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Getting the Support You Need

Posted 9/12/2016 by UHBlog

Getting the Support You Need

Cancer support groups are meetings for people with cancer and those touched by the disease. Even though people often get support from friends and family, support groups can offer many benefits. One reason people join a support group is to be with others with similar cancer experiences. Some research shows that joining a support group improves both quality of life and survival.

Support groups can:

  • Help you feel better, more hopeful, and not so alone
  • Give you a chance to talk about your feelings and work through them
  • Help you deal with practical problems, such as problems at work or school
  • Help you cope with side effects of treatment

A support group may not be right for everyone. For some people, hearing about others' problems can make them feel worse. Or you may find that your need for a support group changes over time.

If you have a choice of support groups, visit a few and see what they are like. Or, attend a one-time class or event that focuses on the type of cancer you have, or topics you would like to find out more about.

Free events, classes and support groups are held monthly at UH Seidman Cancer Center sites and other sites throughout Northeast Ohio. There are programs for patients, family members, survivors and caregivers. Classes include sessions on chemo and radiation therapy. Other programs include art therapy, mindfulness, relaxation and guided imagery.

To find out more see our free education programs and support groups calendar or call 216-844-5432.

You can also get more information at the Wolfgang Puck Learning Resource Center, which is located in the lobby level at UH Seidman Cancer Center.

Source cited:

National Cancer Institute. (2014, December 2). Cancer support groups. Retrieved from National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/adjusting-to-cancer/support-groups

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