Many men and women diagnosed with
cancer look for a support group that could
help them in coping and managing their
symptoms, emotions, fears and feelings.
During the course of cancer
treatment, which begins immediately after
detection, there are a lot of physical and
emotional changes that a patient goes
Support groups are better than families, an
extended family that helps in handling the
innumerable emotions a patient goes through.
Cancer specialists emphasize on the influence of
support groups because even the family members
of the patient are not always keen to take up the
job of helping the patient.
Dealing with cancer patients involves a lot of
care and love. Along with medication and
chemotherapy, emotional support works very
well to help patients in coping with their
Studies have shown that cancer support
groups are capable of enhancing the overall
self-esteem of patients, reducing
depression, decreasing anxiety and even
improving relationships with friends and family
members. As a matter of fact, support groups
can even help patients to cope with their
diagnosis and enhance knowledge.
Early research with respect to cancer support groups
revealed that patients who engage themselves in
support group activities are likely to live longer and
even survive cancer. Such patients have better
mental stability and emotional benefits that may not
be found in other groups. In fact, support groups
have successfully improved the overall quality of life
of many patients with cancer.
There are support groups on the Internet and
even at the cancer treatment centers. There
are some local support groups too. Patients
choose their preferred support group so that it
helps them to communicate better. Some
patients are comfortable with telephone or
online communication, while others prefer to
meet in groups and participate in various
The greatest challenged, however, is to find
out the most suitable cancer support group.
The best way is to ask your cancer specialist.
Normally, if you are lucky, you may get some
quick connections too.
The internet is a helpful resource in finding
cancer support groups. There are some
support groups that have evolved s one of
the most trusted names today.
Run by over a few thousands cancer support
groups in the country, the American Cancer
Society is one of the most trusted support
groups. It maintains a concise list of different
support groups and organizations involved in
such services. If you cannot search online, you
can find the contact details of the ACS and
get in touch. There are cancer information
specialists always available to assist patients.
Cancer Survivors Network is also another
option and an online community related to
the ACS. It is a community created by the
cancer survivors and for fellow survivors as
well as their loved ones. This is one
nationwide network where you can find a
lot of information and get engaged in live
chats and discussion boards.
For professional support and help online or
over the phone, CancerCare is one of the
most preferred support groups.
Before attending a
group, it is best to
talk to the group
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