There are many different cancer support groups. Some are for the patients. Others are for the family and/or friends of the patient. Others are open to anyone. Groups may be led by a health care professional or made up completely of peers. You can find support groups that meet face-to-face or online. Different support groups have different goals:
- Some groups focus on sharing thoughts and feelings about cancer. These groups help people to support each other and develop new ways to cope.
- Other groups focus on education about some aspect of cancer.
- Many combine both support and education.
It may help to discuss your goals with the person running the group to see if the group offers what you need. You may want to check out a few different groups to find one that works best for you.
Many people choose online support groups. These groups help people who may not wish to attend a face-to-face group. Be careful when looking for an online group.
How do I find a Support Group?
To find a support group in your area call:
Halifax: Contact the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre 902-473-6067
Sydney: Contact the Cape Breton Cancer Care Centre 902-567-8551
For all other areas contact the Cancer Patient Navigator at 1-866-524-1234