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Support Groups

Appointments

To learn more or request an appointment, call 305-243-4129 or
305-243-8204.

Participating in a support group is a great way of connecting with others in similar situations, learning coping strategies, and sharing stories. The social work department facilitates a wide variety of support groups at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Check out our events calendar for details on specific support groups.

Groups We Offer

We offer several cancer support group programs, including breast, pancreatic, lung, melanoma, and more. Our sarcoma support group is the only such group in the state of Florida, and we launched the first prostate cancer support group in Miami-Dade County.

Stem Cell Meet-and-Greet Program

Developed and facilitated by our social work department, our Stem Cell Meet-and-Greet program is for upcoming stem cell transplant (SCT) patients and caregivers. This program is an uplifting event and provides an opportunity for:

  • Addressing fears and insecurities that our patients and their caregivers often feel
  • Allowing patients to meet staff and ask questions
  • Linking pre-stem cell transplant patients with successful post-stem cell transplant patients
  • Providing psycho-education and supportive interventions

Woman-to-Woman Program

Our Woman-to-Woman Program is a peer-to-peer support program for women who have been newly diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Woman-to-Woman pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained survivor-volunteers, who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring.

Woman-to-Woman also promotes education and self-advocacy for women in treatment, as well as for their partners, families, and other caregivers. From the moment of diagnosis through the end of treatment, Woman-to-Woman survivor-volunteers provide support to women and their families to help them cope with gynecologic cancer.

Support Group Programs-Social Work

Name When Location Facilitator/Contact
Melanoma Support Group First Wednesday of the Month Main Altheresa Clark, LCSW
305-243-0157
Breast Cancer Support Group Second Thursday of the Month Main Teresa Neira, PhD
305-243-3149
Breast Cancer Support Group Second Tuesday of the Month Plantation Angela Dill, LCSW
954-210-1121
Breast Cancer Support Group
(Spanish)
Third Thursday of the Month Lennar Sharon Salas, LCSW
305-689-0620
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group First Tuesday of the month Plantation Angela Dill, LCSW
954-210-1121
Brain Tumor Support Group Fourth Thursday of the Month Main Altheresa Clark, LCSW
305-243-0157
Sarcoma Support Group Last Tuesday of the Month Main

Marlene Morales, LCSW
305-243-4193

Caregiver Support Group Every Wednesday on the Inpatient Unit Main

Vanessa Ruiz, LCSW
305-243-4194

Elise James, LCSW
305-243-1866

Stem Cell Meet and Greet Program Scheduled for Pre-stem cell patients Main & Plantation Elise James, LCSW
305-243-1866
(English Main)

Mayra Garcia, LCSW
305-243-0602
(Spanish Main)

Angela Dill, LCSW
954-210-1121
(English Plantation)
Woman to Woman Scheduled for GYO patients and survivors Main Teresa Neira, PhD
305-243-3149
Cancer Support Group Fourth Tuesday of the Month Plantation Angela Dill, LCSW
954-210-1121
Caregiver Support Group Second Tuesday of the Month Plantation Angela Dill, LCSW
954-210-1121
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group Fourth Friday of the Month Main Monique Martinez, LCSW
305-243-8827
Lung Cancer Support Group Second Wednesday of the Month Main Veronica Galego, LCSW
305-243-9048
GI Support Group First Monday of the Month Main Monique Martinez, LCSW
305-243-8827
Prostate Cancer Support Group Fourth Thursday of the Month Lennar Jessica Gomez, LCSW
305-270-5382
Financial Health Symposium  Scheduled Rotating Lisa Merheb, LCSW
305-243-4105 
Blood Cancer Support Group Second Tuesday of the Month  Main

Vanessa Ruiz, LCSW
305-243-4194

 

Cancer Support Services

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