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Support Groups and Healthy Living

Many cancer survivors find a renewed interest in living a healthy life. Fortunately, there are many resources that can help you to do that.

Support groups

The Wilmot Cancer Center hosts many support groups for survivors of various types of cancer. We can also help you to find other support groups that are available throughout the area.

Please refer to our support groups website for specific information about meeting locations and relevant phone numbers.

  • Adult Brain Tumor Network. Meets once a month, on a Monday, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Bladder Cancer Support Group. Meets every other month beginning January 2014.
  • Caregivers Group: Information and Support for Caregivers. Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Support Group. Meets once a month.
  • Gynecological Oncology Support Group. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Integrative Lecture Series. Holds lectures from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information on Integrative Oncology at Wilmot, click here
  • Oral Head and Neck Cancer. Meets first Thursday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Pluta Cancer Center Support Group. Please contact the facilitators for more information.
  • Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer – Rochester (SPOHNC). Meets first Thursday of the month (except July) from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Young Adult Survivor Connection Support Group. Meets 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Physical Fitness and Exercise

Lou iovoli Cancer Survivor

Regular physical activity can help cancer survivors in many ways, such as reducing fatigue, managing stress, losing weight and improving sleep quality.
ReNew is a cancer wellness and rehabilitation program at the Wilmot Cancer Center. It helps improve wellness throughout your whole cancer experience, but provides a special emphasis on post-treatment recovery.

Our fitness professionals are certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They will assess your current health and help you develop a plan based on your goals and needs.

To learn more about ReNew, visit their website or call (585) 273-3135.


Eating well can help you to recover from cancer and your cancer treatment. Good nutrition can also reduce the risk for certain diseases, while helping you to feel better and maintain a healthy weight.

If you have questions about nutrition, ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian, or call Wilmot to schedule a meeting with our full-time registered dietitian. For helpful information online, refer to the web site of the The American Institute for Cancer Research, an organization focused on diet and lifestyle as it pertains to cancer: Or visit

Tobacco Cessation

Having a tobacco habit is one of the biggest risk factors for many cancers. Still, beating a tobacco habit can be a major challenge—even for cancer survivors.

If you would like to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, there are many resources available that can help:

  • The Healthy Living Clinic at the University of Rochester Center for Community Health provides personalized smoking cessation counseling. Call (585) 530-2050 for more information.
  • The New York State Smokers’ Quitline has helped thousands of smokers in New York State to quit. Call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit
  • For further assistance, talk to your primary care physician or your oncology care team.

Integrative Oncology/Alternative Medicine

There are many alternative approaches that may help cancer survivors. These include acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, ayurveda, qigong, herbology, integrated energy therapy, naturopathy, myofascial release, holistic chiropractic and hypnosis.

If you are interested in any of these therapies, please talk to your primary care physician about the resources available in your area.


The Chaplaincy services at the Wilmot Cancer Center provide compassionate spiritual and emotional support to patients and families of all faiths. To contact a chaplain, call (585) 275-2187 or ask your oncology care team to help you in contacting them.

The Chapel is located on the first floor of Strong Memorial Hospital at the end of the South corridor. Follow the overhead orange tags. At the end of that hall there are signs directing you to the Interfaith Chapel.


The Wilmot Cancer Center has a Meditation Room located on the first floor next to the Patient & Family Resource Room. The University of Rochester Counseling Center also offers resources, techniques and reading materials on meditation.

Further information on meditation is available from these resources:

  • Rochester Zen Center
  • Healing with Awareness
  • White Lotus Buddhist Center
  • Amitabha Foundation


Restorative 15-minute chair massages are available several days a week at no charge to cancer patients. You may sign up at the Wilmot Cancer Center Information Desk or by calling (585) 276-4481.