Cancer support groups exist both for people living with cancer and for those providing care and support for loved ones coping with the disease. Support groups for cancer patients offer many benefits, most notably providing a safe place to share ideas on how to cope with difficult issues.
Most groups meet frequently in-person, online or by phone.
What Can You Gain From Attending a Cancer Support Group?
Joining a support group tends to enhance a patient’s quality of life and can even improve their chances of survival. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, joining a support group can:
- Help you cope with loneliness and make you feel more hopeful
- Allow you to express your feelings to other people and improve your mood
- Help you handle practical problems that may occur at work
- Give you the inner strength to cope with the adverse effects of cancer treatment
What Are the Benefits?
Joining a support group and participating in group meetings and activities can offer you the following benefits.
Exchange of Ideas, Experiences, and Solutions
Focused support groups can address the challenges faced by a particular gender or a specific type of cancer. For instance, there are support groups that cater to women with breast cancer as well as groups for men with prostate cancer.
Similarly, some groups are set up for young kids and teenagers. Such focused groups provide a unique opportunity to share personal experiences and connect with people experiencing the same type of challenges.
Support groups will almost always reduce stress and anxiety. They also help patients cope with pain, fatigue and emotional distress. Members commonly develop a better self-image. Attending meetings also improves mood, enhances self-control and increases the capacity to cope with pain and stress.
Support for Caregivers
Caregivers can get overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring for a loved one with cancer. That’s why support groups are offered to help friends and family members who need encouragement. Such groups also help caregivers develop the coping skills needed to take care of a cancer patient.
Convenience of Support
There are various groups with various meeting schedules available, so there is likely one option to meet your schedule. If you want to maintain anonymity, you can join an online group and use an avatar along with a nickname that will allow you to keep your identity private. You can meet in person in your neighborhood, school, community or church. You can also participate in teleconference meetings.
Effective Group Moderation and Leadership
Support groups usually have a group leader who moderates activities with the support of other members who keep records of proceedings and attendance. These groups also help you develop leadership skills and people-oriented skills like communication and empathy.
Contact Us Today
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or you’re a caregiver who needs imaging services for a loved one, contact Adams Diagnostic Imaging today. We offer high-quality imaging services provided by compassionate staff who work with top-of-the-line imaging machines.