a place to find strength

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Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies and resources. All of our offerings are free of charge. There is much to be gained from learning to team with the medical system and draw on our own strengths, a constellation of integrative therapies, and the wisdom of our peers who have traveled the same road before us.

Cancer Connection is at heart a living room, a place to find kindness, understanding, energy, laughter and respite. Our homelike, handicap-accessible center is located at 41 Locust Street (Route 9) in Northampton. We invite you to come in to talk with a staff member or a trained volunteer for help sorting out priorities, medical questions, family, work or legal issues. Although we can offer referrals and information, our goal is to give you time… time to figure out what it is that is most complicating in your life because of the cancer and to help you find ways to unravel the knots.


Stop by and sit down with us in our center at 41 Locust Street (*Please note our Thrift Shop hours are different - see below):

Our Center is located at 41 Locust Street in Northampton, MA and is open for unscheduled visits:

Monday: 10 to 2 PM

Tuesday: 10 to 2 PM

Wednesday: 10 to 12 PM

Thursday: 10 to 2 PM

If those times aren’t convenient, simply call Cancer Connection and we’ll find a time that fits.

*Our Thrift Shop is located at 375 South Street in Northampton, MA and the store is open:

Monday 10 - 4
Tuesday 10 - 6
Wednesday 10 - 6
Thursday 10 - 6
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 10 - 4
Sunday: CLOSED

Check them out - 100% of the Thrift Shop proceeds support our center! 

Since its founding in 2000 by Deb Orgera and Jackie Walker, Cancer Connection has dedicated itself to creating a creative environment emphasizing vitality and good times rather than isolation and illness. We are able to offer our services free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the individuals, corporations and foundations that support our work.

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223


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A letter from one of our treasured participants


Howard"Cancer is something that happens to other people.”

Most of us have thought that sometime in our lives. I imagine most of us who have lived with cancer, either in ourselves or in a loved one, have the same feeling of shock when the diagnosis hits closer to home.

I was a month into recovering from surgery after the removal of a non-cancerous brain tumor when I was told that I also had a rare form of leukemia. "We can't cure it" was the bad news; "but we've had good luck putting it into remission" was the good news. I was launched into three grueling months of chemotherapy.

Many friends and family members in the know kept suggesting that I check out Cancer Connection. "Call them. They even have a men's support group", they would tell me.

What I found were people who did indeed understand. And wanted to hear me. And shared my fears and small triumphs. And could share their own experiences with me, lessening my feeling that this was a solo flight. Suddenly I wasn't alone on the dance floor anymore.

Read more of Howard's letter.


All contributions are tax deductible.

Pay it Forward

Please consider contributing to Cancer Connection if you’ve found our programs worthwhile in your cancer journey, so that someone else can share your experience here. Donate now. Cancer Connection is a registered 501(c)3 organization. EIN # 04-3493483.



Pioneer Valley Cancer Care Website


Cancer Connection is starting work on a website of cancer services in the Pioneer Valley. With a $14,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, including $11,000 from Credit Data Services, Inc. Fund and $3,000 from Franklin Fund, Cancer Connection plans to create a website where consumers and professionals can search for cancer care resources available close to home and can submit questions for timely answers. Betsy Neisner, retired executive director of Cancer Connection, called the project “the heart of a regional effort to increase awareness of cancer services for cancer care professionals as well as access to cancer services for patients and their caregivers.” For more information, to offer your expertise or to help in any way, please call Kristen Elechko, Interim Executive Director at 586-1642.