St. Vincent’s Bruno Cancer Center provides comprehensive support services to help patients focus their energy on combating their disease. Designed to improve outcomes and survivorship, these services address a complex range of medical, social, and emotional needs. Resources are available to patients and their families and include ongoing cancer support groups, access to our patient navigator, nutrition counseling, lifestyle changes, and camps for survivors.
General Cancer Support Group
Cancer patients, survivors and their families are invited to attend a cancer support group meeting, which meets the first Tuesday of every month in the Bruno Conference Center from 12noon- 1:30pm.
Breast Cancer Support Group
This group provides education and support for those living with breast cancer and the significant people in their lives. Participants are encouraged to attend at any point in the diagnosis and treatment journey. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Bruno Conference Center from 12noon- 1:30pm.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
If you're a man living with prostate cancer, it's important to know that you're not alone in your fight. Participants learn and share information about prostate cancer, side effects, treatment, and coping strategies. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month in the Cancer Center from 12noon- 1:30pm.
- Support for People with Oral and Head & Neck Cancer Support Group (SPOHNC)
St. Vincent’s Birmingham is proud to be the first in the state to have this type of program to support people with oral and head and neck cancer. Topics for the meeting include nutrition support, staying active, dental and oral hygiene, speech pathology, managing fatigue and other side effects of treatment, etc. that are very specific to oral, head and neck cancer patients. The group meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Bruno Conference Center from 12noon- 1:30pm.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Support Group
St. Vincent’s Birmingham partners with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to provide support for people with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month in the Bruno Cancer Center from 12noon-1:30pm.
Caregiver Support Group
The challenges of caring for a loved one with cancer can often result in the caregiver ignoring their own physical and emotional health. This group allows caregivers to share their experiences, exchange information, discuss how to manage fatigue and stress, and find available resources specific for those diagnosed with cancer. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month in the Cancer Center from 12noon- 1:30pm.
Bereavement Support Group
It is not easy to understand or accept the loss of a loved one. Many emotions surface which take time to sort out, to understand, and finally to resolve. By sharing with others, you will learn that you are experiencing natural and normal grief responses. This bereavement support group provides insights about the grief process and what you might expect to happen during your period of adjustment. The group meets the first Monday of every month at 10:00am in the Bruno Cancer Center.
Camp Bluebird offers recreation, relaxation, crafts, activities, and the opportunity to openly discuss the experiences and emotions associated with cancer with other survivors. Camp Bluebird is open to adults, ages 18 or older, who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. Surrounded by woods, mountains, lakes and streams, away from the problems and interruptions of everyday life, survivors can rest their burdens, gaining inspiration from the beautiful peace of the natural setting. The camp is generally held in the spring and fall.
For more information or to RSVP for a meeting, call 205.930.2217