Cancer Support Programs

Cancer support and survivorship programs

Our team at Prisma Health Cancer Centers offers and refers our patients to a variety of support programs and services in the community that provide resources for recovery and emotional healing for patients undergoing treatment.

  • Bosom Buddies – Breast cancer support group meets the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30–7 p.m. at Prisma Health Baptist, 1501 Sumter Street, Breast Center building, ground level. Call 803-296-8575 for more information.
  • Cancer Resource Room – Patients and their families can browse through the reference books or take some free brochures to learn about cancer, how to treat cancer and tips for caregivers. Internet access is provided for additional information. The Duby Thompson Cancer Resource Rooms are located on the adult inpatient oncology unit.
  •  Healing Icons – a hands-on program for creative expression designed to facilitate art as healing for adult cancer survivors.  From surviving to thriving, those who are journeying through the path of cancer need more than medicine to heal. For information, visit Healing Icons online.
  • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA of Columbia - The YMCA of Columbia and the LIVESTRONG® Foundation have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. To register and for more information, call 803-799-7159 or visit the Columbia YMCA or LIVESTRONG Foundation.
  • Look Good, Feel Better – An American Cancer Society program for women undergoing cancer treatment. Cosmetology professionals help with make up and skin care plus demonstrate fashion techniques with hats, scarves, turbans and wigs. Prisma Health and other organizations host the program in the midlands. To register, call American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
  • Lung Cancer Support Group – The Breathe Easier Club offers fellowship, education and friendship to patients, survivors, family members and friends who have been affected by a lung cancer diagnosis. Meetings are at Leeza’s Care Connection, 201 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210, on the first Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m –1 p.m. A complimentary lunch is provided. Call Tamara at 803-777-9736, or email BE@sc.edu for more information.
  • MARYS – Meeting And Reviving Your Spirit – African-American breast cancer patients and survivors meet the third Tuesday of the month, 11:35 a.m.–1:15 p.m. at Celia Saxon Health Center, 2133 Solomon Walker Way. For more information, please call us at 803-296-3070. To download the MARYS brochure, click here.
  • Nurse Navigators are educators for patients who are diagnosed with cancer. Registered Nurse Navigators support patients and their families by navigating them through treatment and connecting with community resources. 
Spiritual care

Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support or connect patients and their families with a minister, rabbi, priest or faith-group leader. The chapels at both campuses are open 24 hours a day for prayer and meditation.

  • Call (803) 434-7555 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital for more information.
  • Call (803) 296-5455 at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital for more information.
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