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Our New Location

CSCP is located on the second floor of the Pasadena Humane Society’s building.
76 East Del Mar Blvd., Ste 215 Pasadena, CA 91105

Free underground parking is available off Raymond.
CSCP is now offering Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs), in partnership with the Pasadena Community Foundation! Consider a CGA that benefits YOU and CSCP!   Learn more…

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Welcome to CSC Pasadena
Founded in 1982, Cancer Support Community (CSC) is an international non-profit organization providing free support, cancer education and hope. Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) is one of 24 chapters in the U.S. based on the core philosophy of the Patient Active Concept: “… someone who sees him or herself as Patient Active becomes part of the fight for recovery” and benefits through their participation and increased knowledge. How you participate, connect with and educate yourself is up to you - be it online, a class, a weekly group – or a combination. Learn More>

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Cancer Support Community at Charity Matters

When actor Gene Wilder passed away a few weeks back, I was reminded of his beautiful love affair with Gilda Radner and their subsequent involvement in cancer support. Wilder’s death coincided with a lunch catch up with a friend, who works for the organization that helped Gilda Radner through her battle with ovarian cancer, Cancer Support Community.  To read the entire article click here.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena from on Vimeo.




365 Campus Dr. Arcadia CA 91007
These are “drop-in” groups, pre-registration is not required.
Mandarin Cancer Patient Support Group
Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
星期三, 下午 2:30 - 4:00 從 2015 年 10月 7
English Cancer Patient Support Group
Tuesdays, 11:30 – 1:00 pm
No pre-registration required for Arcadia Groups.


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cathy anthony photo    Cathy and Anthony’s lives were turned upside down on March 30, 2014,when Cathy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her bones. She was told that she had six months to a year to live. With chemotherapy and radiation, the couple felt that Cathy was getting the proper medical treatment. But their emotional health was being neglected. They found a CSCP pamphlet at Cathy’s oncologist’s office and realized that they could get the emotional support they felt was lacking.
    “I needed to know that I had a place where I could express my emotions while going through this journey,” says Cathy. “I knew by listening to others with this disease, I could be like them and continue to fight.” She joined a CSCP weekly support group for those with cancer; Anthony joined a caregivers’ group.
    “Our life as we knew it changed dramatically. We can no longer travel and take vacations. I no longer can work. Usually I’m in bed. I try to stay active for a few hours, but that’s pretty much my limit,” Cathy adds.
    Cathy is thankful despite the challenges. “There is no price that we could put on the services that CSCP continues to provide us. My group…has given me the strength to continue. The caregiver group has helped [my husband] deal with this a lot better. We have wonderful children and grandchildren who…visit and make the best out of a horrible situation. My husband loves to cook, so sometimes he will barbeque his favorite tri-tip and ribs to gather the family together…We also love our alone time; we watch movies or the special programs we’ve taped, and sit with our ice cream or popcorn, and enjoy just being next to each other with no kids or grandkids.
   ”Cathy is also hopeful. She and Anthony would consider volunteering for CSCP “to give back to an organization that has given us so much.”
   “You have really shed light for us when we were in a very dark place. We will be forever grateful.”


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    When Laura went to her doctor for a routine mammogram in early 2012, she never expected a breast cancer diagnosis. She had been doing self-exams since she was 18 years old, receiving routine mammograms since she turned forty, and was quite shocked when she received the news.
    But Laura found her inner warrior, the warrior she never knew existed. She gathered every weapon available in her arsenal, including information and treatment options. She sought out connections with others going through similar experiences for support. Since the battle is never really over, the warrior stayed with her to help make (sometimes painful) changes in her life so that the chance of recurrence could be minimized as much as possible.
     A social worker at Kaiser Permanente recommended CSCP to Laura, and she found it right around the corner in Pasadena. A few weeks after her diagnosis, she was in a CSCP support group. Jeff, her husband of 34 years, was by her side and attended a caregiver support group.
    “When I went to my first support group meeting, I was angry and scared. The group members were there for me throughout my treatment and beyond. They educated me about the physical and psychological effects of cancer treatment so that I had an idea of what to expect. I was allowed to express my feelings without being perceived as weak. They listened as I shared my experience, assured me when I was in doubt and fear, and passed the tissues whenever I ranted and cried. They made me feel that I was not alone and that was the best part of my group. They were my godsend. You will not be alone with CSCP.”
     Here at CSCP Laura was free to talk (and vent, cry, scream, and swear) without judgment. Then she paid it forward to support the newer members when they needed to vent, cry, scream, and swear, too. Most of them survived the battle; some of them did not. She considers them all as family, celebrating victories and cherishing memories. 
     Laura continues to stay connected by attending the monthly survivorship program. She and Jeff attend many of CSCP’s social events, such as comedy night and the annual holiday party. While Jeff is an avid golfer, Laura is a champion whistler and hopes to attend the world competition in Japan this year.
    “I hope that CSCP can continue to be at the forefront of cancer patient support and service. Just keep doing the same and keep expanding to give people who are affected by cancer a shining beacon of hope.”


