A diagnosis of cancer can have major adverse physical, psychosocial and economic consequences for both the individual diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends. The provision of adequate information and support to individuals affected by cancer plays a key role in facilitating better adjustment and coping. Psychoeducational group programmes are an effective way of meeting this need. This paper reports on the results of an evaluation of an Australian education and support programme for individuals with cancer and their family and friends - the Living with Cancer Education Programme (LWCEP). Data are presented based on the evaluation of 152 programmes involving 1460 participants conducted between 1994 and 2000. Participant responses related to changes in self, general coping abilities and satisfaction with the programme are reported. Results showed high satisfaction with the programme and significant improvement in coping abilities, knowledge and communication and relationships with significant others and health professionals among both groups of participants. These findings highlight several important issues for professionals involved in the psychosocial care of cancer patients and their family and friends.