Everyone’s Cancer is unique.

Your support should be too.

Everyone’s Cancer is unique.
Your support should be too.

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Mind/Body

Mind-Body programming is designed to enhance self-awareness of the mind and body, promote relaxation, self-care, and overall well-being.

Education Pathways

Knowledge is power! Through research at the Cancer Support Community Headquarters Research and Training Institute, needs assessments, and current best practices, CSC Montana creates an education plan to serve cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Emotional Support

Cancer Support Community Montana offers emotional support through support groups, informal connection groups, and individual short-term counseling – all offered free of charge. Support groups provide an opportunity for people with shared experiences to connect, share resources, and develop healthy coping strategies.

Youth & Families

The first place cancer metastasis is to the family. Youth are affected by having cancer themselves, as well as when a close friend or family member has a cancer diagnosis. Our Youth and Family programs are intended to provide a place of support and sense of community for the whole family.

Healthy Lifestyles

Exercise and nutrition is important physical and mental health. CSC Montana offers healthy lifestyle classes to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors. All exercise classes are taught by professionals that offer accommodations and alterations to meet the individual needs of each cancer survivor in the class.

Mind/Body

Mind-Body programming is designed to enhance self-awareness of the mind and body, promote relaxation, self-care, and overall well-being.

Education Pathways

Knowledge is power! Through research at the Cancer Support Community Headquarters Research and Training Institute, needs assessments, and current best practices, CSC Montana creates an education plan to serve cancer survivors and their loved ones.

Emotional Support

Cancer Support Community Montana offers emotional support through support groups, informal connection groups, and individual short-term counseling – all offered free of charge. Support groups provide an opportunity for people with shared experiences to connect, share resources, and develop healthy coping strategies.

Youth & Families

The first place cancer metastasis is to the family. Youth are affected by having cancer themselves, as well as when a close friend or family member has a cancer diagnosis. Our Youth and Family programs are intended to provide a place of support and sense of community for the whole family.

Healthy Lifestyles

Exercise and nutrition is important physical and mental health. CSC Montana offers healthy lifestyle classes to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors. All exercise classes are taught by professionals that offer accommodations and alterations to meet the individual needs of each cancer survivor in the class.

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Missoula, MT

Swing Fore Hope 2024 (Missoula Canyon River)

Swing Fore Hope Tournament is a golf event featuring a dynamic atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in one or all of our Swing Fore Hope golf tournaments, which a...
Missoula Canyon River - June 28th
Bozeman, MT

Swing Fore Hope 2024 (Bozeman Valley View)

Swing Fore Hope Tournament is a golf event featuring a dynamic atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in one or all of our Swing Fore Hope golf tournaments, which a...
Bozeman Valley View - July 9th, 2024
Anaconda, MT

Swing Fore Hope 2024 (Anaconda Old Works)

Swing Fore Hope Tournament is a golf event featuring a dynamic atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in one or all of our Swing Fore Hope golf tournaments, which a...
Anaconda Old Works - July 26th, 2024
Helena, MT

Swing Fore Hope 2024 (Helena Green Meadow)

Swing Fore Hope Tournament is a two-day golf event featuring a dynamic atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in one or all of our Swing Fore Hope golf tournaments,...
Helena Green Meadow - August 6 & 7, 2024

When Cancer shows up, we’re here to help.

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Carley's Story

Carley's story exemplifies the profound impact of coming together in times of need, reminding us that with the support of others, even the most daunting battles can be faced with courage and optimism.

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Mary Ann’s Story

Mary Ann's interview about her transformative experience at the Cancer Support Community Montana is a testament to the profound impact of community support in the face of adversity.

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Discover the heart behind Cancer Support Community Montana - a beacon of hope, compassion, and empowerment for those facing the journey of cancer. Join us as we uplift and unite individuals and families, offering strength and solace every step of the way.

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From wellness workshops to social meet-ups, discover a vibrant array of opportunities that foster strength, companionship, and healing.

