Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

One Team, Rallying Against Breast Cancer

Mammograms are your first line of defense against breast cancer. Cleveland Clinic provides numerous locations across Florida to receive your mammogram.

If you find you need further evaluation or treatment, Cleveland Clinic’s team has your back. Our dedicated medical breast specialists, breast surgeons, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, pathologists, geneticists, nurses and other caregivers work tirelessly to offer you compassionate support and personalized, state-of-the-art care.

Mammogram Locations

Schedule your mammogram in advance at any of our conveniently located sites listed below:

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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer results when abnormal cells in the breast tissue, ducts, or glands begin to grow and divide out of control, forming a malignant (cancerous) tumor. If untreated, the malignant tumor cells can grow into the tissue surrounding the breast and can travel through the body’s lymphatic system to other organs in the body.

Recognized for its state-of-the-art treatment capabilities, Cleveland Clinic Florida's Breast Center has earned a three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) by the American College of Surgeons.

Cleveland Clinic Florida is also recognized under the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence for both Weston and West Palm Beach.

We are the first in Broward County and the third Breast Center in Florida to earn accreditation, which is given to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

The Lozick Women’s Center

Dedicated to the screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, this center provides a seamless, holistic experience for patients in a newly constructed 6,800-square-foot space on our Weston campus.

  • A patient resource and education center will give access to resource materials and serve as a vital resource for community efforts in prevention, early detection, education, outreach and support.
  • Complementary medicine services will address the “whole person” through a holistic approach to treatment, including massage therapy, Reiki, yoga, nutrition education, art therapy, and a wig boutique.
  • Comprehensive psychotherapy services to promote the deepest level of healing possible will include traditional psychotherapy and non-traditional therapies such as heart-centered meditation and guided imagery.
  • Genetic counseling will be available for cancer risk assessment and treatment planning, with the focus on targeting the right tumors with the right therapies.
  • Support programs to help patients navigate the changes and challenges associated with breast cancer will be offered. They will be guided by oncology social workers and nurses who are specialists in providing reliable information in an atmosphere of hope.

Clinical Trials in Florida

A strong research program at Cleveland Clinic Florida provides patients with the most up-to-date treatment options. At any given time, patients can participate in a number of leading-edge research trials to test new drug therapies and investigate new treatment protocols.

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Our Doctors

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Risk Factors

Risk Factors

What Causes Breast Cancer?

A specific cause of breast cancer is not known; however, there are certain factors that may put a person at a higher risk of developing the disease. They include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Genetic factors
  • Ethnicity
  • Family history
  • Personal health history
  • Pregnancy history
  • Menstrual history
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Radiation exposure
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Postmenopausal hormone therapy

Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast cancer is the leading cancer for women of all ethnicities in the United States, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer. Due to the difference in breast structure between men and women, and the level of estrogen, more than 99% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women.

Caucasian women have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer; however African American women have a slightly higher risk of developing aggressive, advanced-stage breast cancer.

Breast cancer risk doubles for women who have a first-degree relative who has had breast cancer — about 20%-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family member who also has had breast cancer. However, up to 80% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history and it is believed that cancer occurs due to genetic abnormalities that result from the natural process of aging. About 5%-10% of breast cancers are linked to gene mutations a woman inherits from her mother or father. A woman who carries a gene mutation has an increased risk of up to (80%) of developing breast cancer during her life.

Women who are overweight or obese have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer or recurrence of breast cancer. In addition, not having children at all or not having a full-term pregnancy before age 30 is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.

Genetic Risks

Women with an inherited risk for breast cancer account for 5 percent to 10 percent of all women with the disease. Although all women have breast cancer genes, some carry mutations or have a non-working copy of a breast cancer gene. The following characteristics may suggest a higher risk for Breast Cancer:

  • Diagnosis of breast cancer before age 50
  • Several family members diagnosed with breast and/or ovarian cancer
  • Diagnosis of bilateral breast cancer (cancer in both breasts)

Genetics is a fundamental tool in personalizing treatment of breast cancer. Using family-based risk assessment and, when appropriate, available gene testing can provide a basic understanding of the structure and function of genes at a molecular level and determine the best clinical management. At the Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center, our physicians offers the most up-to-date information on the genetic components of breast cancer and offer predictive testing for family members who may have inherited a specific genetic mutation.

