There are both therapeutic and support services available to you during your stay. Your physician may suggest you supplement your proton therapy with another form of treatment such as chemotherapy. McLaren Proton Therapy Center is located at the McLaren Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer treatment facility focused on offering advanced internal and external radiation oncology therapies as well as medical oncology and hormone therapy services. McLaren Cancer Institute has several support services in place to assist you in your healing process beyond your prescribed course of treatment. We encourage you to engage in activities that reduce the stress and anxiety your may feel as a result of your cancer diagnosis, including nutritional counseling, art therapy, spiritual support, support groups, physical therapy, the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better Program. The medical social worker on staff also can offer additional resource information regarding financial concerns, counseling to assist with coping, community referrals, and coordination with medical staff. There is no additional charge for these services.
Patient Support Groups
Support groups can be a valuable source of empowerment, education and friendship when faced with a diagnosis of cancer. Support groups specific to certain cancers meet on a regular basis at McLaren
Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group
Meets the first Tuesday of month. No meetings during July and August.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at McLaren Flint’s Ballenger Auditorium.
Contact: (810) 342-3800
Breast Cancer Support Group
Meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McLaren Cancer Institute.
Contact: (810) 342-3800
Multiple Myeloma Support Group
Meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at McLaren Cancer Institute.
Contact: (810) 732-4738.
New Tomorrows Grief Education Support Group
Eight Week Series - Various Locations
Contact: Bereavement Office (810) 496-8625.
McLaren is further meeting patient needs with the development of a Hospitality House on the campus of the Proton Therapy Center. The Hospitality House is designed to provide a healing, caring and comfortable environment for adult and pediatric patients and their caregivers who are traveling long distances for proton therapy treatment, as well as to provide extended-stay housing at no or low cost. The Hospitality House will provide easy access for treatment, support services and other medical needs. It will also provide a full complement of activities, programs, quiet spaces and amenities to support healing and hope. There will be 30 guest rooms for patients and families, kitchen and dining facilities, activities rooms as well as an on-site RV park to accommodate four to five units. Click here to learn more