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Cancer Care Support Groups

Mitchell Cancer Institute 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

The Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) offers support groups for newly diagnosed patients as well as 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. Location can vary. 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 at Springhill Baptist Church Activity Center, 11 S. McGregor Ave., Mobile, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

A chair yoga class is held on the second floor of the Activity Center and is led by a certified chair yoga instructor. Participants also are invited to use the walking track inside the gym. Participants should check in at the activity desk and mention that they are from the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

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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 & Learn
This event provides interactive support for patients, family and friends affected by cancer. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at noon. The location can vary, so please register by calling 251-445-9691. Provide your name and contact information. Patient Services will contact you. 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. A light lunch is served, and RSVP is necessary by Friday before the program. To RSVP, call (251) 445-9691.

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 Tuesday of each month at noon, and the location varies. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call (251) 445-9691.

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