Patient Support Group

Being a part of a cancer support group is beneficial to many individuals who have been diagnosed with the disease. This is a space where you may share your thoughts and struggles with others who have gone through similar situations, and you can use their experiences to help you. A chance to learn from and support one another is provided through support groups for those who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their caregivers. Support groups can convene offline or online. You can choose to participate in any one or both of these kinds of support groups, and both can be beneficial.

Local hospitals, community centers, cancer treatment facilities, daycare cancer centres and other locations are all possible locations for in-person support groups to convene. People get the ability to interact directly with other group members in this kind of support group. To find out more about what a typical meeting entails, you might be able to get in touch with someone beforehand.
When a local group is out of reach or traveling is not advised for health reasons, an easy alternative is to join an online support group. Or, for some individuals, a virtual environment makes it simpler to communicate their emotions.

Why are cancer support groups beneficial?

  • You can connect with others who have experienced cancer in a similar way by joining a support group. Discussing your own and their experiences with them is an option. It may do so to lessen stress.
  • Members of a cancer support group may feel more at ease discussing emotions and experiences that may be too tough or unpleasant to discuss with their family and friends.
  • People typically feel more understood and less alone when they are a part of a group, which fosters a sense of belonging.
  • Additionally, you can talk about useful information in a support group. This could include information on what to anticipate throughout treatment, how to handle particular side effects, where to find support groups, and how to interact with medical professionals and family members. As you struggle with cancer, discussing these issues in the support group may give you a sense of control and lessen feelings of helplessness.
  • Numerous studies have demonstrated how support groups can assist cancer patients to manage their anxiety and sadness.
  • Support groups can also help people feel more optimistic and better able to control their emotions.

Role of participants/patients in support groups

  • Regular attendance is required.
    Regular attendance at a support group is key to getting the most benefit from it. You will develop your comfort level and get to know the other group members.
  • Take part in the conversation.
    Being a part of a group keeps the conversation going and keeps everyone interested. The other participants will be eager to hear your updates and any advice you have to provide.
  • Be considerate to your fellow group members.
    There’s always a potential that during the group, something will say or do anything that irritates you. Be aware that those who attend support groups are coping with difficult, delicate, and very emotional issues.

Come be a part of this patient support program at MOC. For volunteer services please contact front office team.

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