Cancer patients and their families might experience a variety of emotions during the treatment process while others might not know how to manage their pain or other symptoms. Fortunately, cancer support groups help patients feel a sense of belonging and community throughout their cancer journey. Find out more benefits of a cancer support group, and join us for one each month.
Benefits of a Cancer Support Group
Cancer patients may experience a variety of emotions in response to their cancer diagnosis. They may feel shocked, angry, or disbelief. Cancer support groups were developed for this reason specifically and provide many benefits to patients throughout their cancer journey.
It’s a safe place to share your feelings
When you attend a cancer support group, you’ll be provided with a safe space to share your genuine feelings. Support group leaders—whether they’re a licensed therapist, current cancer patient or a survivor—give you the floor to talk about your experience living with cancer and going through the cancer treatment process.
Some topics discussed within a cancer support group may be too difficult for others without cancer to hear or understand. A support group often serves as a community for patients and survivors.
Various support groups have also been set up for caregivers and friends or family members of those going through cancer. These groups serve a similar purpose and allow loved ones to come together to express their feelings with others going through a similar situation.
It allows you to learn from other cancer patients
Within a cancer support group, you may be introduced to patients with various types of cancers and many different experiences. You can easily learn from patients who’ve experienced the same things as you. You can also learn what to expect from certain types of treatment, what to do about cancer-related pain, and how to manage side effects of cancer treatment medication. Patients can also share how to best communicate with your oncologist and your family and friends.
It helps you cope with your emotions
When you attend a cancer support group, you’ll learn the tools to help cope with changing emotions. Many cancer patients leave support groups feeling less depressed and anxious. They take advice from their support system and feel more hopeful about their condition.
Support Groups Offered at CCCN
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada offers local cancer support groups at our Southwest treatment center located at 9280 W. Sunset Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89148. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 3pm-4:15pm.
During the session, you can:
- Share your cancer journey with others
- Gain support from others experiencing similar experiences
- Simply listen to other cancer stories
- Provide support to others
Our support groups are open to any cancer patient in Nevada as well as families, caregivers and friends. Please RSVP to Lisa Roberson MSW, LSW by calling (702) 952- 2171 or emailing email@example.com.
We strive to not only provide our patients with the best, most advanced cancer treatments possible, but to also support our patients emotionally. We’re here for you and want to be your biggest ally in the fight against cancer. For more information about the services we offer, visit www.cccnevada.com. To schedule an appointment, call 702-952-3350.