Support Services

  • At the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center, 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.

    Caregiver Support

    This service supports the needs of family members and loved ones who are caring for a person with cancer. Each month, we partner with the Steward Center for Palliative Care to provide programs that nurture caregivers, share resources, and offer emotional support. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Community Support Groups

    Connect 4 Kids is for children who have a loved one with a serious medical condition. The group includes interactive fun activities to help children express their emotions. For more information, please call 912-350-7845.  

    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. For more information, visit facingourrisk.org.

    Gynecological Cancers Support Group is for gynecological cancer survivors and their loved ones. They share their experiences with cervical, ovarian, uterine, and endometrial cancer. The group meets once per quarter on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    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 and a group discussion. The group meets once per quarter on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Legacy Group is for individuals with recurrent and advanced cancers. The group meets every other month to provide resources and peer support. Each meeting has a specific topic and some fun activities. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma Support Group is for people with leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma and their loved ones. The group meets at the Summit Cancer Care office in the Anderson Cancer Institute the second Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Pancreatic Cancer Support Group is for people who have pancreatic cancer and their loved ones. The group meets once a month to discuss concerns specific to pancreatic cancer. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Young Survival Coalition 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 an expert presentation followed by an open, informal discussion. For more information, call 912-897-3933.

    Educational Programs

    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. For information on the next program, call 912-350-7845.

    Integrative Therapy Services

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    Acupuncture can help patients cope with treatment-related side effects such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and stress. For more information on our acupuncture services, please call 912-350-7845.

    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. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    Counseling services with a licensed clinical social worker are offered to help patients cope with their diagnosis, treatment, and life after cancer. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    art therapy ACIHarvest 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. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    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. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    massage therapy ACIMassage 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 FitnessOne at Memorial Health for an additional charge. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    music therapy ACIMusic therapy is offered several times a week. We partner with Savannah Philharmonic musicians to provide live musical performances at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute. Patients and their families enjoy uplifting chamber music or solo performances. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    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. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    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. The services are offered through a partnership with the Steward Center for Palliative Care. Interventional pain management services are also available. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    pet therapy ACIPet 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. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    reflexology ACIReflexology 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 FitnessOne at Memorial Health. There is an additional charge for this service. For more information, call 912-350-7845.

    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. Learn more.

    yoga ACIYoga classes are offered free of charge for cancer survivors and people receiving cancer treatment. Classes are held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and every Thursday at 12:45 p.m. in FitnessOne on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine at Memorial Health. 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. For more information about our nurse navigators, call 912-350-8874. To offer suggestions for the care coordination team, please call 912-350-7845.

    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. Call 912-350-3109 for more information.

    Patient Advocacy

    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. To reach patient and family centered care, call 912-350-8581.

    Pediatric Services (Offered by The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center)

    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. For more information, call 912-350-5616.

    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. For more information or to reserve your space, call 912-350-5616.

    Resource Rooms

    The cancer resource rooms are located in the lobby of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center 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 Care

    Spiritual and religious services are provided by Memorial's Department of Spiritual and Religious Care. 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. To speak with a chaplain, call 912-350-8335.

    Support Line

    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. Call 912-350-7845 for assistance.

    Survivorship Lecture Series

    After cancer treatment, many patients have concerns about their physical, social, psychological, and spiritual health. This lecture series helps create building blocks for healthy survivorship and long-term healing. The lectures are free and are held in the ACI's teleconference room. For more information or to register, call Jennifer Currin-McCulloch at 912-350-7845 or email CurriJe1@memorialhealth.com

    2014 Lectures

    • Integrative Therapies: How to Overcome Pain the Natural Way, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 5
    • Returning to Work After Cancer, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, August 7
    • Cooking Class for Cancer Survivors, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 2
    • Conquering Chemo Brain: Tips for Retraining Your Brain, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, December 4