Cancer Support Groups
Coping with cancer is often a difficult journey—physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute is committed to minimizing overall cancer distress, as well as helping patients and families adjust to the many life changes cancer can bring. We offer many education and support programs for individuals, families and groups to assist in the fight against cancer.
Individual/Family Counseling and Education
Oncology-certified nurse educators, care coordinators, and oncology social workers are available at no charge on an inpatient and outpatient basis from the point of diagnosis and throughout the illness experience.
The patient-to-patient program provides opportunities for patients to speak with other patients who have volunteered and have been trained to be a part of this service. Cancer patients are matched as closely as possible with volunteers of similar diagnosis, age and gender. The volunteers provide support through listening and sharing experiences.
Cancer Resource Libraries
The Cancer Resource Centers offer books, brochures, articles and videotapes.
Individual Nutritional Counseling
Individual nutritional assessment and educational services are available through a registered, licensed dietician. These services focus on the unique eating and nutritional challenges faced by people living with cancer and their families. Goals of counseling are to maximize the body’s ability to respond to cancer treatment and minimize nutritionally-related distress from side effects of treatment. If nutritional counseling is not covered by insurance, there is a fee.
Florida Hospital is unique in its emphasis on spirituality and the role it plays in physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. We recognize that comprehensive healthcare embraces the whole person—body, mind and spirit. Spiritual support is provided at no charge by chaplains whose primary purpose is to minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families while respecting their beliefs. In the hospital, ask a nurse to dial “0” for the operator to request this one-on-one support.
Support Groups by Campus
Florida Hospital DeLand
For more information or to RSVP 24 hours in advance prior to each meeting, call (386) 943-7160.
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
For more information or to RSVP 24 hours in advance prior to each meeting, call (386) 917-5850.
Please Note: The Survivorship Support Group is no longer available.
Florida Hospital Flagler
For more information contact: Deborah Duvall at (386) 586-2065.
Look Good, Feel Better
Patients are required to register in advance for this group, which meets the last Monday of February, April, June, August and October
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9AM-10AM in Classroom D
Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5PM-7PM in Classroom D
SPOHNC Head, Neck & Oral Cancer Support Group
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 4PM-5:30PM in Classroom D
Multiple Myeloma Group
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3:30PM-4:30PM
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
All of our support groups meet at:
Cancer Institute of Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
224 Memorial Medical Parkway, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
For any questions about support groups, please contact our oncology social worker by calling (386) 231-4018.
Living with Cancer
Whether you’re a patient, survivor or caregiver, this is your opportunity to talk about the day-to-day challenges of living with cancer in a group of people who can inspire, relate to and support you along your journey. This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 3:00 to 4:00PM in the chapel. Registration is not required.
Lung Cancer Support Group
If you've been diagnosed with lung cancer, you might have physical and emotional concerns distinct from other cancer patients. Our lung cancer support is the only one of its kind in Volusia and Flagler counties. The Lung Cancer Support Group is here to provide a safe and open environment to share your experiences and struggles. This group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2:00 to 4:00PM in the chapel. Registration is not required.
Breast Cancer Survivorship Support Group
When the diagnosis of breast cancer is given, you may be in need of information, resources and support to meet the challenges you face. Join breast cancer patients and survivors for support and encouragement throughout your journey with cancer. Enjoy educational speakers, fun activities, and fellowship with the breast cancer survivorship community. This group meets the second Monday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30PM in the large conference room. Registration is not required.
Look Good, Feel Better
Women undergoing cancer treatments can still feel comfortable with the way they look. During this session, our trained cosmetologist teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this group meets the first Monday of every other month from 1:00 to 3:00PM in the large conference room. Registration is required; please call the American Cancer Society at 1(800) 227-2345 to register.
Art In Healing
Expressing emotions is central to healing. Patient and caregivers now have a new outlet for recovery through our Art in Therapy program. Professional art facilitators from the Ormond Memorial Art Museum will lead us in topics ranging from painting and sketching to crafts and photography. All levels are welcome. This group meets the fourth Thursday of the month, excluding summer months, from 3:00 to 4:00PM in the large conference room. Space is limited. Registration is required; please call 1(800) 231-2229 to register.
Download the 2017 Florida Hospital Cancer Institute Support Group Schedule Here