Support Groups

The Regional Cancer Center offers monthly support groups that are designed to support and educate patients and families. The support groups offer information on their cancer diagnoses, treatments, ways to manage side effects/complications of treatment, as well as emotional support.

There is no fee to attend any of our support groups, but seating is limited. It is best to contact the group facilitator.

View complete list of support groups (pdf).


Abdominal Pre-Operative Class for the Oncology Patient

This class is designed for the oncology surgical patient. An opportunity to learn how to prepare yourself for abdominal surgery, what to expect during the hospital stay and upon discharge, what to anticipate in the weeks following surgery, and what you can do to reduce post-surgical risks.

Abdominal Pre-Operative Class for the Oncology Patients meets 1 - 3 p.m. every Wednesday of the month at the Regional Cancer Center-Specialty Clinic, Suite 302. Registration is required : Contact Bobbi Marino, BSN, RN, OCN at 239-343-9502 or email Bobbi.Marino@LeeHealth.org for additional information.

Bladder Cancer Support Group

Bladder Cancer Support Group meets 3 - 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Regional Cancer Center. Please call group facilitator Karen Godfrey, BCAN Volunteer Advocate at 239-992-4809 or e-mail kgod@comcast.net for additional information.

Brain Tumor Support Group

Brain Tumor Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Lee Memorial Hospital, 6 North Patient Lounge & Library. Group is facilitated by Jasminet Pathak, LCSW. You can reach Jasminet at 239-343-3188 to learn more.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Breast Cancer Support Group meets first Monday of each month, in the 4th floor conference room at the Regional Cancer Center. 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Breast Cancer Support Group is facilitated by Patricia Tirone a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For more information, please contact Patricia Tirone at 239-343-9549 or email Patricia.Tirone@LeeHealth.org.

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Cancer Nutrition Seminar

Free ongoing monthly seminar for oncology patients, survivors and caregivers.

Cancer Nutrition Seminar meets 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Regional Cancer Center. Different topics discussed each month. Registration is required at RCC Event Line. Contact Taylor Lawless at 239-343-9511 or taylor.lawless@leememorial.org to register.

Colorectal Cancer Support Group

Colorectal Cancer Support Group meets 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month at the Gulf Coast Medical Center, Women's Services Entrance, 1st Floor, room ACR#2. Please contact Larry Mickley at 239-454-3308 or mickty1@aol.com to learn more.

Gastro-Esophageal Cancer Support Group

Share support with others fighting Gastro-Esophageal Cancer. Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Regional Cancer Center – Meditation Room (1st Floor). Contact Bobbi Marino, BSN, RN, OCN at 239-343-9502 or email Bobbi.Marino@LeeHealth.org for additional information.

General Cancer Support Group

General Cancer Support Group (sponsored by C.A.R.E.) meets weekly 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Villas Civic Association, 2306 Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Myers, 33907. Please contact Pat Noe at 239-938-9303 to learn more.

GYN Oncology Support Group

Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who along with group members will address concerns, worries & share practical information for gynecologic cancers.

GYN Oncology Support Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Regional Cancer Center – 4th Floor Conference Room. Please contact Pat Noe at 239-938-9303 to learn more.

Hispanic C.A.RE. Support Group

Providing Bilingual Support to patients and their caregivers.

Hispanic C.A.RE. Support Group meets second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Specialists in Urology Building (2nd floor), 4571 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33966. Facilitators are Dr. MAria De Laufer & Carmen Rey-Gomez, M.S.W. For more information call 239-936-3756 or 1-888-850-1622.

Lung Cancer Support Group

Lung Cancer Support Group meets monthly at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Fort Myers Public Library Annex Building - 2450 First Street, Ft. Myers, Florida 33901. For more information and dates, please contact Melissa Crouse at Melissacrouse6005@comcast.net

Mastectomy Pre-Operative Education Class

Mastectomy Pre-Operative Education Class meets 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday of each month at the Regional Cancer Center, Specialty Clinic, Suite 302. Hands on training and information regarding your upcoming mastectomy. Registration is required at 239-343-9500.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Hope Hospice in Fort Myers. For more information, please call Joanie Borbely at 860-655-7107 or jborbely@myeloma.org.

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Outpatient Rehabilitation. Please inquire at the front desk for an exact location, as it is subject to change. For more information, please call Stacey Brill at 239-343-1645 or sbrill@leememorial.org.

Pancreatic & Biliary Cancer Support Group

This support group is ideal for patients & caregivers in a designated place & time to learn, share & support others that are fighting these cancers. This is an opportunity to hear from occasional guest speakers on ways to improve your quality of life and coping skills.

Meets 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Regional Cancer Center - 4th Floor Conference Room. Contact Bobbi Marino, BSN, RN, OCN at 239-343-9502 or email Bobbi.Marino@LeeHealth.org for additional information.

Quit Smoking Now

Quit Smoking Now Free program facilitated by trained Tobacco Cessation Specialists who provide knowledge, resources and support for success. Free nicotine replacement therapy, patches, gum, lozenges.

Meets 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on every Thursday of the month at the Regional Cancer Center – Meditation Room -1st Floor. Registration is required at 1-877-819-2357. For questions contact Cathy Pickett HIVEducation@aol.com.

Thyroid Cancer Support Group

Thyroid Cancer Support Group meets 10:30 - 12:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the Lakes Regional Library in Fort Myers. Please phone to confirm with Sally Fontaine at 239-590-0797 or tatanfeather@comcast.net


Classes Offered

Gentle Exercise Classes @ the Regional Cancer Center

Classes are designed to work with individuals who are receiving treatment or have had surgery and are not yet able to do cardio exercises.

Gentle Exercise Classes meets weekly from 11:00 a.m. - noon. each Monday at Regional Cancer Center – 4th Floor Conference Room. Cost of class is $5.00/each. Registration is required. Please contact 239-343-9503 to learn more.

Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes - $5 per class for cancer patients and primary care givers, $10 per class for the general public. Class meets every Wednesday 10 - 11:00 a.m. at the Regional Cancer Center 4th floor conference room. Please bring your own towel / blanket. Registration is required at 239-343-9503.