Cancer Support Services

Resources to support your treatment and recovery.

We provide a range of services and resources to support your physical and emotional well being during cancer treatment and beyond. With regular checkups, care coordination, rehabilitation, special programs, and the opportunity to join cancer support groups, we’ll make sure you have the best possible support on your journey.

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We combine traditional medicine with services and complimentary therapies to relieve the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its treatments, to care for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

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  • Nurse navigators and social workers

    Our nurse navigators are compassionate experts who will help guide your care. They’ll work with you to arrange appointments for medical services, including:

    • Biopsy, medical imaging and surgery to diagnose your condition
    • Doctor’s visits for regular checkups
    • Chemotherapy
    • Radiation therapy
    • Specialty care, such as pulmonary and gastroenterology services

    Our social workers provide counseling to patients and families. They can offer information about community resources and cancer support groups and assist with the daily challenges of living with cancer, including:

    • Financial support: Funds through “Game on Cancer” and other initiatives help cancer patients with the lifestyle changes and challenges that come with cancer.
    • Programs: Partnering with the American Cancer Society, we offer many programs that can help with everything from arranging transportation to medical appointments to looking and feeling your best while managing cancer treatment side effects.
    • Pharmacy: Our pharmacy offers a special program that serves patients with complex health conditions like cancer, including free prescription medicine delivery service.
    • Reference library: We offer printed information about your cancer diagnosis, treatment information, living with cancer, and managing cancer treatment side effects.
    • Wig bank: We provide free wigs for cancer patients undergoing treatments which cause hair loss.

    Ask your nurse navigator or social worker to help coordinate these services with your cancer care.

  • Cancer exercise and rehabilitation

    Some of the exercise and rehabilitation programs we offer include: 

    Henry Ford Behavioral Health

    Individual and group therapy, Medication therapy (Insurance required).


    • One Ford Place | (313) 874-6677
    • Clinton Township | (586) 226-7007
    • Dearborn | (313) 317-2000
    • Troy | (248) 680-2060
    • West Bloomfield | (248) 661-7393
    • Maplegrove Chemical Dependency | (248) 661-6100

    Nutritional Counseling

    For patients experiencing nutritional difficulties as a result of cancer or cancer treatment.
    Contact: (313) 790-4515 

    ExCITE Program 

    The Exercise and Cancer Integrative Therapy Education Program (ExCITE) was developed in partnership between our cancer team and Heart and Vascular Institute. It offers personalized exercise programs for breast and prostate cancer patients and survivors.Physician referral needed.  

    First consultation free, $25 fee for additional sessions.
    Location: Center for Athletic Medicine: 6525 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    Contact: (313) 972-1919

    Physical Rehabilitation Program

    Personalized physical rehabilitation to maximize quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
    More than 20 locations throughout southeast Michigan.
    Insurance required; Physician referral needed.

    Contact: (888) 777-4167 

  • Support groups and classes

    Area support groups can give you encouragement and hope when you need it the most, and our special programs will nourish your body and mind. For more details about the groups or programs, please contact us using the numbers listed below. 

    Downriver Area

    Breast Cancer Support Group
    6 to 7:30 p.m. | First Monday of the month
    General breast cancer support group.
    Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver 
    Contact Connie Lass: (734) 479-3311

    General Caregiver Support Group
    6 to 8 p.m. | Third Thursday of Every Month
    Join fellow caregivers and care giving experts for support and information.
    Location: Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, dining room H and J (right outside the cafeteria)
    Contact: (313) 874-4838

    Prostate Cancer Support Group
    7 to 8:30 p.m. | Third Tuesday of the month
    General prostate cancer support group.
    Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver 
    Contact Gene Ferguson: (734) 479-1007

    Art Therapy Class
    A fun class where cancer patients and survivors can create their own acrylic paint on canvas masterpiece! The instructor is nationally acclaimed local artist and photographer Patricia Izzo. Please call the number below to reserve your spot - space is limited. 
    When: There are multiple 6 week sessions that meet every Thursday at 1:30pm
    Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver- Community Room
    No Cost
    Contact: (734) 479-3311

    Macomb area

    Cancer Support Group
    1:30 to 3 p.m. | Every Monday
    For those coping with cancer of any type.
    Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Medical Pavilion, 4th Floor, rooms 4 and 5
    Contact: (586) 263-2237

