While far from exhaustive, the following is a starting point to find cancer-oriented services. For more information about support groups or testing, contact your local synagogue or hospital.
Cancer411, (877) 226-7411, www.Cancer411.org
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cancer Program
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 423-8030 (Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
(310) 274-6331, (877) 374-6331
Chai Lifeline is an inter-national organization that provides support and services to the families of catastrophically ill children, including camps and events, telephone support and counseling, and financial assistance.
Childrens Center for
Cancer & Blood Diseases
4650 Sunset Blvd., No. 54
Los Angeles, CA 90027
City of Hope
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010
Coping and Caring, a city of Hope cancer support group, an ongoing general cancer support group, is in process of relocat-ing, but should resume by July.
Israel Cancer Research Fund
8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 341
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Abraham Moshe Bikur
8489 West Third St.
Los Angeles CA 90048
Bikur Cholim offers cancer support groups among its social, preventative and direct medical services. Call for schedule or more information.
The Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network (PanCAN)
P.O. Box 1010
Torrance, CA 90505
The Safe Spot
Jewish Family Service
(323) 761-8800 ext. 1062
A program of information and recreational activities for Jewish families with children ages 5 to 12 in which a parent has cancer. $18 for adults to cover cost of meals. The Safe Spot will be held Sun., June 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. (818) 889-5500, or www.shalominstitute.com.
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
8-684 Factor Building, Box 9517871, Los Angeles,
CA 90095, (310) 825-5268
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
and Hospital, 1441 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles,
CA 90033, (800) 872-2273, www.ccnt.hsc.usc.edu
Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino,
CA 91436, (818)788-6000, www.vbs.org
The Wellness Community runs support groups on Tuesday nights for people with cancer and their families in Valley Beth Shalom's Sandler Counseling Center. The synagogue offers a 32-page pamphlet on healing and comfort titled "Meditations and Prayers for the Renewal of the Body and Renewal of the Spirit." Supplies are limited.
Vital Options International, "The Group Room"
(800) 477-7666, www.vitaloptions.org
Vital Options is a Southern California-based advocacy and support nonprofit started in 1983 by Selma Schimmel after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 28. Schimmel's "The Group Room," a nationally syndicated cancer call-in talk show on Sundays from 1-3 p.m., is broadcast live via the Vital Options Web site.