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Center Near You

CSC Montana has a number of Resource Centers throughout the state to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. A Resource Center is a referral center placed in small communities where the small population will not support a full Chapter. All people impacted by cancer can access a calendar listing the virtual programs of CSC Montana as well as some in-person programs that may be offered in each community.

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Our Programs

At Cancer Support Community, we understand the challenges of cancer. Join our community for support, inspiration, and evidence-based programs led by professionals.

Attend in-person, virtual, or hybrid programs. Visit us in Bozeman or Missoula for a tour to get involved, or contact us to learn more. We’re here for you and your loved ones!

Mind/Body

Mind-Body programming is designed to enhance self-awareness of the mind, body and spirit, while additionally promoting relaxation, self-care, and overall well-being.

Mind-Body programming is written in red on the program calendar.

Mind/Body Programs

Spirituality

CSC Montana does not have a religious affiliation, but provides programming on the topic of spirituality as we recognize the importance of spirituality in some cancer survivors and caregivers journeys.

Yoga

Yoga is a restorative exercise used to find strength, flexibility and a sense of calmness and is led by Certified Yoga Instructors. All skill levels are welcome, and if needed, equipment is provided.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a very gentle relaxed practice to ease body, mind, and spirit. All skill levels welcome.

Education Pathways (Programs)

Knowledge is power! Through research at the Cancer Support Community Headquarters Research and Training Institute, needs assessments, and current best practices, CSC Montana creates an education plan to serve cancer survivors and their loved ones. Programs and resources offered through CSC Montana are evidence-based and taught by certified and licensed experts in their field.

Check out the program calendar to see the dates and times for upcoming education programs and presenter information. Education programs are listed in purple on the program calendar.

Education Programs

Education

Join us for a networking support group that provides discussion and education on treatment and survivorship for blood cancers. Survivors, caregivers, family, and friends are welcome.

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
(12pm-1pm)

Complimentary Medicines

Join us for a support group focused on people with a breast cancer diagnosis at any stage and during any survivorship phase. Connecting with others that share a similar experience can help provide empowerment throughout your cancer experience.

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
(5:30pm – 7pm)

Community Library

Connection and encouragement are essential for those that have been diagnosed with cancer. This group of people with gynecological cancers encourage support and helps focus on the benefits of connecting with others who are going through similar experiences.

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays
(12pm-1:30pm)

Frankly Speaking About Cancer

Join the discussion and learn how to reduce anxiety and manage uncertainty, all while connecting with other Montanans living with metastatic/stage IV cancer.

Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays
(12pm-1pm)

Nutrition

Grief is often an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Living with Loss is open to all who have lost someone, regardless of whether the loss was cancer-related. This weekly group provides a space for those in bereavement to share experiences, challenges, and support with others who can relate.

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Cancer Transitions

Cancer Support Group is for individuals in active treatment, maintenance treatment, remission, or survivorship to gain valuable support from others. This group’s goal is to reduce distress associated with a cancer diagnosis, share treatment and side-effect information, learn ways to improve quality of life, and enhance communication with family, friends, and your medical team.

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Wig Fittings

A cancer diagnosis not only affects the individual diagnosed, but also that person’s partner. Even the most loving and secure relationships will struggle with emotional support, communication, and problem solving during this time. This group will give both partners the opportunity to share experiences, discuss healthy conflicts, and connect with other couples going through a similar situation.

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Emotional Support (Programs)

Cancer Support Community Montana offers emotional support through support groups, informal connection groups, and individual short-term counseling in person and through telehealth – all offered free of charge. Check out the program calendar to see the dates and times for upcoming emotional support programs, as well as other group details, and facilitator information.

Support groups provide an opportunity for people with shared experiences to connect, share resources, and develop healthy coping strategies. All support groups are led by licensed mental health professionals. For privacy reasons, links for emotional support programs are not listed on the online calendar.

