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 location details, please contact us using the numbers listed below. 

    Breast Cancer Support Group
    6 to 7:30 p.m. | First Monday of the month
    General breast cancer support group.
    Contact (Brownstown): (734) 479-3311

    Prostate Cancer Support Group
    7 to 8:30 p.m. | Third Tuesday of the month
    General prostate cancer support group.
    Contact (Brownstown): (734) 479-1007

    Cancer Support Group
    1:30 to 3 p.m. | Every Monday
    For those coping with cancer of any type.
    Contact (Clinton Township): (586) 263-2237

    Cancer Caregiver Support Group
    10:30 a.m. to Noon | Every Friday
    For family and friends caring for someone with cancer.
    Contact (Clinton Township): (586) 263-2237

    Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
    4 to 5:30 p.m. | Second Thursday of the month
    For those with cancer of the throat, mouth or nasal area.
    Contact (Detroit): (313) 916-3281

    Brain Tumor Support Group
    10 a.m. to noon | Third Saturday of the month
    For those with brain tumors, brain cancer and their caregivers.
    Contact (West Bloomfield): (313) 916-2723

    Lung Cancer Support Group
    7 to 8 p.m.| Third Monday of the month
    For those with any kind of lung cancer.
    Contact (West Bloomfield): (734) 379-9434

    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: (248) 344-6696
    Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit): (313) 916-7578
    Henry Ford Cancer Institute Downriver: (734) 479-3311

    Cancer Survivor Retreat

    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
    $25 registration fee includes two nights lodging, activities and all meals.
    Contact: (734) 674-8000

    Henry Ford Caregiver Resources 

    Yoga (West Bloomfield)
    Gentle yoga: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Every Monday
    Chair yoga: 2 to 3 p.m. | Every Thursday
    Location: VITA West Bloomfield Hospital
    Contact: (248) 344-6696

    Yoga (Brownstown)
    9:30 to 11 a.m. | Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 
    Therapy class which includes gentle stretching, improved body mechanics, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation.

    Art Classes
    Call for details. 
    Contact: (734) 479-3311

  • 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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