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Helping the Cancer Caregivers

In addition to services for cancer patients and survivors, the ProMedica Cancer Institute offers programs to their friends and families. These services are designed around the philosophy that a supportive cancer medical team and supportive family network are the most effective ways to overcome cancer.

Increasingly, family caregivers re working closely with the cancer care team and have an important ongoing role in improving the patient’s health and quality of life. Caregiving includes everyday tasks such as helping the patient with medicines, doctor visits, meals, schedules and health insurance matters. Giving also means providing emotional and spiritual support, such as helping with feelings and making hard decisions.

Friends and families also need to know about national cancer support organizations and resources. The ProMedica Cancer Institute partners with many of these leading organizations and causes, including the American Cancer Society, Karmanos Cancer Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the National Cancer Institute. The For Families section introduces you to these and other additional resources.


Choosing Hope and Moving Past Sadness (CHAMPS) help children ages six and up and their parents (or guardians) cope with a loved one’s cancer. The program has two formats: a three-day summer day camp or monthly evening sessions (offered March through December). CHAMPS offers a chance to interact with peers, a safe place for self-expression and resources to alleviate cancer fears.

Learn more about the CHAMPS program

Classes & Events

Whether you are a cancer patient, cancer survivor, caregiver or just seeking more information, ProMedica offers classes and events for you. Use our online calendar to find the program you need, and then follow the instructions to register if required.

Look up, enroll in upcoming classes

Showing Support Online

CaringBridge makes it easy to set up free web sites for patients. You can update family and friends online so everyone has accurate information about your cancer journey. In turn, they can send the patient love and encouragement during this emotionally challenging time.

Learn more about CaringBridge

Cancer Toolkit

Use the tools below to prevent, treat and get support for cancer.

Friends for Life Newsletter

Becoming a Friends for Life member is quick and easy. Just fill out the form below with a few details about yourself. Look for your newsletter around the 11th of each month.

Sign up for the Friends for Life Newsletter

Connect with Us on Facebook

If you would like to connect to other people – just like you – undergoing treatment for cancer, connect with us on Facebook. Here, we hope that you will share your story and find other patients to connect with.

"Like" the ProMedica Cancer page on Facebook

Cancer Events

View a list below of cancer events, including survivor celebrations and screenings, which are offered at locations throughout ProMedica.

View cancer events