For Patients and Families

For Patients & Families

Activities may be temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

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. Dates and times to support meetings and activities are subject to change. Please confirm with the Patient Services Department before attending your first meeting. 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 interactive walking tour through the facility provides patients the opportunity to see equipment used for treatment and ask treatment related questions.
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.

Monday, 3:30 p.m. – “Yoga

Every Monday at 3:30 p.m., yoga is taught by a certified cancer yoga therapist on the 2nd floor. This is a great class to rest, relax, and restore your body. The proton center has all the supplies that you need for class. Patients must get prior approval from their physician before attending their first class.

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, 10:15 a.m. – "Caregivers Support Group" (First and Third Wednesday ea. month)
Every first and third Wednesday, the Caregivers Support Group provides a safe and supportive environment with an opportunity for open discussion,  mutual support and to learn from one another’s experiences. It is a free support group for those who provide care for a loved one battling cancer.  

Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (2nd) – "Breast Cancer Support Group"

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets at UF Health North Campus (15255 Max Leggett Pkwy) the 2nd Thursday of each month. This meeting is for breast cancer patients recently diagnosed, 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 – 6:00 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.

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.

Patients and caregivers can go to the following locations for free by presenting their UF Health Proton Therapy Institute name badge.

  • Museum of Science and History (MOSH)
    • 1025 Museum Circle- 904-396-6674
  • Cummer Museum
    • 829 Riverside Ave – 904-356-6857 (closed on Mondays)
  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary (check website for hours
    • 1860 Starratt Rd - 904-757-3603


  • Kennedy Space Center - 50% off regular admission.  Patients must call 877-436-9620 and select option 4.  Tell the representative, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute referred you.  Make sure to get a reservation number and pick up the tickets at the Will Call window.
  • Blue Fish Restaurant – 10% discount given if you show them your name badge.
  • Library Card – Free library card by presenting a piece of post marked mail, driver’s license, and name badge to the downtown main library.
  • Discounted golf at Brentwood Golf Course. Weekday rates $12 (9 holes) $18 (18 holes) and weekends $20 (18 holes).  2 for 1 range tokens all week long.
  • Jacksonville Walking Tours- #1 tour in Jacksonville. $5 off admission with name badge. Normal tours 10am Tues. & Thurs. 8pm Fri. 904-827-7845
  • Discounted golf at the Golf Club at North Hampton after 10am. Mention that you're a patient or caregiver at UF Proton Therapy Institute and get a rate of $30/person.904-548-0000.
  • FREE TICKETS (adults) - Free Tickets available to Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure. Get your ticket request form at the front desk.

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 January 2018