Cancer Support

Helping Patients and Their Families

Sharp HealthCare offers a comprehensive range of support services to help patients and their families manage their cancer and treatment.


Carole Conrad

Services include:

  • Complementary therapies such as pet therapy, therapeutic touch, music therapy, relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, journaling, guided imagery and healing touch
  • Counseling for individuals, couples, families, groups and children
  • Patient navigator programs for breast cancer patients
  • Psychosocial assessments to help customize care for patients and their families
  • Resources, referrals and education — we can help with connections to community agencies and programs like the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation and can offer educational presentations for patients and families
  • What to expect — support groups, what to expect after the loss of a loved one and services available
  • Complimentary van transportation is offered for patient appointments (all types of cancer) at the Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista. To arrange transportation, please contact front desk staff at 619-502-5851.

In addition, Sharp offers the following support groups for patients with cancer, their friends and family members.

Support Groups

  • Breast Cancer Support Group
    Free support groups for women with breast cancer. At these groups, women can share their concerns and experiences of living with breast cancer and exchange ideas to discover new coping strategies.

  • Cancer Care Partner Support Group
    Free support group for family and friends of cancer patients to share experiences and information with each other.

  • Cancer Survivor Support Group
    Free monthly group provides support for cancer survivors who have completed treatment and are moving forward with life.

  • Living With Advanced Cancer Support Group
    Free monthly support group for patients with any type of metastatic cancer to share experiences and information with each other.

  • Spanish Breast Cancer Support Group
    A weekly support group at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center for Spanish-speaking women who have or have had breast cancer. Group members gather to share their experiences, learn coping techniques and find emotional support through others.

  • Young Cancer Patient's Support Group
    Support and socialization for patients in their 20s, 30s and early 40s with any type of cancer diagnosis.

Find a San Diego Oncologist
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego oncologist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.