BRCA Genetic Testing

At the genetic counseling visit, the genetic counselor will obtain a careful personal medical and detailed family medical history. He or she will determine whether or not genetic testing is appropriate and which genetic changes to assess. Two of the most well know examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, the most common genes associated with inherited breast cancer risk. Genetic testing involves a blood test. The test results are typically known in a few weeks.

Even in the absence of a known inherited condition in the family, having a close relative with breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk to develop the disease herself. In some instances, additional breast cancer risk management considerations may be warranted for such women. Tell your doctor about your family history of breast cancer and discuss whether that history might warrant changes to your care.

Male Breast Cancer

Although breast cancer in men is rare, men have a small amount of breast tissue and can develop the same types of breast cancers as women. Less than 1% of all new breast cancer cases develop in men. On average 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the US each year.

Risk factors for men are similar to those for women, but also include:
  • Klinefelter syndrome, a congenital condition affecting about 1 in 1,000 men 
  • Testicular conditions
  • Excessive use of alcohol 
  • Liver disease
  • Radiation exposure
  • Exposure to estrogen 

Breast cancer risk in men increases with age. It is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70. Cancers related to gene mutations often occur in people younger than age 60. Symptoms of breast cancer in men are very similar to those in women. However, tumors are usually smaller but may be more advanced upon diagnosis because men have very little breast tissue; so the tumor doesn’t have far to grow before invading other tissues or the lymph nodes.

For both women and men with a strong family history of breast cancer, it is important to do monthly self exams and to have any changes examined immediately by your physician.

Imaging & Diagnosis

Imaging & Diagnosis

Florida Women's Imaging Center

As part of the Breast Cancer Program, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s accredited Women’s Imaging Center provides state-of-the-art screening in a soothing environment. The imaging center makes early and accurate detection a priority, offering digital mammography, Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast CAD (computer aided detection).

Our two locations at Weston and West Palm Beach have been designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The Imaging Centers are part of an elite group of imaging centers in Florida to achieve this level of excellence. Only three percent of the state’s nearly 500 ACR-accredited centers are recognized as breast imaging centers of excellence. The latest and most innovative breast imaging services include:

  • Digital mammography is a system that captures the X-ray image of the breast to a digital file that can be viewed on the computer rather than capturing the image as photographic film. The image can be viewed immediately. The radiologist can zoom in and adjust the size, brightness, and contrast. 
  • Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography is a type of mammogram where multiple projection angles are acquired using low dose x-rays and then reformatted to form 3D images of the breast. 
  • Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is an imaging test in which a contrast dye is administered to highlight different tissue structures of the breast. A scan is conducted which captures dozens of images of the breast using magnets and radio waves. Each image is a slice, which when compiled on the computer, provide the radiologist detailed, cross-sectional views of the breast tissue. 
  • Breast ultrasound is an imaging technique in which a small, hand-held instrument called a transducer is placed against the skin. The device emits sound waves that bounce off body tissues and are converted into a black and white image that is displayed on a computer screen.
  • Breast CAD (computer-aided detection) is a test that accompanies either film or digital mammograms. The image is analyzed by a computer, which then provides the radiologist an image flagging any suspicious areas that should be checked more closely.
  • Minimally invasive diagnostic breast biopsies are often performed by a radiologist or surgeon who uses computerized imaging to guide him or her in taking tissue samples using a sterilized needle. 
  • Stereotactic vacuum-assisted biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic technique in which a doctor uses a vacuum probe inserted into a small incision to take small tissue samples guided by mammogram images of the breast. 
  • Ultrasound-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic technique in which a doctor uses a vacuum probe inserted into a small incision to take small tissue samples guided by ultrasound images of the breast. 
  • MRI guided core biopsy is a minimally invasive diagnostic technique in which a radiologist uses a vacuum probe inserted into a small incision to take small tissue samples guided by magnetic resonance images of the breast.
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy is removal of one or a few of the lymph nodes under the arm. If they have cancer, then patients may then need to have all of the lymph nodes removed, called an axillary lymph node dissection.


