Healing Through Art
Art therapy is a psycho-social practice based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression can help individuals of all ages improve and enhance their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Art therapy can help support healing by decreasing pain and anxiety, promoting relaxation, improving quality of life, assisting in rehabilitation and more. We welcome patients, family members, and caregivers who are affected by cancer to express themselves through a variety of media including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. All sessions are led by an Art Therapist who helps individuals learn to use art as an alternative mode of communication, personal exploration, and self-expression. We offer participants individual, open studio, or group art therapy sessions.
An ancient Japanese technique that taps into Universal Life Force Energy to bring you
deep relaxation, peace, and healing. This positive, healing energy flows from the
practitioner’s hands directly to you.
A light-touch therapy that works with the Central Nervous System to
locate and release energy blockages and restrictions, engaging your body’s own healing mechanism and creating more balance.
A method of working the reflexes of the feet to access and soothe
corresponding organs and body parts, increasing circulation and helping to rid the body of
Gentle Therapeutic Massage
A light massage that gently manipulates the soft tissues to
release muscle tension and pain, ease anxiety, increase circulation, and help improve body
AROMATHERAPY is available for each session if desired.
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Inside the Wig Salon, 1st floor of the Egil and Pauline Braathen Center. For more information and to schedule an appointment call 954-659-5840.
Genetics and Cancer Registry
Family history is your road map to wellness. Genetic counseling emphasizes treatment centered around your unique genetic profile and other cancer risk assessments. Progress in genomics will focus on unleashing the potential to target the right tumors with the right therapies.
The Cancer Registry plays an integral role in the success of Cleveland Clinic Florida Cancer Program, providing data management services to meet mandatory state cancer reporting requirements, as well as those of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Cancer Registry maintains data on all cancer patients and the data is made available to the medical staff for special studies, audits and research.
Nutritional counselors analyze your health needs in regard to diet and exercise and help you set achievable health goals as you manage your disease. Nutritional counseling can help you:
- Increase energy
- Reduce symptoms of disease
- Strengthen your immune system
- Improve quality of sleep
Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team. A dietitian will work with you and your physicians to address your dietary needs during treatment, and prevent malnutrition if there are times of prolonged sickness.
Patient Resource and Education Center
Our Patient Resource and Education Center at the Maroone Cancer Center provides patients and their friends and families information and resources about cancer, including:
- Pamphlets and informational brochures
- Computer terminals that can be used for conducting internet searches
- WiFi access for laptops, smartphones and tablets
- Conference area where you can sit with a nurse and ask questions
- Listings and registrations for support groups and other patient programs
- Listings of resources such as wigs, transportation, and lodging
The Patient Resource and Education Center at is open to help you obtain cancer information from
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Kline Family Studio
The Kline Family Studio offers complimentary wigs to Cleveland Clinic Florida patients being treated for cancer. The Kline Family Studio is a welcomed addition to our patient services. Other items available for purchase include motivational books, candles, scarfs and wellness items.
American Cancer Society Participation
Cleveland Clinic Florida continues to play an active role in supporting the American Cancer Society’s community outreach efforts to raise awareness about cancer prevention, research, education and support services.
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Smoking Cessation Program uses the S.M.A.R.T. Quit approach to help patients overcome nicotine addiction. The S.M.A.R.T. approach is as follows: Strategy: Develop a program tailored for each patient’s success. Motivation: Encourage patients to make a pact with themselves to keep trying. Awareness: Teach patients about nicotine addiction, withdrawal and triggers. Reasons: Help patients compare pros and cons and identify their top reasons to quit. Tobacco-Free Life: Help patients set a date; then commit to living without tobacco.
Social Work Services
Social Work Services at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida has a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Breast Patient Navigator to help patients access services and support, facilitate support groups and access care.
A social worker is trained to help reduce social and emotional (psychosocial) concerns, by providing services to patients, families and care partners facing the impact of their cancer diagnosis. Social workers are an integral part of the healthcare team. Our clinical social worker and breast patient navigator are part of your care team and collaborate with specialists in the development of your treatment plan.
Social work services can provide assistance and access to the following:
- Individual, family and group counseling to help with coping and adjusting to lifestyle changes.
- Referrals to community and national organizations.
- Assistance with governmental agencies and programs that help people with disabilities, including the Social Security Administration and Medicare
- Cancer Support Organizations
- Support Groups
- Financial assistance programs and referrals to a financial counselor
- Employment and disability benefits
- Assistance for help at home if indicated by your physicians
For more information or assistance from Social Work Services , call 954.659.5604
Patient and family support groups allow people facing cancer and their families to share experiences and concerns with others facing the disease. Ongoing cancer support groups include the following:
Breast Cancer Book Club
A book club for breast cancer patients meets every other month on the second Wednesday of the Month.
Location: Egil and Pauline Braathen Center, Arth Therapy Room
Time: 5:30 p.m.
For book information, call Cara Kondaki, LCSW 954.659.5604
4th Angel: Patient Mentor Program
Look Good Feel Better
This program is sponsored by the Scott Hamilton Cares Initiative and matches cancer patients with a mentor who provides one-on-one support over the phone or via e-mail. A caregiver support program is also available.
For more information, call locally at 954.659.5604 or toll-free 800.440.4140 ext. 58734.
This is a free program that teaches people in active cancer treatment ways to deal with appearance-related side effects. It is offered by the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.
Location: Jagelman Conference Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Time: 3:00 p.m.
For more information on the Look Good Feel Better program, call toll-free 800.227.2345.
Caregiver Support Group
Aloesea Caregiver Program in partnership with Hospice by the Sea. A support group for all caregivers meets the third Tuesday of every month.
Location: Egil and Pauline Braathen Center, 2nd floor conference room.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
For more information, call Cara Kondaki, LCSW at 954.659.5604.
"I Can Cope" - Eat Right to Fight Class
Eat Right to Fight Right class is an educational program for people with cancer focused on nutrition. The class is held the fourth Thursday of every Month.
Location: Egil and Pauline Braathen Center, 2nd floor conference room
Time: 10:00 a.m.
To register contact Amanda Amigo, RD at 954.6595000 or email@example.com.
Healing Through Art Support Groups
For specific Art Therapy support groups, please contact Marie Doll, Art Therapist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivorship and Support Group Programs
Cleveland Clinic Florida's Maroone Cancer Center offers access to groups and programs to help patients and family members deal with the variety of physical and emotional issues that may arise during cancer treatment.