Nurturing hope for those affected by cancer.
MCI hosts and offers several support programs to help patients and their support team cope with the many challenges of being diagnosed with cancer. These programs are designed to educate the mind, strengthen the body and nurture hope for anyone affected by cancer. All supportive care programs are free of charge and available to the public. Click the links below to learn more about these groups.
MCI Support Groups
Mobile Area Support Groups
Support Groups for Men
Cancer Survivors Network
Mitchell Cancer Institute Support Groups
MCI Community Classroom (Lunch & Learn) – Interactive support for patients, family and friends impacted by cancer. Meeting is held the 4th Tuesday of each month at noon at MCI in the 2nd floor Multipurpose Room. The Community Classroom provides an open forum for meaningful discussion of various topics related to the treatment and management of cancer. Topics vary and an expert in the field guides the discussion. Groups are held from January to October. For more information, please call (251) 445-9819.
Breast Friends Forever (BFF)– The mission of BFF is to create an atmosphere for breast cancer survivors to come together and receive and give emotional support and psychological support to one another. BFF meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of MCI in the Multipurpose Room. For more information, please contact Darlene Chavers at (251) 631-3989.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group – The Trigeminal Neuralgia support group gives you the opportunity to meet others that suffer from trigeminal neuralgia and provides a supportive and engaging environment that stimulates informative talks, provides meaningful education and resources. The group meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month on the 2nd floor of MCI in the Multipurpose Room. If you would like more information, or would like to RSVP, please call (251) 445-9616.
Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group – Provides support for people affected by blood cancers including patients, family members and caregivers. The group provides support and offers the opportunity to discuss anxieties and concerns with others who share the same experiences. The Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma support group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from Noon-1:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of MCI in the Multipurpose Room. For more information or to register, contact Dennis King or Dennise Bunch at (251) 445-9616.
Look Good Feel Better – A workshop that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The group is held at MCI and participation is free of charge. For more information or to register, contact the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
Mobile Area Support Groups
Cancer Survivors Network – Created by and for cancer survivors, the Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) is the first of-its-kind, web-based support service. Anyone personally impacted by cancer is welcome to join this online community. Sometimes only those who have “been there” can truly understand. Read dozens of discussions and stories, find and connect with others like yourself, and much more. Participate as much as you like. It’s easy! Visit www.cancer.org for direct access.
Citronelle General Cancer Support Group – Support for patient, family and friends diagnosed with cancer. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Citronelle. For more information, please call (251) 344-9858.
Brewton Cancer Support Group – This is a free patient education course provided in a supportive environment for adults with cancer, their family members and friends. It can help the patient and loved ones begin to understand feelings of fear and frustration, which are so often encountered after a cancer diagnosis. Meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital Education Center. Lunch is provided at the facility. Topics vary monthly. For more details, please contact Marcia DeGraaf at (251) 809-8309.
I Can Cope – A free cancer education program for cancer patients and their family and friends. Dates and times for I Can Cope sessions are TBA. Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856 for more information.
Reach to Recovery – Breast cancer survivors provide one-on-one support and information to help individuals cope with breast cancer. Specially trained survivors serve as volunteers, responding in person or by phone to the concerns of people facing a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recurrence or recovery. Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856 for more information.
STRETCH– Program for women who have had breast cancer to improve range of motion, flexibility and strength. It provides small group support to encourage social and emotional support. STRETCH is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and local hospitals at the Chandler YMCA on Downtowner Boulevard. Classes are held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks. For more information call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856.
Mobile Area Support Groups for Men
Man-to-Man – Prostate cancer survivors provide one on one support and information to help individuals cope with prostate cancer. Specially trained survivors serve as volunteers, responding in person or by phone to the concerns of people facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment, recurrence or recovery. Contact the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856 for more information.
Us Too! – Support group for prostate cancer patients. Meets at 7 p.m. on the 1st Monday of each month in the Gerald Wallace Auditorium at Springhill Medical Center, 3719 Dauphin Street. Call (251) 645-4404 for more information. For newly diagnosed patients, the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.