Florida Breast Cancer Treatment Options

A range of treatment options is available to patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer: surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and clinical trials, to name a few. Cleveland Clinic’s team of breast care specialists will help to determine the best treatment plan based on type of breast cancer, size and location of the tumor, disease stage, lab test results, and a patient’s overall health.

Breast cancer treatments are local or systemic. A patient may have just one form of treatment or a combination. Local treatments include surgery and radiation, which are used to remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in a specific area. Systemic treatments include chemotherapy and hormone therapy, which are used to destroy or control cancer cells throughout the body.

Surgical Treatment Options

The various surgical techniques differ in the amount of breast tissue that is removed with the tumor. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s team of physicians and surgeons includes surgeons with fellowship training specifically in breast surgery. A tumor board consisting of members from our multidisciplinary staff meets each week to review patient cases and discuss treatment options. Cleveland Clinic Florida offers the following treatment options for patients diagnosed with breast cancer:

  • Lumpectomy/partial mastectomy involves removing the cancerous portion of the breast and surrounding tissue, while striving to preserve the normal appearance of the breast. Lymph nodes under the arm may also be removed. 
  • Partial or segmental mastectomy is when the surgeon removes up to one quarter or more breast tissue than is removed in a lumpectomy.
  • Simple mastectomy is the removal of the breast, skin, and nipple. 
  • Modified radical mastectomy is recommended when the tumor is large and/or has spread to the surrounding lymph nodes. It is a surgical procedure in which the entire breast is removed, including the skin, areola and nipple. Lymph nodes in the armpit area also are removed.
  • Nipple-areola sparing mastectomy is a technique in which the surgeon attempts to preserve the patient’s nipple and areola during removal of the breast tissue. This helps to avoid reconstructive surgery in the area, but it is only done if the cancerous area is 2 cm or more away from the tissue to be saved.
  • Skin sparing complete mastectomy involves removing cancerous breast tissue through a small incision around the areola while leaving most of the breast skin. The remaining “pocket” is filled with a breast implant or with tissue from another part of the patient’s body.
  • Oncoplastic surgery is a procedure in which surgical reconstruction is combined with lumpectomy. A plastic surgeon removes the cancerous breast tissue while sculpting the remaining tissue to restore a natural appearance and shape.
  • Prophylactic complete mastectomy is surgical removal of one or both breasts in an effort to prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer. Those at high risk for breast cancer may be able to reduce their risk by 90% with this procedure.
  • Axillary lymph node dissection is the removal of all of the lymph nodes under the arm to determine whether the cancer has spread.
  • Post-Mastectomy Sensory Restoration is a breast neurotization technique that makes it possible to reconnect the nerves in the newly restored breast.

Breast Reconstruction

For those patients who desire breast reconstruction, our unique team approach and the professional collaboration between breast surgeons and plastic surgeons make it possible for our patients to have mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time or you may choose to have reconstruction months or even years after mastectomy. Once chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been started, the completion of reconstruction is usually postponed until treatment has ended. Cleveland Clinic Florida offers the most advanced form of breast reconstruction using what is called laser assisted angiography, a special imaging technology.

Your Own Tissue
Using your own tissue to construct the new breast is a popular option. During these procedures, generally referred to as flap procedures, plastic surgeons take tissue from another part of the body to replace missing breast tissue and create a breast shape.

