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Support Groups

The IMF is often asked by patients if we know of support groups in their areas where they can meet others dealing with myeloma. There is a worldwide network of more than 150 myeloma support groups that hold regular meetings for members of the myeloma community.

Although the IMF does not sponsor these groups, we support their efforts and conduct annual summits for myeloma support group leaders. We encourage you to seek them out. Use the menu below for a list of the groups that we are aware of in your area.

United States : District Of Columbia

Fairfax, VA/ Wash. D.C. (Multiple listing, see Virginia, Maryland)
This group, founded in 1995, meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (off the Beltway at Rt. 50).  For more information, please contact Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Oncology Counselor, Life with Cancer at 703-698-2538, or by E-mail at drucilla.brethwaite@inova.org; or visit the Center’s website at www.lifewithcancer.org.

Washington D.C. (Multiple listing, see Viriginia and Maryland)
The Washington D.C. Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 – 6:30 PM at GW, Medical Faculty Associates, Cancer Center,  2150 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1-100, Washington, D.C. 20037. Dinner is provided and parking will be validated. For more information, please contact Jennifer Bires, LICSW, OSW-C, Program Coordinator, at 202-741-2218, or by E-mail at jbires@mfa.gwu.edu