Welcome to Our Community

Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area provides free comprehensive support programs including counseling, support groups, nutrition, exercise, emergency financial assistance and patient education programs as well as special programs for teens and children. Our evidence-based programs enable cancer patients and their loved ones to partner with their treatment team to manage their treatment and improve health outcomes and quality of life.

Programs are offered in-person at our Walnut Creek and Antioch centers and virtually as well in English and Spanish.

Our Vision

Everyone impacted by cancer receives the support they want and need throughout their experience.

Our Mission

Cancer Support Community uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care.

Our History

Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area was founded in 1990 as The Wellness Community San Francisco East Bay and has provided free support to thousands of cancer patients and their loved ones.  Our founder, Shannon McGowan, served as the Program Director for the first Wellness Community, based in West Los Angeles, which began the integrative therapies and cancer patient empowerment movement in the United States.

We are an affiliate of the international Cancer Support Community organization, the largest provider of support services for cancer patients and their loved ones in the US, and adhere to the highest quality standards of practice.  We operate as an independent nonprofit organization which means we do not receive funding from the international Cancer Support Community organization and all of the donations we raise support programs and services in our local community.

Search for Cancer Support Community locations around the US here. Cancer Support Community has 190 locations worldwide, including 52 licensed affiliates (like us!) and healthcare partnerships.

For more information about programs offered by the Cancer Support Community Headquarters, like the Cancer Support Helpline, visit their website.