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.
  • 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 pm | third Thursday 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
  • 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, Rooms 4 and 5
      Contact: (586) 263-2237
    • Cancer Caregiver Support Group
      10:30 a.m. - 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 - 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
    • Hope for Today Spiritual Support Group
      1 - 3 p.m. | third 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 health, our chaplains will be onsite from 2:30 - 3 pm.
      Location: Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
      Medical Pavilion, 4th floor, rooms 4 and 5
      Contact: (800) 532-2411
    • Gentle Oncology Yoga Macomb
      12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, Sept.1, Sept. 5, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 22
      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
  • Detroit
    • Breast Cancer Support Group
      6:30 - 7:30 pm | 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 your breast cancer care team for more information
    • Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
      4 - 5:30 pm | Thursdays: July 13, September 14  and November 9, 2017
      Survivorship and support meeting for current patients, caregivers and survivors
      Location: Main Campus, K-8 Library
      Contact: Dr. Amy Williams at (313) 916-3281 or via email
    • Oncology Chair Yoga
      1 - 2 pm | Thursdays
      9:30 - 10:30 am | Saturdays
      This low impact program is designed to address the unique needs of patients with cancer and their caregivers. Participants will discover great strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation. You must register ahead of time to reserve your spot.
      Location: Fitnessworks at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine
      Cost: $15.00 for one month of unlimited classes
      Contact: Lyn Sharret: (313) 815-2746
  • 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: West Bloomfield Neurosurgery Conference room, 2nd floor east wing
      Contact: Sandy Remer (313) 916-2723
    • Breast Cancer Support Group
      6:30-7:30pm | 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: your breast cancer care team for more information
    • Gentle Yoga
      3:30 - 4:30 pm | every Monday
      2 - 3:00 pm | every Thursday
      Classes are free for all cancer patients and their caregivers, but you must register.
      Location: Vita at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
      Contact: Vita at (248) 325-3870 to register or if you have specific questions.

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

  • Jackson
    Visit the Henry Ford Allegiance calendar for Allegiance support group offerings.
  • Other
    • 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
      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
      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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