Contact Cancer Support Community Montana to learn more and see if a support group is right for you

Support Groups

Blood Cancer Connections

Join us for a networking support group that provides discussion and education on treatment and survivorship for blood cancers. Survivors, caregivers, family, and friends are welcome.

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
(12pm-1pm)

Bosom Buddies

Join us for a support group focused on people with a breast cancer diagnosis at any stage and during any survivorship phase. Connecting with others that share a similar experience can help provide empowerment throughout your cancer experience.

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
(5:30pm – 7pm)

GYN Cancer Support

Connection and encouragement are essential for those that have been diagnosed with cancer. This group of people with gynecological cancers encourage support and helps focus on the benefits of connecting with others who are going through similar experiences.

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays
(12pm-1:30pm)

Metastatic Cancer Support

Join the discussion and learn how to reduce anxiety and manage uncertainty, all while connecting with other Montanans living with metastatic/stage IV cancer.

Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays
(12pm-1pm)

Living with Loss

Grief is often an isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Living with Loss is open to all who have lost someone, regardless of whether the loss was cancer-related. This weekly group provides a space for those in bereavement to share experiences, challenges, and support with others who can relate.

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group is for individuals in active treatment, maintenance treatment, remission, or survivorship to gain valuable support from others. This group’s goal is to reduce distress associated with a cancer diagnosis, share treatment and side-effect information, learn ways to improve quality of life, and enhance communication with family, friends, and your medical team.

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Couples Support

A cancer diagnosis not only affects the individual diagnosed, but also that person’s partner. Even the most loving and secure relationships will struggle with emotional support, communication, and problem solving during this time. This group will give both partners the opportunity to share experiences, discuss healthy conflicts, and connect with other couples going through a similar situation.

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays
(5:30pm-7pm)

Grief and Beyond

This group is for anyone looking to build relationships and community after their loved one has died.. Individuals transitioning from Living with Loss, as well as individuals new to CSCMT are welcome. This group offers a safe place to discuss long term effects of grief and gain support from others who are at least 12 months post the loss of their loved one.

Meets 3rd Wednesday
(5:30pm-7pm)

Blood Cancer Connections

This networking group for men with prostate cancer provides an opportunity to discuss information and learn more about survivorship.

Meets 4th Wednesday
(6pm-7pm)

Informal Support Programs

Informal Support Programs are a networking group providing opportunity for connection, information sharing, and discussion for cancer survivors with a shared experience.

Men’s Dinner (Bozeman)

Enjoy a casual dinner to connect with other men going through a similar experience. Dinner, including a vegetarian option, is provided and will be served in a socially distanced setting. All male participants living with cancer and/or cancer survivors are welcome. Register online or at 406.582.1600.

Check calendar for date and time.

Young Survivors Dinner (Bozeman)

For those under 50, it can be hard to find others in a similar life stage who understand the cancer experience. Join fellow survivors for a fun, informal dinner served in a socially distanced setting (omnivore and veggie options provided) and meet other young folks who can relate. Friends, family, and caregivers welcome when accompanied by a survivor. Register online or at 406-582-1600.

Check calendar for date and time.

Support Persons’ Dinner (Bozeman)

Loving someone with cancer can be almost as stressful as having cancer yourself. Join other spouses, partners, family members, friends, and loved ones for an informal dinner as they navigate the challenges of being a caregiver. Meat and veggie options will be provided in a socially distanced setting. Register online or at 406.582.1600.

Check calendar for date and time.

Family Dinner (Missoula)

Enjoy a casual dinner to connect with other families going through a similar experience. Dinner, including a vegetarian option, is provided and will be served in a socially distanced setting. All participants living with cancer, cancer survivors, and their families are welcome.

Check calendar for date and time.

** While our Zoom platform is HIPAA protected, due to public zoom link postings on our website calendar, we cannot ensure 100% privacy protection for exercise programs and educational talks. **

Healthy Lifestyles

Exercise is important physical and mental health. CSC Montana offers exercise classes to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors. All exercise classes are taught by professionals that offer accommodations and alterations to meet the individual needs of each cancer survivor in the class.

