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The Franciscan Cancer Center offers periodic community events and health talks on a variety of topics.

Support groups

Open to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, support groups include:

View the full schedule.

Outreach and service to medically underserved patients

All Franciscan Community Cancer Program cancer screenings provide assistance to those without medical insurance, and to medically underserved populations. They include free prostate, breast and skin cancer screening events.

The breast cancer navigation program serves high-risk, medically underserved women including: Spanish-speaking women, Korean women, Vietnamese women, Cambodian women, African American women, sexual minority women, Russian-speaking women and those living in poverty.

Cancer prevention and risk reduction resources

The Franciscan Community Cancer Program offers community members year-around opportunities across South Puget Sound to attend cancer prevention and risk reduction programs.

Education and cancer awareness programs

  • diet and lifestyle presentations
  • Eating a Mediterranean Diet (Plant-based Eating)
  • Plants and Portions (Eating a plant-based diet and controlling your body weight)
  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits (Four habits leading to a long and healthy life: Plant-based eating, exercise, lifelong weight control and tobacco avoidance and cessation)
  • belly fat and disease
  • Prostate Cancer Risks and Screening Guidelines: Know Your Stats
  • diet and breast cancer
  • diet and prostate cancer
  • diet and disease

Weight loss programs

Any of the nutrition lectures mentioned above can be adapted with a focus on weight loss. Please contact Tricia Sinek to arrange a presentation on cancer risk reduction or awareness: 253-426-6746 or e-mail

Smoking cessation

The Franciscan Cancer Program provides free tobacco cessation programs to all community members in the South Puget Sound. The award winning Freedom from Tobacco, was founded in 1992, and is the most successful cessation program in the state. Free weekly support groups help anyone who wishes to quit using tobacco and are held at four of our community hospitals including St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood and St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Family members, loved ones and friends are welcome at these meetings so they can learn how best to support any and all tobacco quit attempts.

To learn more about Freedom from Tobacco please contact:
Heidi Henson, 253-223-7538 or e-mail, or Tricia Sinek, 253-426-6746 or e-mail

Pilot projects

Franciscan is a supporter of Gloria’s Angels Foundation, an organization that lifts burdens and builds communities so people can care for a loved one with a life-threatening condition. The program assesses a family’s needs, then seeks solutions for all of them. The organization partners with other service agencies and organizes the community of relatives, neighbors, friends, church members and co-workers to fill all of the gaps. This free service is designed to "help the helpers" so they can serve the family without becoming overwhelmed by the situation.