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Tuscaloosa Support Groups for Cancer Patients & Their Families

The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center offers many support groups for our patients and their families.

For details about support group meetings, date, times or other information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator by phone at 205-759-7877 or email jana.smith@dchsystem.com. You may also visit our calendar of events for updated information on all of our patient events, classes and groups.

Behind the Ribbon

Volunteer breast cancer survivors provide peer-to-peer support, educational resources and make visits to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. To schedule a visit from a Behind the Ribbon volunteer, contact our Patient Navigator at 205-330-3647.

Cancer Wellness

Promotes health and wellness to anyone diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families, during all phases of treatment and recovery. It meets the 3rd Tuesday of most months from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. in the Manderson Cancer Center Wellness Room. Reservations are requested. Lunch is provided.

HeART: Healing with the Arts

FREE art workshops every Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Manderson Cancer Center Art Room. Workshop participants have the opportunity to use art to express their feelings. Open to all patients, family members and caregivers.

IMPACT (Breast Cancer)

Identifying Many Positives After Cancer Treatment (IMPACT) provides support, information, education and community service to benefit its members, other breast cancer survivors and their families. IMPACT meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Most meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church. The Boutique hosts two meetings a year at the Manderson Cancer Center. Reservations are requested. Lunch is provided.

Look Good, Feel Better Workshops

This program is for women who are undergoing cancer treatment to learn new ways of dealing with changes in their appearance and skin. Look Good, Feel Better is a free program sponsored by the DCH Foundation's Help and Hope Fund. It meets once a quarter from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Manderson Cancer Center Wellness Room. Click here to register for this program.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

This support group provides community-based education and support to help men and their families cope with their cancer. The group meets every other month on the 2nd Thursday from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. in the Manderson Cancer Center Wellness Room.

Smile A While

This program is for children and teens who have a loved one dealing with cancer treatment. The program is designed to help children cope with a loved one's serious illness. If you are interested in more information about Smile A While, or to schedule an appointment, call 205-759-6253.

STRETCH

A unique exercise and support program for all women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. "Stretching" can begin eight weeks following a surgical procedure. This group meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. at the University of Alabama Student Recreation Center. Patients must fill out an application and obtain a physician order. Contact the Outreach Coordinator, Jana Smith, at 205-759-7877 for an application.

For details about support group meetings, dates and times or other information, contact our Outreach Coordinator by phone
at 205-759-7877 or email.