Whether you are an Olympic athlete or never been to a gym, these classes help you build strength while connecting with other cancer survivors who are also empowered to take back their health.

Check out the program calendar to see the dates and times for upcoming healthy lifestyle programs, as well as trainer information.

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Healthy Excursions

These exercise-inspired programs are created for people at any stage of a cancer diagnosis and their friends and family. The variety of opportunities encourages cancer survivors and their loved ones to try new recreational and outdoor activities so they can continue exercise through cancer treatment and beyond, while encouraging self-care for friends and family. A variety of programs are offered on a rotating basis..

Strength Training

Maintain your energy, get your strength back, or work towards a new fitness level with fellow cancer survivors. This class focuses on strength building utilizing hand weights, resistance bands, and the body’s weight. All levels are welcome!

Steps For Strength

Grow strength, endurance, and friendships in our walking group “Steps for Strength”. Cancer survivors, friends, and family are invited to join.

Personal Training 1:1

All cancer survivors are invited to participate in a private ½ hour personal training session prior to joining exercise classes.

Call CSC Montana at (406) 582-1600 to schedule.

Water Aerobics

Keep moving during this no-impact workout in Eagle Mount’s heated, low-chlorine pool. No experience is necessary. All participants must fill out an application and waiver before participating. Visit eaglemount.org and click participate to learn more.

Due to limited space, registration is required for every class—register online or at (406) 582-1600.

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OUR FAQ’S

Coping with cancer can be complex, but you're not alone. Explore our FAQs for guidance and support.

Frequently Asked Questions (Cancer)

Breast Cancer: Affects breast tissue, common in women but can occur in men.
Lung Cancer: Arises from lung cells, often due to smoking but can affect non-smokers.
Colorectal Cancer: Develops in the colon or rectum from precancerous polyps.
Prostate Cancer: Affects the prostate gland, common in older men.
Skin Cancer: Primarily caused by UV radiation exposure.
Bladder Cancer: Develops in the bladder, often with blood in urine.
Melanoma: Originates in skin pigment cells.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Affects the lymphatic system.
Leukemia: Rapid production of abnormal white blood cells.
Thyroid Cancer: Affects the thyroid gland in the neck.

Surgery: Removes cancerous tumors or tissues, typically for localized cancers.
Chemotherapy: Uses drugs to kill or inhibit cancer cells’ growth, often combined with other treatments.
Radiation Therapy: Destroys cancer cells using high-energy rays, delivered externally or internally.
Immunotherapy: Boosts the immune system to fight cancer, targeting specific molecules.
Targeted Therapy: Interferes with specific cancer cell abnormalities to halt growth.
Hormone Therapy: Blocks hormones fueling hormone-sensitive cancers like breast and prostate cancer.
Stem Cell Transplant: Replaces diseased bone marrow with healthy stem cells to produce healthy blood cells.
Precision Medicine: Tailors treatment based on cancer genetics for more effective therapies.
Palliative Care: Focuses on symptom relief and improving quality of life for advanced cancer patients.

During your initial consultation, your healthcare team will discuss your diagnosis, treatment options, and develop a personalized plan. Treatment sessions may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery, occurring at varying intervals. Expect potential side effects like fatigue, nausea, and changes in appetite, managed with supportive care. Follow-up visits are crucial for monitoring progress and addressing concerns. Seek emotional support from loved ones or professionals, and remember to maintain a healthy diet and pace yourself to manage fatigue. Build a supportive network and stay hopeful throughout your cancer treatment journey.

Cancer diagnosis involves reviewing medical history, conducting a physical exam, and ordering tests such as imaging, biopsies, and blood tests. Additional procedures like endoscopy or mammography may be needed. Once cancer is confirmed, staging helps guide treatment decisions, often with input from a multidisciplinary team of specialists.