heart icon 25feldenkrais logoFeldenkrais
Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
"The Feldenkrais (FEL den krice) Method® is a remarkable muscular-skeletal reeducation that reduces or eliminates pain while creating a vibrant awareness of effective, pleasurable movement, sensing and thinking in our everyday lives.  The method uses gentle, highly precise movement explorations to cultivate this awareness, evoking these beneficial changes by accessing and harnessing the extraordinary repatterning power of the human central nervous system.
    These classes are enjoyable and potent!  They empower students by offering a new awareness of options for reducing or eliminating pain while increasing fluency and fluidity in everyday movements.  These benefits extend to a general sense of well-being, increased vitality in sensing and feeling, and an appreciation of individual strategies for learning and thinking."
Free Classes at CSCP

Walking for Wellness at the Rose Bowl
Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 5:00 pm.
Join Linda Blumenthal and Holly Rundberg and walk for good health. Call 626-796-1083 for further information about this group.
Children's Cornerkids
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm For children and teens, ages 5 to 17 who have a parent or other loved one with, or recently deceased from cancer. Support Group 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Social Activites all other Wednesdays. Registration required; Call Laura Wending at 626-796-1083. .
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 Wed., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Thur., 12:00pm - 2:00pm  Check weekly calendar for dates. Theresa Cianci, writer, artist and poet, will help you relax while learning therapeutic values of expressing your emotions and develop inner strength toward healing.
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Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
For those who enjoy making, watching and playing with images. One does not need to own a camera to participate.

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CSCP is a “Fragrance Free Zone”.  Cancer treatment can make individuals hypersensitive to smells and fragrances.  Please limit use of products with strong scents while attending our programs.

Volunteer Spotlight

  • Volunteer Spotlight
    On April 1, 1996 Brandon Flowers, co-owner of The Dynamic Advantage in Eagle Rock and a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, began teaching a class he called Dynamic Strength Training (DST) at what was then The Wellness Community-Foothills.  The class was geared to helping people with cancer maintain or regain their strength and fitness. In the fall of that year he brought his business partner, Rick Caputo, also a certified personal trainer, to TWC and they have been...
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Are you Experiencing Breakthrough Pain?
Breaking Through: Voices of Breakthrough Pain in Cancer Patients TM (a project of Archimedes Pharma with the support of the Cancer Support Community)
wants to hear your opinion. Many people with cancer and cancer survivors who experience constant, background pain also experience episodes of sudden, severe pain that can occur without any apparent reason. Below is a link to a survey that will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Your response to this survey will help in the development of educational programs that patients and oncologists will use to discuss and treat breakthrough pain. Make Your Voice Heard. Take the survey at: Participation is entirely voluntary; your answers will be strictly confidential.


Dear Participants:

As a breast cancer survivor, you know that breast cancer is more than just treating the tumor, there are often emotional and social challenges to overcome as well. In fact, a recent survey showed that four out of five women experience distress due to a breast cancer diagnosis. The Wellness Community - Foothills recognizes that women who have faced breast cancer are more than patients, more than survivors and more than their breast cancer.

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CSC Patient Active Concept

At the center of CSC's program philosophy is the Patient Active Concept. CSC’s founder Dr. Benjamin was right when he said, "People with cancer who participate in their fight for recovery from cancer will improve the quality of their life and may enhance the possibility of their recovery."  Learn More

Evidenced-Based Research

Evidence-based research conducted by CSC and in collaboration with other institutions demonstrates that the support and education provided by CSC is enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Learn More