Monthly Support Groups
MCI offers and supports a variety of support groups for those affected by cancer, whether a patient or a family member. These groups provide valuable emotional support as well as essential information to help those in their fight to overcome cancer.
General 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 or csn.cancer.org for direct access.
Mitchell Cancer Institute General Cancer Support Group – Support for patients, family and friends diagnosed with cancer. Meeting is held the 4th Tuesday of each month (unless Holiday week) at Noon in the 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room at MCI. For more information, please call (251) 665-8000.
Citronelle General Cancer Support Group– Support for patient, family and friends diagnosed with cancer. Meets second Tuesday of each month at 2pm at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Citronelle. For more information 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 11:30am-12:30pm 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.
Breast Cancer Support Groups
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SSTRETCH– 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. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and local hospitals at the Chandler YMCA on Downtowner Boulevard. Classes are held at 10am every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks. For more information call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856.
Prostate Cancer Support Groups
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 7pm on the 1st Monday of each month, at Springhill Medical Center, Gerald Wallace Auditorium, 3719 Dauphin St. Call (251) 645-4404 for more information. For newly diagnosed patients, the meeting will begin at 6:30pm.
Other Support Groups
Lost Chord– Patients and their families may learn about speech therapy and receive counseling through the local chapter or the International Association of Laryngectomees. Call (251) 344-9856 or (251) 675-8644 for more information.
Smoking Cessation – Adult and teen stop smoking program sponsored by Providence Hospital and the American Lung Foundation. For more information or to register, call (251) 633-1984.
Road to Recovery – Ensures cancer patients have transportation to and from medical facilities for treatments. Volunteer drivers provide patients with a ride in order to keep them on their regular treatment schedule. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9856.
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.