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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. To RSVP, call our Event Line at (251) 445-9691.
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.
A registered dietitian consults with patients at MCI to help them adapt their diets during treatment. This supportive care program is a free service.
Sisterhood of Survivorship (SOS) Gynecologic Cancer Support Group (Mobile)
This free, supportive care program, offered by MCI, encourages patients to explore therapies that complement and strengthen healing while undergoing cancer therapy. MCI hosts and offers several classes that are available to all patients. Groups are designed to educate the mind, strengthen the body and nurture hope for current and former patients, their family members and caregivers. SOS meets the third Thursday of each month at noon on second floor MCI Multipurpose Room. RSVP for lunch by calling (251) 445-9802.
Area Support Groups
The Mobile Bay area and region offers several support groups both for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and for those who have survived cancer:
Look Good Feel Better (Mobile)
This free workshop teaches grooming and makeup techniques to female cancer patients to help them manage side effects from treatments that affect their appearance. The workshop is held at the American Cancer Society, 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 420, Mobile. For more information or to register, contact American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
Brewton Cancer Support Group
This free patient education course provides 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 that are 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 the D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital Education Center in Brewton. Lunch is provided, and topics vary monthly. For more details, contact Marcia DeGraaf at (251) 809-8309.
Cancer Support Group
Cancer patients and/or their family members and caregivers find compassionate and caring support during group meetings at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month in Room 209, Education Building, Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope. For more information, call (251) 928-1148.
Citronelle General Cancer Support Group
Offering support for patients, family and friends diagnosed with cancer, this group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Citronelle. For information, call (251) 344-9858.
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.
Fighting Back With Faith
Female cancer patients find support with this faith-based group that meets monthly at City Church, 3750 Michael Blvd., Mobile. For more information, call Linda Williams at (251) 767-9367.
Us Too! Prostate Cancer Support Group
This support group for prostate cancer patients meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, 5 Mobile Infirmary Circle, Mobile. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. for newly diagnosed patients. Call (251) 645-4404 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 who serve as volunteers respond 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 (800) 227-2345 for more information.
Road to Recovery
A free transportation service is offered for cancer patients to get to and from scheduled treatment appointments. While this service is free, advance notice is required. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.
This program for women with breast cancer helps them to improve range of motion, flexibility and strength. It also provides social and emotional group support. STRETCH is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and local hospitals, and meets at the Hearin-Chandler Family YMCA, 951 Downtowner Blvd., Mobile. Classes are held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks. For more information, call Beth Reinert at (251) 209-1555.
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 affected by cancer is welcome to join this online community. Sometimes only those who have been there and experienced cancer firsthand can truly understand. It provides dozens of discussions and stories to read, allows you to find and connect with others like yourself, and many more resources. Visit www.cancer.org or www.acscsn.org for direct access.