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Support Groups

Support groups at Mass. Eye and Ear give patients and their families the opportunity to talk to others who understand their situation. The goal of support groups is to provide informational and emotional support to help each other cope and better function with a particular disease.

Boston Cured Cancer Club for Laryngectomees

This support group for Laryngectomees meets at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of January and February, in the Mass. Eye and Ear cafeteria, 7th floor, 243 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114.  For information, call 978-717-5657. Check out their new website.

Facial Paralysis Support Group

This is a forum for individuals with facial paralysis and those close to them to meet and share their experiences and to discuss:

  • Support
  • Treatment
  • Coping
  • Self Image

Time and Date: First Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. (no meeting held in July)
Place: 9th floor waiting room for the Facial Nerve Center and Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Center, Mass. Eye and Ear in Boston.

R.S.V.P. Facial Nerve Center at 617-573-3641 or on our website at Facial Paralysis Support Facebook group.

Eye Thyroid (Graves' Disease) Support Group

For anyone living with a chronic condition or providing care for someone else, participation in a support group can offer many benefits. The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is forming an Eye Thyroid (Graves’ Disease) Support Group, which will allow members to express their concerns about this chronic illness to help form a social connection with others and improve coping skills. The open forum gives members the opportunity to exchange information about Graves’ disease and gives physician speakers a chance to inform members of the latest treatments. The next meeting is on Thursday, October 2th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on the 10th floor of Mass. Eye and Ear. The meeting will include a short presentation from Dr. Suzanne Freitag, Director of the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Mass General Hospital endocrinologist Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino and Mass. Eye and Ear thyroid surgeon Dr. Gregory Randolph.This program is free. For more information, call 877-643-3123 or email eyelid@meei.harvard.edu.

Thyroid Cancer Survivors

The Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association Inc. is a support environment for people who have had thyroid cancer. There are regularly scheduled meetings, occasional workshops and resources.

Dates: Third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: The Boston meeting is usually at Mass. General Hospital, next door to Mass. Eye and Ear.

For more information or to find other New England meetings, visit: ThyCa Boston.

Support for People With Oral and Head and Neck Cancer

The Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPONHC) Boston Chapter will be holding its support group meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 4-930 of the Yawkey Building at Mass General Hospital.

The meeting will start with an open discussion by members of the group, followed by a presentation by MGH oncology nutritionist Julia Hincman-Francavilla, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.S.O. She will discuss how to handle food issues at holiday gatherings and nutrition during the holidays.

While this event is FREE, registration is required. Contact Valerie Hope Goldstein at 617-726-0651 or at vgoldstein@partners.org. Guests are welcome, but please mention how many will be coming.

SPOHNC BOSTON is a free monthly support group for people with head and neck cancer, their caregivers, professionals, and others dedicated to improving the lives of those dealing with this disease.