Your surgeon may recommend a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis muscle) flap. The TRAM flap involves moving the skin, fat, blood vessels and at least one of the “six pack” muscles from the abdomen to the chest. Using a tunneling procedure, the section of tissue is left attached to its original blood supply, tunneled underneath the skin and placed at the reconstruction site.

The DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap approach is similar to a TRAM flap, but only fat and skin from the abdomen are used, not muscle. DIEP is a free-flap procedure that involves disconnecting the tissue from its original blood supply and then reconnecting it to existing blood vessels in the chest area using microsurgical techniques. This procedure is particularly suitable for patients who have concerns about using abdominal muscles as part of the reconstruction.

Back Flap
When the tummy flap is not an option, plastic surgeons can take tissue from the back, thigh or buttocks. The “back flap” moves skin, fat and muscle from the patient’s back to the mastectomy site. The tissue remains attached to its original site, which allows the surgeon to maintain the blood supply. The flap is tunneled beneath the skin to the chest, creating a pocket for an implant or creating the breast mound itself.

Breast Implants
Some women prefer implants, which are soft sacs filled with silicone or saline (salt water) that are surgically inserted under chest muscle and skin, recreating the shape of the breast. Implants are available in a range of sizes and shapes.

Nipple Reconstruction and Tattooing
Reconstruction of the nipple and areola (the dark-colored area of skin around the nipple) is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia or controlled sedation. The nipple is made using a small flap of breast tissue at the site where the nipple should be located.

At a later date, the nipple and areola both can be colored by medical tattooing or skin grafting.

Cancer Recurrence and Breast Reconstruction
After breast reconstruction, it is important that you continue to have regular cancer screening examinations, as recommended by your doctor. Always tell your doctor or nurse about any changes in your breasts.

Chemotherapy and Leading Edge Infusion Suite

This leading-edge chemotherapy infusion suite is designed to include the family in a healing environment. The new suite has increased the number of patients we can treat from 12 to 37. Infusion treatments will be delivered by chemotherapy-certified registered nurses who will educate and support patients and their care partner and will be present throughout the entire procedure.

Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment using a combination of drugs administered orally or intravenously to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given after a lumpectomy or mastectomy to reduce the chance of cancer recurrence. It also may be given before surgery to shrink the tumor, making it easier to remove or so that a lumpectomy can be performed rather than a mastectomy. Side effects of treatment typically depend on the types and amounts of drugs used.


Endocrine (hormone blockers) therapy may be prescribed for women whose breast cancer is hormone-receptor positive, which means that estrogen can affect breast cancer cell growth. This type of treatment can either lower the amount of estrogen in the body or block estrogen from acting on breast cancer cells to slow the growth of cancer or help to shrink tumors. There are several different types of endocrine therapies, which your physician may prescribe, based upon the specific characteristics of the individual cancer and the side effects of the medication.

Tamoxifen has been used for several decades to treat breast cancer. It is a pill taken daily for five years. Tamoxifen can be used in women of any age and has been found to reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence and new breast cancers in women with ER-positive or ER-unkown breast tumors.

Aromatase Inhibitors
Newer studies indicate that aromatase inhibitors are more effective than tamoxifen in treating breast cancer in women past menopause. Aromatase inhibitors prevent estrogen from being produced. While there are risks from hormone therapy, for most women with breast cancer the benefits outweigh the risks.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy x-rays, electrons, or radioisotopes to kill cancer cells. Radiation can be produced from a machine outside the body (external radiation) or by putting materials that produce radiation (radioisotopes) into the area where the cancer cells are found (internal radiation). Radiation ionizes or damages the chromosomes in the cell so that they cannot multiply and grow any further. Radiation therapy is a local treatment — aimed directly at the affected areas of the breast. Successful radiation therapy depends on precise delivery of the proper amount of radiation to the cancerous cells while avoiding and protecting the surrounding, healthy tissues.

