Cancer Support Groups and Classes

Support groups can give you encouragement and hope when you need it the most, and our special programs will nourish your body and mind. All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

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  • Downriver
    • Breast Cancer Support Group
      6 – 7:30 p.m | first Monday of the month
      General breast cancer support group
      Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver
      Contact: Connie Lass at (734) 479-3311
    • General Caregiver Support Group
      6 – 8 p.m. | third Thursday of the month
      Join fellow caregivers and care giving experts for support and information.
      Location: Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
      Dining room H and J  (near the cafeteria)
      Contact: Call (313) 874-4838 or contact via email
      Website
    • Prostate Cancer Support Group
      7 – 8:30 p.m. | third Tuesday of the month
      General prostate cancer support group
      Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver
      Contact: Gene Ferguson at (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 to reserve your spot as space is limited
      When: There are multiple 6 week sessions that meet every Thursday at 1:30 pm
      Location: Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Downriver - Community Room
      Contact: (734) 479-3311
    • Restorative Yoga
      10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Tuesday and Wednesday
      Breathing exercises, meditation/guided relaxation, and gentle poses and movement. All abilities are welcome.
      Contact: (734) 479-3311

  • Macomb
    • Cancer Support Group
      1:30 – 3 p.m. | every Monday
      For those coping with cancer of any type
      Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
      Medical Pavilion, 4th Floor, Room 10
      Contact: (586) 263-2237
    • General Caregiver Support Group
      6 – 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 or via email
      Website
    • Gentle Oncology Chair Yoga Macomb
      12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | every other Friday
      All levels are welcome. Yoga instructor Darcie Brunette will tailor the class to meet your needs. Bring your own yoga mat or use our chairs. A water bottle is recommended. The classes are free, but call (586) 263-2237 to reserve your spot.
      Location: The Gathering Joint: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital at 15855 Nineteen Mile Road, Clinton Township.
      Take the front lobby elevators to the 4th floor. The Gathering Joint is to the left of the reception desk across from the elevators. Valet vouchers are available.
      Contact: Tara Forton, Social Worker: (586) 263-2237
    • Creative Art Therapy Support Group
      11 – 12:30 p.m. | Third Wednesday of each month
      This free support group is designed for those touched by cancer - both patients, survivors and their families. 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
    • Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
      2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | 1st Thursday of each month
      A survivorship and support meeting for current patients, caregivers, and survivors of head and neck cancer.
      Location: Shelby Macomb Medical Mall
      50505 Schoenherr Rd Shelby Charter Township
      Suite 020
      Contact: (586) 263-2237
  • Detroit
    • Breast Cancer Support Group
      6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | first Wednesday of the month
      Survivorship and support meeting for current breast cancer patients, caregivers and survivors
      Location: E & R Building at Henry Ford Hospital, Room 2075
      Contact: Sonja Colbert at (313) 916-9519
    • Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
      4 – 5:30 p.m. | Wednesdays: January 9, March 13, May 8, July 10, September 11, November 13
      Survivorship and support meeting for current patients, caregivers and survivors
      Location: One Ford Place 3D04
      Contact: Dr. Amy Williams at (313) 916-5741 or via email
    • Brain Tumor Support Group Detroit Campus
      10:00 – 11:30 a.m. | First Thursday of the month
      Under the supervision of Henry Ford nurses and social workers, guest speakers at each brain tumor support group present the latest information on Brain cancer treatments and Brain Cancer Support Services.
      Location: Henry Ford Hospital E & R building
      Contact: 313-916-2723
  • West Bloomfield
    • Art Therapy Open Studio
      11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | First Friday of the month
      Guided by an art therapist, cancer survivors and their families will use drawing, painting, and other types of art to help manage the emotional or mental side effects that may come from a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment.
      Location
      : Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Atrium
      Contact: Gwen Roediger, Social Worker: (248) 344-6696
    • Brain Tumor Support Group
      10 a.m. – noon | third Saturday of the month
      For those with brain tumors, brain cancer and their caregivers.
      Location: West Bloomfield Neurosurgery Conference room, 2nd floor east wing
      Contact: Sandy Remer (313) 916-2723
    • Breast Cancer Support Group
      6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | third Wednesday of the month
      Survivorship and support meeting for current breast cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors
      Location: Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, private dining room 1 (outside the café)
      Contact: Sonja Colbert at (313) 916-9519
  • Jackson
    • RENEW Program
      5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, January - November
      This group offers emotional support and encouragement for women who have survived breast and gynecological cancers, from newly diagnosed to years in remission.
      Location: Henry Ford Allegiance Radiation Oncology
      Contact: Nurse Navigator Sharon Petri, RN: (517) 205-1576
    • Prostate Cancer Support Group Jackson
      For men at any stage of prostate cancer treatment or survivorship
      3rd Tuesday of the month, September thru May | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Location: Main Hospital of Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Dining Room #1
      Facilitator: Jim Brian (517) 688-4960
      Handicap accessible, free parking
    • Breast Cancer Care & Share Support Group
      For women at any stage of breast cancer treatment or survivorship
      4th Monday of the month | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
      Location: Henry Ford Allegiance Health Professional Building 3rd Floor Ste. 307
      Hematology Oncology Resource Room (connected to main lobby in oncology)
      Facilitator: Sharon Petri, RN, Breast Patient Navigator (715) 205-1576
      Handicap accessible, free parking
    • Cancer Survivorship Support Program
      2018: May 9, September 12, and November 14 | 5 – 7 p.m.
      Location: Henry Ford Allegiance Health Radiation Oncology Conference Room (enter building then turn right going to end of hall)
      Facilitators: Jill Humphrey, LMSW and Cathy McAllister, LMSW
      Handicap accessible, free parking
    • Chronic Illness - Living Stronger Together
      2018: 2nd and 4th Monday thru May,
      1st and 3rd Monday June – December | 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
      Henry Ford Allegiance Health Radiation Oncology Conference Room (enter building then turn right going to end of hall)
      Facilitator: Cathy McAllister, LMSW
      Handicap accessible, free parking
    • Grief Groups
      A variety of types and times. Contact Henry Ford Allegiance Health Hospice at
      (517) 205-6982.
      A person does not have to have had any connection with hospice. This is the department that works with these groups.
      • Adults experiencing any type of loss
      • Kidd’s (Kids impacted by death and Dying support group, ages 5-12 and 13-17)
      • Bereaved Parents
      • Survivors of Suicide
      • Masculine side of grief
  • Other
    • 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
      Cost: $35 fee includes two nights lodging, activities and all meals.
      Contact: (734) 674-8000
    • SandCastles
      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.
    • Gilda's Club Metro Detroit
      Located in Royal Oak, Gilda's club offers support groups and networking for those with cancer, their families, and their caregivers. You must become a member to attend their events.
      Visit their website or call (248) 577-0800 for more information on membership and events.

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