SARASOTA – MANATEE – 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)
MMHS= Manatee Memorial Hospital Programs
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 2nd Saturday of each month 10-11:30.  Call 941-366-2224 – ext 167.
  • Venice Breast Cancer Networking (JFCS):  Meets on the third Monday of each month from 11 – 12 at the Venice Health Park, Lions Community Room, 1289 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice, FL.  (941)-408-9572
  • Breast Cancer Networking (JFCS): Meets 4th Tuesday 1:00 to 2:30 at JFCS -1050 So.Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL. Call Bambi Furtado at 941-366-2224 – ext 167.
  • Bradenton Breast Cancer Support (MMHS):  Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Services Center Lobby, 250 Second St. E., next to Manatee Memorial Hospital. Call Jenny Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, Breast Navigator at (941) 745-6997

KIDNEY:

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

 

LUNG:

  • North Port Lung Cancer Support Group meets 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2:00 PM – 3:00PM at the Sarasota Memorial ER, 2345 Bobcat Village Center Rd, North Port, FL 34288.  Contact Marc Cohen at (941) 240-8989 or email marcscohen@aol.com
  • Lung Cancer Support Group meets from 2:00 to 3:00 on the 2nd Tuesday at Bayfront Health, 713 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Call Irene Gargiulo at 941-637-9575 or email icgarg@embarqmail.com.

 

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 Betty Burris at 941-580-6259 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 Health Connections on 1st floor.  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.  Contact Lisa Torres at manasota-fl@thyca.org.  www.thyca.org/sg/fl_manasota/

MEN ONLY Group (any cancer):

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

 

WOMEN ONLY Group (any cancer):

  • “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:

Veterans/Sarasota VA Community Clinic: Weekly support group for all Veterans on Mondays from 12:30 to 2:00 at 5682 Bee Ridge Road, 2nd floor Conf Room.  Call Jennifer Feeney, LCSW at 941-371-3349 – ext. 22952

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 the 7th Day Adventist Church, 2036 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.   Facilitator: Brenda Gonzalez, LCSW. Email: BrendaGonzalez.lcsw@comcast.net or call 941-366-2224, ext. 167 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 Dolphin/Pelican 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 Smith to register (941) 920-5084

Fawcett Memorial Hospital Cancer Support Group meets on the last Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30 at H2U in the Promenades Mall at 3280 Tamiami Trail, #493, Port Charlotte. Cancer patients and family members or friends are encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided, RSVP required.  Contact patient navigator Diana Donnelly at 941-624-8318.

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.

Courage Over Cancer at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church offers support and ministry to men, women, and families who are affected by cancer.  Contact the church at 941-697-1747 or GulfCoveUMC@centurylink.net.  Address is 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte.  

 

OTHER:

American Cancer Society – 800-227-2345 or www.cancer.org
   Personal Health Manager Kits available specifically for this cancer, as well as basic cancer versions.
Resource Room with wigs and more at 2970 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243.  Information, ride and lodging assistance, Reach to Recovery local breast cancer peer support and a 24/7 support line.

www.LookGoodFeelBetter.orgMonthly programs at Sarasota American Cancer Society office offers wigs, hats and skincare advice during treatment, call 1-866-739-5288 to register.

Sarasota Memorial Cancer Information Office at 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, 1st floor or call 941-917-1981 to learn about upcoming screenings, education events or for help researching the latest in cancer care.

www.TeamTony.org – Find local one-on-one peer support for all cancers. Activities like weekly Cancer Connection Walk & Talks in Sarasota.