For a printable, one-page fact sheet about CSCAZ, click here.

Our Mission 

To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Our Vision

So that no one faces cancer alone®

Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSCAZ) opened its doors in 1998. CSCAZ is part of the Cancer Support Community Affiliate Network that has over 50 local sites across North America. We provide a full range of support programs for people with cancer and their loved ones in a comfortable home-like setting, at no cost. We offer drop-in and on-going support groups, networking groups for people with specific types of cancer, educational workshops, exercise activities, stress management sessions, lectures by experts in the field of oncology, and social gatherings – all with laughter, joy and hope.

Cancer Support Community was founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica, California in 1982. As a result of experience with his wife’s breast cancer and through subsequent years of study on the psychological and social impact of cancer, Dr. Benjamin formulated the Patient Active Concept. This revolutionary idea would be recognized years later at Walt Disney World EPCOT Metropolitan Life exhibit as one of the most significant developments in the evolution of modern health care. In addition to the Patient Active concept, the other significant cornerstone of our program is that all services are provided free of charge in a home-like, community setting.

CSCAZ is located in a Bungalow house on 360 Palm Lane. This historical home provides a warm and inviting environment to all who come through our door. This home has seen a lot of “firsts.” It housed the first private swimming pool in Phoenix. First radio station in the state and first headquarter for a cancer support center.

Community is perhaps the most important aspect of Cancer Support Community model of care that differentiates the program from any other. Today, thousands of people with cancer and their loved ones unite together through our programs. People come at diagnosis, during or at the end of treatment, at recurrence or several years out of treatment. They all come to learn they are not alone in their fight–whether for physical, emotional or spiritual recovery. Together, they regain a sense of control over their lives and ultimately discover that hope is a valuable tool irrespective of the stage of disease.

The National organization was officially formed in 1989 to facilitate expansion outside California. In 1997, the National headquarters moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. A new Board of Directors was formed that reflected more national representation and a new CEO was hired. In 2002, the National headquarters relocated to Washington, DC. The Cancer Support Community (The Wellness Community/Gilda’s Club) celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012.

For a printable, one-page fact sheet about CSCAZ, click here.