It’s important to note that having one or more risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll definitely develop cancer. Likewise, many people who develop cancer may not have any known risk factors. Leading a healthy lifestyle, undergoing recommended screenings, and staying informed about your health can help reduce your overall cancer risk.

If you have concerns about your cancer risk or need support in managing your health, consult with a healthcare professional or reach out to cancer support organizations for guidance and resources.

Remember, everyone’s cancer experience is unique, so it’s essential to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle habits accordingly. Be patient and kind to yourself as you navigate through treatment and recovery. If you have specific concerns or questions about maintaining a healthy lifestyle during or after cancer treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare team or cancer support organizations for guidance and support.

Frequently Asked Questions (Support)

Answer: Cancer Support Community Montana is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive psychological and social support to people with cancer and their families. Our services include support groups, educational workshops, mind/body programs, exercise and stress management programs, nutrition management, and networking/social activities.

Anyone and everyone impacted by cancer in Montana is welcome in our community. Many of our participants are individuals with cancer who desire to improve the quality of their lives and be an active partner along with their physicians and healthcare team. Men and women of all ages and all types of cancer diagnoses are welcome. People who have had cancer in the past and have completed medical treatments also attend to maintain their health while focusing on survivorship issues. Family, friends and support persons are also welcome. No referral is needed to participate in our programs and services.

Yes! We have specific groups designated for family and friends of a person with cancer. Individuals can come and share their experiences, learn ways to effectively support the person with cancer, and also learn how to take care of themselves during the process. We offer the support person an array of support groups, educational workshops and stress management programs.

Absolutely nothing! All programs and services offered at Cancer Support Community Montana are FREE OF CHARGE. Cancer Support Community Montana is a not-for-profit organization supported by community-minded individuals and businesses, charitable foundations and special fundraising events.

We invite you to attend one of our New Participant Orientation meetings to learn more about the programs and services we offer. Please refer to our program calendar for exact dates and times. If you can’t find a session that works for you, one-on-one orientation sessions are available by appointment – just give us a call at 406.582.1600!

Participants at Cancer Support Community Montana are able to choose the programs/services that they feel most comfortable with and that will help to improve their own well-being. Participants are never asked to participate in any program that they are not comfortable with. Some may choose to simply visit Cancer Support Community Montana rather than be alone.

No. Cancer Support Community Montana does not have a medical staff. Individuals seek their own medical treatment as they deem necessary.

No. The program is meant to support the treatment prescribed by the patient’s healthcare team and is not a substitute for conventional medical care. While the medical profession fights cancer on the physical front, Cancer Support Community Montana helps people with cancer learn techniques to help them fight on the psychosocial front.

Frequently Asked Questions (Participant)

Answer: Volunteering is a great way to give back or pay it forward in a meaningful way and have a real impact on the lives of others. And you’ll reap many personal benefits:

Knowing you’re helping to improve the lives of those impacted by cancer
Building connections with people who share your interests or expanding your professional network
Strengthening relationships with others through collaborative activities
Developing valuable skills
Fulfilling service hours
Improving your overall happiness, lowering your stress levels and increasing self-confidence (Seriously! Studies confirm it.)
Experiencing a sense of purpose and fulfillment
And more!

Answer: Volunteer as much and as often as you’d like! Some roles require a regular commitment (such as Front Desk Receptionist) while other roles are as-needed or one-time (such as event volunteering or landscape maintenance). We’ll work with your schedule to find a role that works for you.

Answer: At CSCMT, we want our members to take care of themselves, first and foremost, before assisting others. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. We address the question of volunteering while being a participant on a case-by-case basis to assure that your needs are being met first as a participant and secondly as a volunteer.

Answer: Please do! Volunteering is a great experience to share with your friends, colleagues, or civic groups. To learn more about group volunteering please contact CSCMT.

Still have questions?

Still have question in mind? Please get in touch with our support team or write us an email.