At the Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, we understand that healing is about more than just medicine. It's about achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We're proud to offer an array of support services to help you experienced true wellness. You can search for the dates of upcoming meetings or programs on our classes and events page.
This program matches a newly diagnose "fighter" with a "coach" who has completed treatment and can provide support, encouragement, tips, and practical information. Although they can share their experiences, coaches cannot provide medical advice. We do our best to match people based on cancer type, gender, age, and interests.
This service supports the needs of family members and loved ones who are caring for a person with cancer.
Community Support Groups
Dana's Circle is asupport group for children and teens whose families are affected by cancer. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the ACI.
FORCE stands for Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered. This support and advocacy program is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The Savannah network of FORCE provides support, education, and advocacy for people who carry mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
Greater Savannah Breast Cancer Support Group (Support B.R.A.S.)is for young adults with breast cancer. The meetings are open to breast cancer patients and their caregivers in the greater Savannah, Hilton Head, and coastal Georgia area. The meetings often feature a presentation followed by an open, informal discussion.
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group is for people with cancers of the head and neck and their caregivers. Each meeting includes a discussion with cancer treatment experts anda group discussion. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the ACI Teleconference Room.
Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Support Group
Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Support Group is for people with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma and their loved ones. The group meets at 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every other month in the ACI Teleconference Room.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Prostate Cancer Support Group meets on the second Wednesday of every other month at 6 p.m. in the ACI Teleconference Room for fellowship and discussion with other prostate cancer survivors and caregivers.
Join us once a quarter for educational programs that focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people with cancer. Topics include coping with chemotherapy, bone health, lymphedema, and nutrition.
Integrative Therapy Services
Acupuncture can help patients cope with treatment-relatedside effects such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and stress.
Art therapy includes journaling, decorating memory boxes, designing scarves, and various other therapeutic art projects. The program is offered through a partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the Healing and Education through Art initiative. Activities are offered at the patient bedside or in group settings.
Counseling services with a licensed clinical social worker are offered to help patients cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and life after cancer.
Harvest of Hope Retreat
Harvest of Hope Retreat is a free annual event that brings together cancer survivors of all ages and their families for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better is a program that teaches women how to overcome skin changes and hair loss due to cancer treatment. Licensed cosmetologists provide free makeovers, beauty tips, wigs, and turbans. This program is co-hosted by the American Cancer Society, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, and the National Cosmetology Association.
Massage therapy is offered twice a week for people receiving inpatient or outpatient cancer care. A licensed massage therapist provides gentle touch treatment to promote wellness and relaxation. Massage therapy is also offered regularly at Memorial Health FitnessOne for an additional charge.
Music therapy is offered several times a week. We partner with Savannah Philharmonicmusicians to provide live musical performances at Memorial Health. Patients and their families enjoy uplifting chamber music or solo performances.
Nutritional counseling is offered by a licensed dietitian specially certified in the nutritional needs of people receiving cancer treatment. Counseling is available Monday through Friday to help people eat well and fight the side effects of treatment.
Pain Management and Palliative Care
Pain management and palliative care services are offered to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life during treatment. We offer inpatient and outpatient assessments for issues such as pain, nausea, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and other treatment-related side effects.
Pet therapy is provided by certified pet therapy dogs that visit our facility twice a month. They offer plenty of hugs, kisses, and unconditional love for people with cancer and their families.
Reflexology provides stress relief and relaxation. It involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, ears, or face that correspond to organs or systems within the body. Reflexology aids in stress relief and promotes overall relaxation and well-being. This service is offered through our outpatient treatment area and Memorial Health FitnessOne. There is an additional charge for this service.
Strength for Survivors
Strength for Survivors is a program that enables cancer survivors to meet with a personal trainer who guides them through the recovery and healing process. The program includes massage, yoga, Pilates, strength training, cardiovascular conditioning, and stretching exercises.
Yoga classes are offered free of charge for cancer survivors and people receiving cancer treatment. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at FitnessOne on the third floor of the Memorial Health Outpatient and Wellness Center. The classes are aimed at meeting the needs of people with cancer, including expanding flexibility and balance and providing relaxation. The instructor received specialized training at OM Yoga Center in New York.
Oncology Interdisciplinary Care Coordination Team
This team consists of oncology professionals from the fields of nursing, clinical nutrition, and case management. Together, they develop new programs to further support the needs of people with cancer and their families. Our nurse navigators are a key component of our care teams. They meet with patients and caregivers to provide education and help patients overcome barriers in their treatment journey.
Oncology Social Workers
Oncology social workers are an integral part of the cancer care team. They help patients and families cope with the disease process. Social workers also help by arranging services such as home nursing care or home medical equipment, and by helping patients contact outside agencies for financial assistance when necessary. Throughout the treatment process, social workers are ready to assist with issues involving health insurance, transportation, and expenses associated with medications or household utility bills.
Palliative care is medical treatment to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve overall quality of life. During cancer treatment, palliative care can help ease pain, fatigue, nausea, and other symptoms. Palliative care is not the same as hospice care. While hospice care eases suffering during the end of life when other treatments are stopped, palliative care can be given along with regular treatment and with any prognosis.
Representatives from our patient and family centered care program are available to assist you whenever necessary. They serve as a liaison between patients and the hospital to ensure that patients are receiving the best possible care.
Pediatric Oncology Patient and Parent Support
POPPS provides education, emotional support, and interaction for young people with cancer and their families. Monthly activities include recreational outings, psychoeducational topics for caregivers, and support activities for caregivers. The group meets on the third Monday of the month.
Relief Parent Support Group
Relief parent support group is for parents who have a seriously ill child receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Social workers facilitate the group meeting and a child life specialist provides arts and crafts activities. The meetings serve as a distraction and break, and provide a safe place for parents to interact and support each other.
The cancer resource rooms are located in the Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute and are open to the community. The resource rooms include educational materials about cancer treatment, side effects, complementary therapies, and emotional health. The rooms also offer online access for further research.
Spiritual and religious services are provided by Memorial Health. We offer ministry, literature, and worship services in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Chaplains are available to talk with families about their cancer experience and offer prayer and spiritual counseling to those in need.
This phone line is for cancer patients who are having difficulty coping with their diagnosis, treatment, or other aspects of their illness. An oncology social worker is available to answer questions and provide support.