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Cancer Care Support Groups

Cancer Care Support Groups

While cancer affects each patient differently, the shared experiences of diagnosis and treatment often help patients to bond and reach out to others to give or receive support. Find out about the many support groups available at USA Health and throughout the community.

Mitchell Cancer Institute Support Groups

Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) offers a number of support groups both for newly diagnosed patients, as well as for survivors.

Breast Friends Forever (BFF) Breast Cancer Support Group (Mobile)
The mission of BFF is to create an atmosphere for breast cancer survivors to come together and receive and give emotional and psychological support to one another. BFF meets the first Tuesday of each month at noon; second floor, MCI Multipurpose Room, 1660 Springhill Ave., Mobile. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call our Event Line at (251) 445-9691.

Canteen Support Group (USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital)
The purpose of this cancer support group is to allow pre-teens, teens and their parents a safe space to navigate the emotional upheaval that results from a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Meetings are held by Zoom on the last Thursday of every month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for pre-teens and teens. Parents meet on the prior Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Lauren Henson at lhenson@health.southalabama.edu or call (251) 415-1664.

General Cancer Support Group (USA Baldwin County Campus-Fairhope)
A general cancer support group meets at the USA Baldwin County Campus, 111 St. James St., Fairhope, Classroom #6 on the third Thursday of each month, 12:30-1:30p. Participants provide emotional and psychological support for those in active treatment and further along the continuum of survivorship. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call our Event Line at (251) 445-9691.

Hope Wellness Survivorship
This free supportive care program, offered by MCI, encourages patients to explore therapies that complement and strengthen healing while undergoing cancer therapy, and assist in transitioning with harmony into full survivorship. Taught bi-annually, patients must register to participate. Call (251) 445-9802 for more information or to find out when the next class begins.

HOPE Wellness (Mobile)
The HOPE Wellness program is designed to help cancer survivors improve their health, increase energy and foster peer interaction for social and emotional support. HOPE Wellness consists of low-impact exercises and meditation. Classes are held each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Walking and yoga are alternated each week. For more information, call (251) 445-9802.

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Hope Wellness (Baldwin County)
The HOPE Wellness program is designed to help cancer survivors improve their health, increase energy and foster peer interaction for social and emotional support. HOPE Wellness consists of low-impact exercises. Classes are held each Thursday from 12:30-1:30p. Yoga is the first Thursday of each month and Walking Group is the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. For more information, call (251) 445-9829.

MCI Community Lunch & Learns (Mobile and Fairhope)
These events provide interactive support for patients, family and friends affected by cancer. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon, on the second floor, MCI Multipurpose room, and on the second Tuesday of each month at the USA Baldwin County Campus, Classroom 11. The community classes provide an open forum for meaningful discussion of various topics related to the treatment and management of cancer. Topics vary, and cancer experts guide the discussion. Groups are held from January to October. To RSVP, call our Event Line at (251) 445-9802.

Sisterhood of Survivorship (SOS) Gynecologic Cancer Support Group (Mobile)
The mission of SOS is to create an atmosphere for gynecologic cancer survivors to come together and receive and give emotional and psychological support to one another. SOS meets the third Thursday of each month at noon; second floor, MCI Multipurpose Room, 1660 Springhill Ave., Mobile. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call our Event Line at (251) 445-9691.

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