Even though family, friends and co-workers often pitch in to help, they may not be able to understand what a cancer patient experiences as well as another patient. Support groups composed of cancer patients and survivors and led by specially trained Beaumont staff offer many benefits, such as
- learning about cancer and its treatment
- sharing practical tips about the side effects of treatment
- accessing community resources
- releasing powerful feelings in a nonjudgmental setting
- decreasing psychological stress
- gaining a "real-life" perspective on problems
- finding workable solutions to problems
- knowing that others have prevailed
Click on the name of a support group below to learn more.
Caregivers Support Group
A support group for spouses, significant others and life partners.
One-to-One Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Through personal contact, phone calls, vibrant monthly newsletters displaying balance of advocacy, events and reflections, on-line correspondence, One to One offers camaraderie to include mind, body and spirit by having monthly meetings and the inclusion of a chaplain
This group provides an avenue for women, men and family members who carry a BRCA mutation to meet each other and learn about the topics that are relevant and valuable to them.
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
This group provides education and emotional support to individuals who are diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck.
Sharing and Caring Breast Cancer Support Group
A patient-driven volunteer network committed to helping breast cancer survivors on their journey to recovery.
Breast Cancer Education and Support
This group provides information and emotional support to individuals who have breast cancer. Services are appropriate for women at all stages of treatment.
Living With Ease
This eight week course, intended for adult oncology patients and family members, teaches meditation, gentle yoga, mindful eating, mindful communication and how to use mindfulness to decrease stress in all kinds of situations.
Us - Too Prostate Group
This group provides information and emotional support for men with prostate cancer. Families and friends are also welcome to attend.
What to Consider
Not everyone feels comfortable joining a support group. The National Cancer Institute suggests considering these questions before joining.
- How large is the group?
- Who attends?
- How long are the meetings?
- How often does the group meet?
- Who leads the group?
- What is the format of the meeting?
- What is the main purpose? To share feelings? To offer practical tips?
- If I go, can I just listen?
Support Group for Lung Cancer Patients
When: Meetings will be held every month on the third Monday from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills (formerly Botsford Cancer Center), 27900 Grand River Avenue, Suite 230, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
"2013 Hour Detroit Top Doc" David Sternberg, M.D., a minimally invasive thoracic surgeon, will lead a new informal support group for lung cancer patients.
Free monthly support group for lung cancer patients. Patients and their loved ones benefit by meeting others who share their lung cancer journey. Open to anyone living with lung cancer. One need not be a Beaumont patient to attend. Each meeting will feature a guest speaker.
For more information, call 248-471-8120.
When: Fourth Tuesday of every month 3 - 4 p.m. Next Screening: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 3 - 4 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Beaumont Hospital - Farmington Hills, Professional Center South, Suite 210, 28100 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Free lymphedema screening is offered to all breast cancer patients at Beaumont - Farmington Hills on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This class will cover lymphedema management tips, skin care, diet modification, and much more. Patients and family are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the staff.
If you would like to make an appointment or speak with one of our licensed therapists, please contact us at 248-471-8648.
Gilda's Club: Yoga Workshop
When: Every Tuesday at 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (excluding holidays) Cost: Free Where: Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills (formerly Botsford Cancer Center), 27900 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Free weekly yoga class. Everyone is welcome. The facilitator can modify the movement for varying physical capabilities.
Gilda's Club: Life After Treatment Group
When: Every Tuesday at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (excluding holidays) Cost: Free Where: Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills (formerly Botsford Cancer Center), 27900 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Free weekly support group for adult men and women who have completed treatment to discuss survivorship and how to create a new normal.
Gilda's Club: Art Therapy for Cancer Patients
When: Every Thursday at noon to 1:30 p.m. (excluding holidays) Cost: Free Where: Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills (formerly Botsford Cancer Center), 27900 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Free weekly creative art workshop to help cancer patients/survivors manage emotional/psychological side effects of cancer diagnosis/treatment. Express hidden emotions; reduce stress/fear/anxiety.
For additional information about the Gilda's Club support programs at the Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills contact, Glida Club Metro Detroit, 248-577-0800, Beaumont Cancer Center Farmington Hills 248-471-8120.