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Philosophy & Program



Gilda’s Club is distinguished by its unique philosophy and program. Completely free of charge, Gilda’s Club encourages a sense of "expertise" among members, and emphasizes community-building, collective wisdom and shared experience.

The Gilda’s Club Program:


The Basic III

Support and Networking Groups

Lectures and Workshops

Social Activities


The ‘Plus' Supplements

Team ConveneTM

Family FocusTM

NoogielandTM

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Gilda's Club Language

At Gilda's Club, we take care to avoid words that convey or reinforce misconceptions about cancer. Here are some examples of Gilda's Club language:

People living with cancer
— NOT — Cancer victims or patients

Learning to live with cancer
— NOT — Coping with cancer or facing a life-threatening illness

Regaining control & wellbeing
— NOT — Doing battle, struggling with cancer, or fighting for recovery

Opportunity to join with others and share experiences
— NOT — Being helpless or in need of help

Club members
— NOT — Clients

Cancer support community
— NOT — Cancer support group

Living fully as one learns to live with cancer
— NOT — Improving one's quality of life

A warm and welcoming clubhouse
— NOT — A safe haven

Learning skills and gathering information
— NOT — Receiving education

A place to express a full range of feelings
— NOT — A place to "stay positive"









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