And You Don’t Have to Be
A diagnosis of cancer is a scary thing. Whether you or someone you love has been diagnosed with the disease, it’s a time filled with uncertainty, fear and lots of questions.
The good news is that cancer is more treatable now than ever before. The advancement of science, medicine and hi-tech treatments means that breakthroughs are happening all the time in areas such as immunotherapy, radiation, chemotherapy, genetic testing and more. Those treatments, combined with support services, help patients fight and win their cancer battle.
The bad news, however, is that family and friends may not always know how to be the best moral support. Cancer is not something easy to cope with. Hearing the news that you or a loved one has cancer can stir a range of emotional responses. While some people feel shock, disbelief and anger, others may experience sadness, fear and a sense of loss. Cancer support groups are designed to help people cope with all aspects of cancer diagnosis by providing a safe environment to share experiences and learn from others who are facing similar obstacles. If you or someone you know are having a rough time dealing with such a difficult time, you should think about joining a cancer support group.
Here are five powerful benefits of joining a cancer support group.
- Focused Support Groups ~ Find a safe place to share experiences, and connect with other people who are navigating the same challenges related to age, risk and cancer type.
- Comprehensive Emotional, Social, and Educational Support~ Support groups are run by licensed social workers and nurses with expertise and training to help patients and families cope with adjusting to cancer emotionally, socially, and physically.
- Greater Quality of LifeMany studies have shown that support groups can reduce anxiety and stress, emotional distress, fatigue and pain, as well as improved mood, self-image, and the ability to cope with stress and feelings of control.
- Continued Support Post-TreatmentJoining a cancer survivorship program can help to equip you with the resources and support to navigate your new normal post-treatment.
- Caregiver SupportSupport groups are also offered to caregivers, family members, and friends who may need encouragement while learning to cope with the diagnosis of a loved one.
Whether you are facing a new diagnosis or dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, you are not alone. Finding a local support group can offer many support services to patients and families who wish to share their feelings with others who will understand.