To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge,
strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
"Cancer patients who participate in their fight for recovery,
along with their healthcare team, will improve the quality
of their lives and may enhance the possibility of their recovery."
– Harold Benjamin, Ph. D.
Founder, The Wellness Community
(now known as Cancer Support Community)
If you, or a loved one, are living with cancer, you are not alone. Three out of four families are affected by cancer. It's a difficult time. Dealing with treatment and its side effects can be a struggle for both patients and families. Juggling family, professional and financial responsibilities can be overwhelming. Coping with the emotional burden can be exhausting.
Too often the practical and medical issues push the psychological issues aside. Patients often keep their deepest fears and worries to themselves, reluctant to share thoughts of hopelessness with family members who are supporting and caring for them. Caregivers and loved ones will keep some of their most private emotions to themselves as well, protecting the patient from feelings of anxiety, despair, and even anger.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is here to help.
And it's FREE.
Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is a place where people find support, education and hope. A majority of our programs are offered in our facility which was designed as a welcoming, home-like setting. Based on five core components which are woven into all aspects of our services – Support Programs, Education, Healthy Lifestyle, Social Connections and Resources – the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami is available to people with cancer, their families and friends. Since opening our doors in March 2002, we have touched the lives of nearly 27,000 patients and their loved ones.
Support groups address emotional issues for patients and families. Educational workshops get important questions answered in a non-clinical setting. Stress management programs enhance health and well-being. Every program is offered free of charge and led by professionals licensed in their fields of expertise.
We do not offer medical treatments, alternative treatments, or hospice care. Our services are offered as a complement to conventional treatment, although anyone undergoing any kind of cancer care is welcome. People come at diagnosis, during or at the end of treatment, at recurrence or several years out of treatment. They all come to learn they are not alone in their fight--whether for physical, emotional or spiritual recovery. Together, they regain a sense of control over their lives and ultimately discover that hope is a valuable tool irrespective of the stage of disease.
One of our goals is to meet the needs of our diverse regional population by providing culturally appropriate programs and services in Spanish and Creole (via our Haitian Support Group). We have used this outreach model to shape our Pediatric Oncology Program as well. Thus, in addition to the CSCGM location, we host support groups for children and teens with cancer, as well as their loved ones, at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and Holtz Children's Hospital.
By partnering with hospitals and offsite locations throughout Dade County, we are able to host additional programs outside of CSCGM and directly reach the largest amount of people in need of our cancer support services.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The first step to participate in our programs is to make an appointment to attend an Introductory Meeting where you will learn about our FREE cancer support programs.
CLICK HERE FOR OUR ADULT PROGRAMS
CLICK HERE FOR CHILDREN & TEEN PROGRAMS
Click here for directions to Cancer Support Community Greater Miami.