Patient & Family Support

Cancer is Not a Solo Experience

If you or a loved one has cancer, there are places in our community to turn to for additional help. No one understands what you're going through better than cancer survivors and the care givers who help patients every day. Consider a support group or other organized support program to answer questions and concerns you might have. There are also the physical effects of cancer and treatment that can be difficult to manage on your own. 

    

 

Local Support

Baptist Hospital of Miami: Pastoral Care
Emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families in times of need.
http://www.baptisthealth.net/en/facilities/baptist-hospital-miami/Pages/Pastoral-Care.aspx

 

Baptist Health South Florida Educational Programs

Focus on Healing PDF

 

Cancer Support Community - Greater Miami
Providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. www.CancerSupportCommunityMiami.org

 

Easter Seals of South Florida
Provides respite care for caregivers of impaired adults over 60 or a person with memory loss.  http://southflorida.easterseals.com

The League Against Cancer
A community-based not-for-profit organization providing free medical care to needy cancer patients. http://ligacontraelcancer.org/

Mercy Hospital Pastoral Care
The Mercy Hospital Chapel is open and welcomes anyone who seeks the comfort of prayer or a quiet moment of meditation.
http://www.mercymiami.org/hospital-services/mission-ministry/pastoral-care/

Outpatient Dietician/Nutritionalist 
Located at South Miami Hospital Paola Lancho, RD. Call 786-662-4385.

Relay for Life
Advanced Medical Specialties partners with the community in the Relay for Life (E Kendall, S Miami, and Pinecrest ) for the American Cancer Society. If you would like to donate to the team click www.relayforlife.org/ekfl and click on the Aladdin team.
View the 2013 “Relay for Life” Momentous Recollections.

South Florida Cancer Control Collaborative
Useful resources and information about legislation, conferences, or events related to cancer.  http://sfccc.med.miami.edu/

South Florida Cancer Association
http://www.sflca.org/

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
http://www.floridabreastcancer.org/

S. Florida Cancer Control Collaborative
http://soflacancer.org/

Breast Cancer

A Buddie for You
Provides one-on-one mentors for breast cancer patients. Call  1-800-599-2456.

Breastcancer.org
Features extensive resources related to breast cancer. Breastcancer.org

Men Against Breast Cancer
For men who have been affected by breast cancer in a woman they love. http://menagainstbreastcancer.org/

National Breast Cancer Coalition
The nation's largest breast cancer advocacy group with hundreds of member organizations. http://www.stopbreastcancer.org/

National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. http://ww5.komen.org/

National Support/Education

American Cancer Society
Through the American Cancer Society, programs are available to assist with self image, support and encouragement, mastectomy products, wigs, medical equipment, transportation and more.

In English.

En Español.

CancerCare
A national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services including counseling, online support groups, financial counseling and other patient and family services for anyone affected by cancer. Call 1-800-813-HOPE or visit their website: www.cancercare.org.

CARxES
Helps secure financial assistance for treatment and assists patients when applying to various foundations. Call 1-800-479-6337

Chemotherapy Educational Video
Provides overview of chemo treatment process and what to expect.  http://web.stream57.com/clients/usoncology/1152/chemo.html

Cleaning for a Reason Foundation
A national foundation providing FREE professional house cleaning to women undergoing cancer treatments.  www.cleaningforareason.org

COBRA Premium Subsidy
Assisting individuals who have lost their jobs between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) pays 65% of the COBRA premium. IRS.gov

National Cancer Institute
Information on cancer. www.cancer.gov

Road to Recovery- American Cancer Society
Provides volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from appointments. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/Programs/road-to-recovery

US Oncology – Life Beyond Cancer Foundation
Helps patients who are struggling with living expenses during their cancer treatments. http://lifebeyondcancer.org/

American Society of Clinical Oncology Videos