FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cancer Pathways?

Cancer Pathways offers a program of educational, supportive, and community options for men, women, teens and children living with cancer along with their families and friends. Programs are offered in Seattle and throughout the State with collaborating partners in varied locations such as hospitals, community centers and schools.

Who can participate in your programs?

Do I have to have cancer to participate? Anybody who has been touched by cancer can participate – men, women, teens and children with all types of cancer, as well as their families, partners and friends. You do not have to have cancer to participate.

What programs do you offer?

We offer a variety of support groups, educational lectures, educational programs for teens and the workplace, and classes and workshops that support healthy living.

How can I take advantage of your free programs?

Call us at (toll free) 1-866-200-2383. If you are interested in joining an adult support group or our family program, we’ll first schedule you with an appointment to talk with one of our program social workers. You can sign up for many of our programs through our website.

Can’t I just drop in to attend a support group to see if I like it?

Our Seattle and Overlake support groups are not drop in so we ask that you call us to make an appointment for an individual Support Group Orientation before joining a group. For Seattle groups we have you come in to see us at our 1400 Broadway location; for Overlake support groups we mail you an info packet and follow up with a phone Support Group Orientation. Our groups at Virginia Mason Federal Way are drop in groups and no registration is required.

Where are you located?

We are located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, near many of the major Seattle hospitals and medical centers. Our address is 1400 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122. Parking is available through street parking and several nearby public parking lots, all with differing fees. Cancer Pathways has one disabled parking spot available nearest to the ramp by our back door. There are also two spaces in the Diamond Lot next door, closest to our front porch, but you must pay the applicable parking lot fees. There are also two disabled spaces in the Diamond Lot.

Do all of your groups and activities take place in Seattle?

No, we also have support groups at the Cancer Center at Overlake in Bellevue and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and Federal Way.

Do you have programs for children?

Yes, we have a Family Cancer Support Program that includes support groups for parents and kids, family activities, summer day-camps for kids touched by cancer, writing contests for middle and high school students, and a cancer education program for teens that takes place in high schools throughout the Puget Sound Region.

Did you previously go by a different name?

Yes, we are no longer able to use our old name, Gilda’s Club Seattle. However, our Executive Director, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have remained the same. We will continue to offer our free programs for anyone in our community who has been touched by cancer — only our name has changed. Click here to read more about our name change.

What happens to the money I donate?

All donations to Cancer Pathways support local programming. We do not have a national organization that we send money to or that dictates what programs we offer. Currently, our local community includes the Puget Sound region, with some programming (Cancer Education for Teens, Teen Writing Contest) expanding into other parts of the states of Washington and Alaska. We have plans to expand further both inside and outside of Washington State.