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Dane County Support Services

The UW Carbone Cancer Center lists the following Dane County support services as a convenience to our patients and to cancer patients in the state and region. Please note that inclusion on this list does not imply that the services are endorsed or sponsored by the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Please contact these organizations directly for additional information.
American Cancer Society Navigator
American Cancer Society Navigators offer free, confidential, one-on-one support to cancer patients and those who care for them. Navigators listen, learn your needs and create an individualized plan made just for you. Navigators provide a vital link between a cancer survivor and resources in the community, including transportation, lodging, and other American Cancer Society programs such as At Home which provides access to free medical equipment for cancer patients, including hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and commodes. Call 800-ACS-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Bosom Buddies
A support group for breast cancer patients and survivors who meet to share experience and information. Meetings are the third Wednesday of each month. Call  (608) 244-3062, (608) 831-1841 or (608) 833-1281 for more information. E-mail support group also available at
Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Infinite Boundaries Retreat Program
Provides environments in which women may heal emotionally, spiritually and physically from breast cancer. Offers four-day wellness retreats for women living with breast cancer. The Foundation also sponsors awareness and educational programs. To find out how to participate and for information on upcoming retreats, visit the Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation website or call (608) 661-4178.
Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Center for Patient Partnerships serves patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses and their families, regardless of income or residence. Patient advocates work with clients to help them make more informed medical decisions, access care, navigate employment issues, find support and build their own self-advocacy skills as needed. The Center trains professional/graduate students in law, medicine, social work, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, psychology, biology, health systems engineering and others who will work in or around the health care system in their future careers. Advocacy may include issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment, coordination of care and support, family matters, employment, medical bills/insurance, public benefits or public/private disability. For more information, e-mail or call (608) 890-0321.
Gilda's Club Madison
Gilda's Club Madison is a free, non-profit cancer support community for anyone touched by any kind of cancer as well as their families and friends of all ages. We are here to ensure that everyone impacted by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. We offer programs in Middleton, Dodgeville, Baraboo and online. Our weekly support groups includes separate groups for people with a diagnosis, supporters, teens and kids. Those interested in joining Gilda's Club can call (608) 828-8880 to attend a new member meeting. Membership is free. The following groups meet monthly at Gilda's Club, 7907 UW Health Court, Madison:
  • Breast Cancer Instant Sisters: This support group is for women who are survivors of metastatic breast cancer - breast cancer that has spread to other areas of the body. Occasional guest speakers provide education on pertinent topics. Facilitated by Lauren Cunningham, Ph.D., Psychologist. For more information, e-mail or call (608) 828-8880.
  • Moving Forward Networking Group: For those who have completed the majority of their treatment. People with cancer are welcome, as well and their family and friends.
  • Cancer Transitions: This is a six-week program aimed at educating, empowering, and supporting people who have recently completed cancer treatment.
  • Lung Cancer: For anyone facing a lung cancer diagnosis.
  • Prostate Cancer Networking Group: A supportive gathering of men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meetings are both sharing and educational.
  • Men's Networking Group: For men who are living with cancer or who love someone living with cancer.
  • Veteran's Networking Group: For any veteran with a cancer diagnosis.
  • Young Survivors Networking Group: For those with a cancer connection who are in their 20s, 30s and early 40s.
  • Blood Cancer Networking Group: All blood cancer diagnoses welcome. In partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Networking Group: Whether you are scheduled for a transplant or have had one. In partnership with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, this is a group for support and education.
  • Gynecological Cancer Networking Group
  • GI Cancer Networking Group: In partnership with Carbone Cancer Center, this group is for anyone with cancer of the GI tract.
Hope Chest: Women Sharing their Breast Cancer Journey with Hope
Provides individual and group support for women in the Stoughton area who have breast cancer, whether newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or having completed treatment. Offers a support system where women can come together locally to share their experience or concerns. For more information regarding time and location, call (608) 873-6041 or (608) 770-7829.
Look Good … Feel Better
A community-based, free service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to ten women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about makeup techniques, skincare, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans and scarves. Each group program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Man to Man
A supportive gathering of men who have experienced prostate cancer. Meetings are both sharing and educational. No charge. Meets twice monthly. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Reach To Recovery
This program offered by the American Cancer Society can help breast cancer patients (female and male) cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Talking with a specially trained Reach to Recovery volunteer can provide a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision-making. Volunteers are breast cancer survivors who give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, verbalize fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who is knowledgeable and level-headed. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
Road to Recovery
Program that assists ambulatory cancer patients with ground transportation to and from cancer treatment. Call (800) 227-2345 and ask for your regional navigator.
TEAMSurvivor Madison
The mission of TEAMSurvivor Madison, Inc. is to provide women cancer survivors a variety of fitness activities, education and support while taking an active role in our physical and emotional well-being. TEAMSurvivor is unique in that it is open to women surviving any type of cancer diagnosis. Its programs are open to women of all ages and fitness levels, in all stages of cancer treatment and recovery. Visit the TEAMSurvivor Madison website or e-mail
United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is a community resource line, providing 24-hour, 365-day a year, free and confidential information and referral services for people in Dane County who are in need of help. Call 2-1-1 within Dane County or (608) 246-4357 from outside Dane County and from cellular phones.
Camp Randall Rowing Club's WeCanRow-Madison program is designed to provide wellness and recovery options for breast and other cancer survivors with the objective of helping women re-orient themselves to their bodies and learn to accommodate the profound effects of cancer, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and reconstructive surgery. The goal is to give these women a sense of control and to put them in contact with other cancer survivors, while at the same time helping them to rebuild physical strength and mental focus. For more information, visit the WeCanRow-Madison website, e-mail or call Steve Schaefer or Sally Miley at (608) 256-3636.
The Witness Project
The Witness Project is a health program for African-American women, which features a group of women who each "witness" about their triumph over breast or cervical cancer. These women provide support, encouragement and hope for one another. This project also offers community education regarding breast self-exam, pap tests, and signs and symptoms of breast and cervical cancer and provides a list of resources that offer low or no cost services to women of color. For more information, call (608) 658-3758.
Wisconsin Well Woman
Wisconsin Well Woman is a statewide program that provides free breast and cervical cancer screening for women who have limited or no insurance. Women must meet age and income eligibility criteria in order to enroll in the program. Members may choose from more than 25 area clinics for screening. For more information, call (608) 242-6392.