St. Joseph's Cancer Institute's free, confidential information line is staffed by a nationally certified oncology nurse. Cancer patients and their family members can contact the Cancer HelpLine to get reliable answers about cancer treatment and support services. In addition, callers can receive referrals to physicians, as well as to community and hospital services.
Cancer HelpLine also coordinates cancer education and support services for patients and their families. This program provides free and low-cost community cancer screenings, and encourages prevention and early detection.
To contact the Cancer HelpLine, please call (800)-882-4123 or (813) 870-4123.
The St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute coordinates or participates in a variety of support groups to help patients and families cope with cancer or the loss of a loved one.
OVACOME - Ovarian Cancer Support Group
A free monthly support group for ovarian and gynecologic cancer patients, survivors and family members. Guest speakers will present information on a variety of topics and educational information is also provided. Please call (813) 443-3097 to register.
Tampa Bay Breast Cancer Support Group
This free support group provides education information and friendship. Hear guest speakers on various topics each month. Meets 2nd Thursday each month in St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Arts Building Auditorium from 6:30-8pm. For more information, verify location or time call (813) 443-2047.
St. Joseph's Cancer Institute offers additional support programs to help cancer patients feel better both mentally and physically.
Look Good…Feel Better
A free American Cancer Society support program for women before, during and after cancer treatment, to teach patients beauty techniques to help reduce the appearance of treatment-related side effects.
When: Meets twice a month from 10am-noon or 6-8pm. Call for dates.
Where: St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute, First Floor Conference Room
3003 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa
Reservations required – Please call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-9954 to R.S.V.P. Make-up is ordered specifically for each participant based on skin type/color.
Your Health and The Arts
The Expressive Arts can help decrease stress and improve relaxation for better health in a FUN atmosphere with different forms of art (collage, music, movement, paint, & more). Art helps patients cope with side effects of treatment such as anxiety, nausea, pain, and fatigue. We are ALL creative! The focus is on the process, not the end product.
- All materials provided free for this program
- Content and type of art vary with each class
- No art experience required
- Class taught by cancer survivors from Creative Solutions Florida
Enable Your Health: Cancer Exercise Program
Exercise can reduce feelings of pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Exercise has been shown to help patients improve sleeping patterns and increase energy levels. Not only will exercise increase your physical ability, but it can improve your overall quality of life! This free class will incorporate low-impact cardiovascular training, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility exercises for all levels of fitness in a safe environment. The class is taught by Courtney Ward, B.S. Kinesiology: Exercise Science, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Specialist at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Department. Remember to bring your exercise mat, water, and a towel.
Yoga incorporates stress reduction techniques, including regulated breathing, visual imagery, meditation and various stretching postures to help improve strength, flexibility and balance. Mentally, yoga calms and quiets the mind, reduces anxiety and improves concentration and focus. Research suggests that stress reduction programs tailored to the treatment of cancer may help patients cope with the acute effects of treatment and improve quality of life during and after treatment.
This is a free program for cancer survivors. However, any person with a chronic illness may attend. Classes are taught by Marcy Biller, registered yoga instructor and occupational therapist at St. Joseph's Hospital and Lymphedema therapist. Remember to bring your yoga mat, water and a towel to class.