Our radiation oncology department has the latest innovative technologies to minimize the radiation dose to the nearby lung and heart tissue. Personalized, three-dimensional, conformal, treatment planning is used to precisely design the best radiation beam arrangement unique for each patient. Due to differences in each patient’s anatomy, specialized techniques such as “respiratory breath hold,” “prone breast treatment” or “intensity modulated radiation therapy” may be required to get the best and safest radiation plan for a specific patient. A unique technology we offer is virtual reality, visual feedback goggles which are used in certain cases when a “breath hold” technique is required to optimize a patient’s treatment plan.

Types of Breast Radiation Therapy Techniques

Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3DCRT)
Three-dimensional, conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) is the most common technique used in breast cancer patients. The conformal beams are designed using computerized treatment planning software. 3DCRT consists of two-to-five, conformal radiation beams carefully aimed at the tissues at risk with each treatment lasting for only a few minutes. When a patient receives 3DCRT, she will receive treatment five days a week for four-to-six weeks.

Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
If 3DCRT is not possible due to unacceptable levels of radiation dose to the heart or lungs, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) will be recommended. Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and dosimetrists work together to develop a highly conformal IMRT plan which minimizes the dose to the surrounding healthy tissue. During the IMRT treatment, the patient is positioned on a robotic table and a daily CT scan for image-guidance (IGRT) is used to precisely align the radiation beams to the target zones. 

Prone Position Breast Radiation
Prone position breast radiation treats patients lying on their stomach instead of on their back. In select patients, treating a patient prone will further limit the amount of radiation exposure to the heart and lungs. 

Respiratory Breath Hold Technique
 In selected cases, having the patient hold their breath during treatment is recommended. Our SDX® spirometry system along with specialized computer software allow for a reproducible target position which minimizes irradiation of the healthy tissues. 

Virtual Reality, Visual Feedback Goggles
Visual feedback goggles are used in conjunction with a respiratory “breath hold” technique in patients undergoing IMRT. The goggles display the patients breathing cycle allowing the patient to precisely hold their breath at the correct moment for the most accurate treatment. 

Partial Breast Irradiation
In select cases, localized radiation (brachytherapy) to the lumpectomy cavity is possible. A brachytherapy catheter or balloon is inserted into the lumpectomy cavity at the time of surgery or a few weeks later. Radiation treatment is accomplished by programming a radioactive seed to enter the catheters for a few minutes during each treatment. Treatments are typically scheduled twice per day for five days.



Cleveland Clinic Florida Support Services

Support Services at the Maroone Cancer Center serves as a vital resource for Cleveland Clinic Florida patients and community efforts in prevention, early detection, education, outreach and support. Florida services include a patient resource center, wig boutique, access to cancer support and resources, therapies and counseling to help those diagnosed.

Art Therapy

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.

Complementary Medicine

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.

CranioSacral Therapy
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 toxins.

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 function.

AROMATHERAPY is available for each session if desired.

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 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

Genetic Counseling
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.

Cancer Registry
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 Services

Nutritional Counselors
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 Resources

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 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.

Smoking Cessation
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 Patient Financial Advocate
  • 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

Support Groups

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
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.

Look Good Feel Better
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 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 a.m.
To register contact Amanda Amigo, RD at 954.659.5000 or [email protected]

Healing Through Art Support Groups
For specific Art Therapy support groups, please contact Marie Doll, Art Therapist at [email protected]

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.

Appointments & Locations

Appointments & Locations

To schedule a consultation, please call toll-free 877.463.2010. You can also make an appointment online.

Virtual Visits

You can now stay connected to your healthcare team through virtual visits, using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Why go virtual? It's an easy, convenient and secure way to see your provider face-to-face without having to leave home. This saves you travel time, parking fees and time spent in the waiting room — and you can also have a loved one or caregiver join you. If appropriate, you can also get a prescription sent to the pharmacy of your choice.

Many insurance companies cover the cost of virtual visits, so check with your insurance company ahead of time. Interested in getting started? Call your provider to find out what virtual visit options are available.


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