SARASOTA – MANTATEE – CHARLOTTE
AREA SUPPORT BY CANCER TYPE  (always call to verify times and dates):

JFCS= Jewish Family and Children’s Services Cancer Support and Wellness Programs

1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237 (Bahia Vista & Tuttle)
Call 941-366-2224- ext.167 or visit www.jfcs-cares.org.

SMH = Sarasota Memorial Hospital Programs

BLOOD:

  • Multiple Myeloma Support Group (JFCS):   Meets 4th Wednesday 1:30 to 3:00 at JFCS So. Tuttle location
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 1-800-955-4572 – call for local groups

BREAST:

  • Woman to Woman (SMH): Meets 3rd Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00pm (social time starts at 4:30) at 1921 Waldemere, Jacaranda Room (2nd floor). (941) 917-2636
  • Breast Cancer Networking (JFCS):  at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240.  Meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month 10-11:30.  
  • Venice Breast Cancer Networking (JFCS):  Meetings are on the third Monday of each month from 11 – 12 at the Venice Health Park – Suite 1217, 1201 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, FL.  (941)-408-9572
  • Advanced Stage Breast Cancer (JFCS): Meets 4th Tuesday 1:00 to 2:30 at JFCS -So.Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL.

KIDNEY:

  • Kidney Cancer Support Education meets on the 3rd Tuesday in Englewood.  Call Peggy at 941-697-1212 for more information.

LUNG:

  • Lung Cancer Support Group meets from 2:00 to 3:00 on the 2nd Tuesday at Bayfront Health in Punta Gorda, call Irene Gargiulo at 941-637-9575

MEN ONLY Group:

  • Men’s Support group (JFCS):  Meets at JFCS, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays  from 2:30 to 4:00.  

ORAL, NECK & HEAD:  

  • Support group at JFCS, 1050 So. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota on 1st Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:00

OSTOMY SUPPORT:

  • Sarasota Manatee Ostomy Support Group:  Meets at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Auditorium 5731 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233.  Call Bonnie at 941-423-8542 or visit www.sarateeostomy.org.
  • Charlotte County Ostomy Support Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 2:00 in Port Charlotte.  Call Jerry Downs at 941-629-7568.

PROSTATE:

  • Men to Men (SMH):  Meets monthly on 3rd or 4th Monday at Sarasota Memorial Auditorium.  Contact Ed Weinsberg 941-444-9790 or David Morse 941-356-0754
  • Men’s Support group (JFCS):  Meets at JFCS, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays  from 2:30  to 4:00.  
  • Us Too: meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 6:00pm at Doctors Hospital, 1st floor.  Call Steve Gordon 941-374-0990
  • Charlotte Prostate Support Group meets on the 3rd Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Fawcett Hospital H2U facility in Port Charlotte.  Call Ed Badenall 941-276-5198

THYROID:

  • The Sarasota-Manatee ThyCa group meets on the 2nd Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30 at the Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota.  Call Monique Pawlus 941-504-2454.

WOMEN ONLY Group:

  • Women’s Lunchtime Discussion Group (JFCS): meets on 1st Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:30 Brownbag lunch at JFCS So. Tuttle location
  • “Celebrate Life” meets at 10:00 on 1st Wednesday at the PGI Civic Association in Punta Gorda, FL.  For info, call Diane 941-575-7746

ALL CANCERS SUPPORT GROUPS:

Jewish Family and Children Services Programs (JFCS):  Weekly patient and caregiver support group on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 at the So. Tuttle location.  Plus many other cancer support and wellness programs in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice.  Visit www.jfcs-cares.org for Cancer Support Calendar to see all programs or call 941-366-2224 – ext. 167.

All Cancer Support Group in Spanish – Grupo de Apoyo (JFCS): Meets monthly on 2nd Wednesday 2:00-4:30 p.m.  at 3524 Tamiami Trail, Bldg. D, Ste. 201, Port Charlotte, FL 33952.   Facilitator: Brenda Gonzalez, LCSW Call 941- 661-3964 to register.

North Sarasota Group (JFCS):  Meets on the 2nd Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30pm at the North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234.  Light dinner provided and “Ask Dr. Lisa” session with Lisa Merritt, MD.  Call 941-366-2224 – ext. 167.

Blake Medical Center: Caring Friends Support Group – For cancer patients, families, and friends coping with cancer and treatment. The group meets every Wednesday at Blake Medical Center in the Cancer Resource Room from 5:30-6:30 pm. For information, call (941) 798-6572.

Florida Home Health:  Cancer Care Support Group – Free dinner and guest speakers.  Monthly on 1st Thursday from 4:00pm -6:00pm  at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, FL 34210 .  Call JoJo to register (941) 920-5084

First United Methodist Church offers a faith based support group on the 1st Wednesday at 6:30pm in Punta Gorda, FL.  Call Jane or Brian Sheppard 941-575-4647.

Fawcett Memorial Hospital Cancer Support Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 11:30 to 1:00 at H2U in the Promenades Mall at 3280 Tamiami Trail, #493, Port Charlotte. Cancer patients and family members or friends are encouraged to attend. For questions, contact patient navigators, Dianna Donnelly or Anne Marie Mello at 941-624-8318.