Chat Room - A cancer support group

Chat Room - A cancer support group

Meet with others who have experienced the journey you are on. Share their strength and hope with the intent to encourage and empower.

Having cancer is a stressful experience. Support groups can help you cope with the emotional aspects  by providing a safe place to share your feelings and challenges and learn from others who are facing similar situations.

Reasons to join a support group

Receiving a cancer diagnosis often triggers a strong emotional response. Although some people experience shock, anger and disbelief; others may feel intense sadness, fear and a sense of loss. Loneliness and isolation are other common feelings because even the most supportive family members and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to have cancer.

Support groups offer the chance for people to talk about their experiences with others living with cancer, which can help reduce stress. Group members can share feelings and experiences that may seem too strange or too difficult to share with family and friends. And the group dynamics often create a sense of belonging that helps each person feel more understood and less alone.

In addition to sharing their feelings and experiences, support group members may discuss practical information, such as what to expect during treatment; how to manage pain and other side effects of treatment; and how to communicate with health care providers and family members. Exchanging information and advice may provide a sense of control and reduce feelings of helplessness.

Many studies have shown that support groups help people with cancer feel less depressed and anxious and more hopeful. Although support groups are not the right fit for everyone, and some people may benefit from other sources of support, people who choose to participate in support groups often find that the experience enables them to manage their emotions better.