibility, and balance. They are particularly beneficial to women who have had breast surgery with removal of lymph nodes. Parking validation is provided.

1st and 2nd Wednesdays of the month, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Zumba is fun dance exercise inspired by Latin and international rhythms. The classes are for all levels of fitness and ability. Have a great time and get a good physical workout. Parking validation is provided.


Click to learn more.

3rd Thursday of the month, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Moakley 3rd Floor Conference Room

Each month, participants learn how to make a fun, simple craft that they can take home. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Come share a laugh and get creative! Parking validation is provided.

Last Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Moakley Lower Level Waiting Room

Come spend some time knitting and socializing with other survivors. Materials, a variety of patterns, and basic instruction are provided. All levels of experience are welcome. Parking validation is provided.


Click to learn more.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Yawkey ACC, 2nd floor, The Teaching Kitchen

Free cooking lessons show how to make easy dishes that are good for people who are dealing with cancer or diabetes, who want to manage their weight, or who just generally want to stay healthy! Recipe sheets and samples of the dishes are provided. Parking validation is provided.

Note: The day and time shown here are for the cooking lessons for cancer survivors. For more information and a full schedule of classes, including those focusing on weight management, diabetes, and more, visit the The Teaching Kitchen or call 617.414.3840.