For Patients and Families

For Patients & Families

Patients, family members and caregivers create a tight-knit community at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. Ongoing group activities are facilitated by patient services staff to foster discussion, camaraderie and social interaction. These activities include New Patient Orientation tours, weekly luncheons, group meetings and more. If you ever have questions about activities happening at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Services Department.

New Patient Orientation Tours
A one hour guided group tour of the facility is available three days a week to patients and family members. Our informative approach allows you to get an in-depth look at the treatment area and will answer questions you have about how proton therapy works.
Tour groups meet in the lobby.

  • Monday – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 4 p.m.

The Lunch Bunch

Every Wednesday at 12:00 noon, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute hosts a complimentary lunch in the 2nd floor research room. All proton therapy patients, family members, caregivers, alumni patients and guests are welcome to join us for lunch. Patients are invited to share comments and brief updates with the group about their proton journey. Physicians and staff members alternate giving brief educational talks on the cancers we treat and the processes behind the treatment program. Question and answer sessions follow.

Group Meetings

Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. noon (1st) – "SPOHNC Group Meeting"

The Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) meeting is held on the first Tuesday of each month at the proton center.

Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. – "Prostate Brothers" (First and Third Wednesday ea. month)

Every first and third Wednesday of the month, join our “men only” prostate cancer group discussion. In this meeting, you will get valuable insight from current patients as well as have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about proton therapy. Prostate Brothers meets prior to our Wednesday patient lunch in the second floor research room.

Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. – "Partner Support Group" (First and Third Wednesday ea. month)

Every first and third Wednesday, the Partner Support Group gathers for an informal meeting exclusively for the wives and caregivers of our prostate patients. Join us in the Marco Room on the 2nd floor and share hopes and worries with other supportive women and caregivers.

Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. – "Helping Others Hope" (Second Wednesday ea. month)

The second Wednesday of the month, adults diagnosed with all cancers except prostate cancer, and their caregivers, meet to share their experience and learn valuable information about treatment and coping skills.

Thursday at 12 p.m. noon – Lung Force (American Lung Association) Support Group

UF Health Proton hosts an American Lung Association support group the 1st Thursday of every month. All lung cancer patients and caregivers are invited.

Thursday at 5:00 p.m. – "Family Fun Night" (Every Other Thursday)

This is a special night for our pediatric patients and their families. During this time, families will dine together in the 2nd floor research room. Following the meal, adults and children will separate into two groups and participate in age-appropriate activities.

Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (1st) – "Breast Cancer Support Group"

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets at UF’s Cancer Center the first Thursday. This meeting is for anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoing treatment, or post treatment.

Art Projects

To view our art gallery click here.

Create memorable art with our artists in the lobby Monday-Friday.

Piano Concerts

First Tuesday of every month – 5:30 p.m.

UF Health Proton Therapy Institute patients and friends can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and musical concerts in our 1st floor lobby on a monthly basis. This event occurs on the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm. Our baby grand piano was a generous donation given by a former patient.

Weekly Group Outings

Patient Services staff selects a different restaurant each week around Jacksonville to enjoy as a group. A weekly bulletin and sign-up sheet is posted in the lobby. Everyone provides their own transportation and pays their own expenses.

Tuesday, 12 p.m. noon – Destination Lunch

Enjoy some of the tasty flavors from well known local restaurants and then stay around the area and explore. Popular spots are lunches at the beach, museums,TPC Sawgrass, and the Federal Reserve.

Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – Restaurant Tour Dinner

Every Thursday night, enjoy some of the local cuisine with other patients. Many patients ride together and some drive separately – talk to patient services when you come to UF Health Proton Therapy Institute for details.

University Club

As UF Health Proton Therapy Institute patients, you are able to become FREE Guest Members of the University Club (27th floor of Riverplace Tower, located downtown on the St. Johns River) for the duration of your treatment cycle. This is an upscale formal club. Please contact them to start using your complimentary membership 904-396-1687.

First Coast YMCA

To help you pursue a healthy lifestyle during your stay, we’ve arranged reduced health club membership rates for you and your family. Keep exercising at the YMCA while undergoing treatment. Receive all-access membership to 17 First Coast YMCAs in Jacksonville for monthly fees of $30 for individuals, $50 for couples, or $70 for families. Patients must sign up for the discount at the UF Health YMCA. 580 W. 8th Street, first floor, Tower II (904) 244-9350.

Other Jacksonville Deals For Proton Patients

The Jacksonville community has embraced our patients and wants to support them. Talk with Patient Services about other special offers or discounts available to our patients.

In the local housing guide provided to you in your intital packet and found on the Staying In Jacksonville webpage, you will find numerous housing options to help patients enjoy a comfortable, stress-free and happy stay here in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville offers many opportunities for recreation, dining, shopping and other activities. Many patients bring their golf clubs and tennis gear knowing that they will have the time and energy to participate in these activities.

Use the transportation guide, provided to you in your initial packet, to find resources for renting an automobile, calling a taxi or limousine service or riding public transit.


Updated April 2016