    Cancer Caregiver Support Group
    10:30 a.m. to Noon | Every Friday
    For family and friends caring for someone with cancer.
    Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Medical Pavilion, 4th Floor, room 10
    Contact: (586) 263-2237

    General Caregiver Support Group
    6 to 8 p.m. | Second Monday of every month
    Join fellow caregivers and care giving experts for support and information.
    Location: Henry Ford Home Health Care Office, 25511 Little Mack, Suite B
    Contact: (313) 874-4838

    Hope for Today Spiritual Support Group 
    1-3pm | 3rd Thursday of each month
    A spiritual care support group and lecture series for anyone affected by cancer. For those who would like individual, personal prayers for healing, our chaplains will be onsite from 2:30-3pm.
    Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Medical Pavilion, 4th Floor, rooms 4 and 5
    Contact: (800) 532-2411 

    Creative Art Therapy Support Group
    First Wednesday of each month
    This free support group is designed for those touched by cancer—both patients, survivors and their families. Guided by an art therapist, participants will use drawing, painting and other artistic expression to help manage the emotional and psychological side effects that often result from cancer diagnosis and treatment.
    Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Medical Pavilion, 4th Floor, rooms 4 and 5
    Contact: (586) 263-2237

    Art Cart
    A cart with a variety of creative supplies is available for cancer patients to use art to process issues raised during treatment. 
    Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
    Contact: (586) 263-2237


    Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
    4 to 5:30 p.m. | Thursdays: January 12, March 9, May 11,
    July 13, September 14, November 9  4:00pm—5:30pm
    Survivorship and support meeting for current patients, caregivers, and survivors
    Location: Main Campus, K-8 Library
    Contact Dr. Amy Williams: (313) 916-3281

    West Bloomfield

    Brain Tumor Support Group
    10 a.m. to noon | Third Saturday of the month
    For those with brain tumors, brain cancer and their caregivers.
    Location: WB Neurosurgery Conference room, 2nd floor east wing
    Contact Sandy Remer: (313) 916-2723

    Yoga (West Bloomfield)
    Visit the Vita Classes page for dates and times of classes
    Location: VITA West Bloomfield Hospital
    Contact VITA: (248) 344-6696

    • $12 per class for walk-in, package rates are also available

    Other services are available at our Vita Wellness Spa, Located at the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield


    Look Good … Feel Better  
    A non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. 
    General contact (American Cancer Society): (800) 227-2345 

    Available at the following locations (call for dates):
    Henry Ford Columbus Center: Gwen Roediger- (248) 344-6696
    Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit): JoAnne Ellis- (313) 916-7578
    Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver: 
    1-3 p.m. | Occurs every other month on the third Monday
    Call (734) 479-3311 for a schedule with more information

    Cancer Survivor Retreat
    "It's a New Day" Weekend retreat for women moving forward after cancer treatment -- to celebrate life and find comfort, strength and restoration
    Location: Emrich Retreat Center in Brighton, MI
    $35 fee includes two nights lodging, activities and all meals.
    Contact: (734) 674-8000

    SandCastles grief support program provides a caring place for children and their families who have experienced a death. With the support of staff, volunteers, peers and families, each child can grieve in a manner that's uniquely their own.  

    If you're interested in joining, call (313) 874-6881 to speak with a staff member about a program in your area. 

  • Additional online resources

    We recommend information and resources from our trusted partners.

    • American Cancer Society
      Local and national offices.

      Information, day-to-day help and emotional support.

      Contact: (800) 227-2345
    • CancerCare
      Telephone support from oncology social workers, audio workshops and publications.

      Contact: (800) 813-4673
    • Imerman Angels
      A program that provides personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

      Contact: (866) 463-7626
    • Gilda’s Club – Metro Detroit
      A place where men, women and children whose lives have been touched by cancer, as well as their families and friends, can feel part of a welcoming community of support.

      Location: 3517 Rochester Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073

      Contact: (248) 577-0800
    • Lake House
      A gathering place for those touched by cancer.

      Location: 26701 Little Mack Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48081

      Contact: (586) 777-7761

    • FORCE 
      Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered: National resource to help those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
      Location: Rose Cancer Center: 3577 West 13 Mile Road Suite 140, Royal Oak, MI 48073
      Contact: (866) 288-7475

Cancer genetics

Our certified genetic counselors and clinical geneticists have expertise with various hereditary tumors and cancers. We will help you understand your testing options and what your results mean for you and your family.

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Share your story

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer tell us your story. Your story can bring strength and practical support to others.

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