Cancer Support Programs


YWCA Supporting Fighters, Survivors, Thrivers (YW- FiST) connects women with reproductive (ovarian, cervical, and uterine) cancers, undergoing treatment and in remission, to information, social support, and wellness activities to enhance their livelihood and ensure high-quality healthcare.

To address implications stemming from health inequities, participants will be connected to a medical home at Family Health Center for a free mammogram and cervical cancer screening; and health, nutrition, and physical fitness education from a community health worker.

In line with the YWCA’s mission, YW-FiST aims to bridge the disparities women face through dedicated programming and direct outreach. Programs include:

  • Outreach and education to share information about breast and reproductive health and cancers, and the importance of early and regular screening.
  • Access to cancer screenings at local health centers
  • Virtual group support where participants share diagnosis and treatment information, discuss issues and concerns, information on nutrition and physical activity.


For more than 25 years YWCA has been committed to supporting women with breast cancer through the ENCOREplus® program. This FREE program provides valuable physical and emotional support to any woman diagnosed with breast or reproductive cancer. Throughout the program, women who are undergoing cancer treatment and who are in recovery have access to a unique, combined peer group support and exercise program.

Support Group: Share your thoughts, information, resources and concerns with other women diagnosed with cancer at monthly facilitated peer support group sessions. The ENCOREplus support group meets virtually every Tuesday at 12:00 PM

WATER exercise Classes: Our aquatics classes are designed for women of all ages and fitness levels. Those facing surgical treatment can start as soon as three weeks post-surgery. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM to 11: 45 AM.

*NEW* ENCOREplus members now has special access to the YWCA Fitness Center. Members will receive a Guest Membership to utilize the facility and take classes for free!


Women of Color & the Big C is a dedicated support group for women of color diagnosed with reproductive cancers (i.e. breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine). We share our stories, resources, and are building a sisterhood of support within our Central Massachusetts community.

We know your challenges, stresses, and struggles, because they’re ours too. We’re here to listen, understand, and empower you.

Stay Connected:

  • Private Facebook Group
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Socially Distanced Outings
  • Active Group Chat

*NEW* Our group now has special access to the YWCA Fitness Center. Members will receive a Guest Membership to utilize the facility and take classes for free!

Join Us!