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Cancer Patient Support Groups

Coping with cancer can often feel like a lonely and difficult journey. Cancer can impact your life physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Intense and confusing emotions are very common.

The Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center is committed to minimizing overall cancer-related distress, as well as supporting patients and families during the cancer experience. We offer a variety of support groups for our patients and their caregivers.

All 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 4:00 PM in the large conference room. The 2018 dates are January 18, February 15, March 16, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20.  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 every other month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the large conference room. The 2018 dates are January 22, March 19, May 21, July 16, September 17, and November 19. Registration is required; please call the American Cancer Society at 1(888) 227-2345 to RSVP (required).

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 facilitator, Kristin Heron, 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 4:30 PM in the large conference room. Space is limited. Registration is required; please call 386-676-3347 to register.

If you have any questions regarding support groups, please contact Vanessa Hill, LCSW (386-231-4018) 

Oncology Social Worker

Our oncology social worker offers counseling services to help patients adjust to all of the many facets of cancer treatment. Counseling is made available in the following settings:

  • Individual counseling
  • Stress management
  • Caregiver counseling
  • Support groups

In addition to emotional support, our social worker also assists patients in finding practical help for matters such as:

  • Home care
  • Transportation
  • Disability needs
  • Advance directives

The process of recovery can be slow both physically and emotionally. Patients often experience intense worries about future health and returning to a more normal life. Many patients find that the months after completing cancer treatment are especially difficult. Our oncology social worker is here to help and will continue to work with patients through the period of survivorship.

For any questions, please contact our oncology social worker by calling us at (386) 231-4018.