Support Groups in Florida

Get your Lung Cancer Support Group listed on our map here by contacting us: info@LCRCinc.org

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Online Support Groups

  • Lungevity – viewable by anyone, members can post and answer posts, lung cancer specific community
  • Inspire – sign up for a free membership to participate, all types of cancers
  • Cancer Resource Network – access community resources for persons dealing with cancer

The Value of a Support Group

About Lung Cancer Specific Support Groups and Non-specific Cancer Support Groups:

I am a woman and a 9-year lung cancer survivor. I attend an in-person Lung Cancer Support Group. I also attend a local women’s support group, “Celebrate Life” which is not lung cancer specific. Both are helpful to me, yet in different ways.

As a woman I find being around other women survivors is healing and I draw strength from their testimonies. It is like a sisterhood, we are of the same heart not just the same species.

Because of the stigma towards lung cancer (many people think that the victim either deserves or brought the cancer upon themselves) – both I and my caregiver needed a support group specific to lung cancer as well. I also needed a venue to fight lung cancer!

Other cancers typically elicit the reaction, “Oh my, I am so sorry – how can we help?” However, when a caregiver tells someone their loved one has lung cancer, 99% of the time that statement is met with, “Oh, did he (or she) smoke?” That statement shrivels the soul, perhaps unintentionally, and is rude and cruel. For this reason, Lung Cancer Support Groups are open to the caregiver also!

Lung Cancer statistics are frightening, as historically so little has been done. Only in the past few years are we seeing more survivors, thanks to the CT scan and incidental findings. 160,000 deaths from lung cancer a year in America is a horrifying statistic to face by yourself. We hope this will change with the new CT scan guidelines and Medicare coverage.

At our lung cancer support group-

  • We share information dealing with lung cancer
  • We share our experiences dealing with lung cancer
  • We discuss new research in lung cancer
  • We advocate for lung cancer

I would like to see Lung Cancer Support Groups all over the State of Florida. If you do not have access to an in-person lung cancer group, there are many on line groups and I would suggest finding an in-person cancer survivor group to attend as well, even if it is not lung cancer specific. We need human contact with others who have a shared interest!

By guest editor Irene Garguilo

Local Cancer Support Groups

(If you would like to be listed here, please contact us. This listing is posted by the LCRC, Inc. organization as a public service only. Questions concerning the specific groups should be addressed to the group contact, not to LCRC, Inc.)

General Cancer – Punta Gorda Ladies’ Support Group

Celebrate Life: Ladies’ Cancer Support Group
1st Wednesday of every month
10 a.m.

Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
2001 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Further information:
Contact Diane Mebey:
941-575-7746
Contact Sara Benson:
941-575-6765
saraben918@earthlink.net
http://www.pgica.org/clubs/celebrateLife.htm

Lung Cancer – North Port

3rd Wednesday of every month
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room
Toledo Blade Blvd.

Further information:
Contact Marc
941-240-8989
marcscohen@aol.com

Lung Cancer – Punta Gorda

2nd Tuesday of every month
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Bayfront Punta Gorda Hospital
Medical Office Bldg. 4th floor
713 E. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Further information:
Contact Irene
941-637-9575
icgarg@embarqmail.com

General Cancer – Port Charlotte (Hablemos Español)

2nd Wednesday of every month
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Fawcett Hospital
3524 Tamiami Trail,
Port Charlotte, FL

Further information:
Contact Brenda Gonzalez, LCSW
941-661-3964
http://www.jfcs-cares.org/

General Cancer – Venice

Every Monday
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Enrichment Center, 2nd Floor
Jacaranda Place
3600 William Penn Way
Venice, FL  34293

Further information:
Contact Julie O’Brien, LMHC
941-366-2224-ext 167
www.jfcs-cares.org

General Cancer – Englewood

4th Tuesday of every month
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Englewood Community Hospital
Suncoast Auditorium
779 Medical Blvd
Englewood, FL  34223

Further information:
Englewood Area Cancer Foundation 
https://www.facebook.com/EnglewoodAreaCancerFoundation/

General Cancer – North Sarasota

2nd Tuesday of Every Month
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

North Sarasota Library
CFBH Cancer & Stress Reduction
2801 Newton Blvd
Sarasota, FL

Further information:
941-366-2224-ext 167
www.jfcs-cares.org