Community Support GroupsCommunity cancer support groups are the one of the best ways to actively get support and become more active in your cancer community. These types of support groups can be held in hospitals, churches, and community centers and are typically led by psychologists, social workers, and medical professionals. Most groups are free to participate, but some may require a small registration fee or dues. Your cancer treatment center should be able to provide you with the names of local support groups.
Here are cancer support groups that have nationally sponsored support meetings:
Online Cancer Support Groups and ForumsJoining a support group online can be one of your best bets in coping with cancer. If you are experiencing side effects from therapy and have difficulty leaving your home, an online community can be the simplest, most effective way to get the support you need during treatment.
Online support groups and forums also allow you to maintain your anonymity, which helps many become more candid about their feelings, fears, and frustrations.
Online Cancer Support Groups and Forums
Cancer Support Forums from About.com
- Breast Cancer Community Forum
- Cancer Forum
Cervical Cancer Forum
- Colon Cancer Forum
- Leukemia Forum
Lung Cancer Forum
- Lymphoma Forum
- Ovarian Cancer Forum
- Prostate Cancer Forum
- Skin Cancer Forum
No matter which type of cancer support you choose, remember that emotional support and care is just as important as physical care. You don't have to feel isolated when having cancer. Maintaining a positive outlook on life and being optimistic is the goal of support groups, which makes the cancer journey a lot easier.