However cancer affects you, there are many ways to receive the support you need.
If you’ve received a cancer diagnosis, it is not only helpful to understand how cancer and its treatment will affect your body physically, but also what you should expect emotionally. Your oncologist is a great resource for information on your illness and how you will fight it; he or she will also be able to provide you with information regarding individual or group support.
Sharing your feelings with a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist in a one-on-one setting provides you the freedom to take off your “brave face” and confront your feelings in a safe environment. You and your family may also benefit from having group sessions. If you choose to join a support group, hearing others share their experiences with cancer may bring you comfort; these groups also provide an outlet for sharing your own journey with empathetic ears.
The following resources offer information for those looking for personal support in coping with cancer.
- Cancer Survivors Network
- My Lifeline
- Springboard Beyond Cancer
- Belong app
- 4th Angel
- American Cancer Society Support Program Locator
Learning a loved one has cancer is a traumatic experience. You may experience symptoms of grief, feelings of isolation, or even bouts of confusion as to what your role in the cancer journey should be.
Whatever you’re feeling, it is normal; still, it can be overwhelming, and it may be beneficial to visit a licensed professional therapist with your loved one or on your own. You may also find comfort through a support group filled with others who are supporting someone battling cancer. Your loved one’s oncologist should be able to provide you with information on local resources.
The following resources offer information for loved ones looking for personal support in coping with cancer.
- Lotsa Helping Hands Care Community
- Well Spouse Association
- My Cancer Circle
- Cancer Support Community Locator