Benefits of Joining a Cancer Support Group

Cancer Support Group

Benefits of Joining a Cancer Support Group

A patient’s cancer journey can be stressful, especially if the patient feels like they are traveling alone.

While all patients cope differently, research shows that cancer support groups can enhance the quality of life for cancer patients in many ways:

  • -Patients can gain information and learn from others experiencing similar situations
  • -Group sessions offer patients a chance to talk about and work through their feelings
  • -Support and friendship helps group members feel more hopeful and less alone
  • -Patients discover and can discuss ways to cope with side effects of treatment
  • -Groups help patients deal with practical issues, such as problems at work or school

Support groups each have different formats and atmospheres, so it’s important to choose a group in which you will feel comfortable.

Cancer Support Group at Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA

Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA hosts a cancer support group on the third Tuesday of every month. Cancer patients, as well as their friends and family members, are welcome. Individuals do not need to be patients of Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA to attend.

Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner or snacks. A program begins at 6 p.m.

At some meetings, patients and their guests make crafts such as picture frames. Some nights, doctors are available for a Q&A session. Sometimes a guest speaker is invited to discuss topics related to cancer, such as pet scans or neuro-oncology. Additionally, the group always serves as a safe place for patients and their guests to share stories and advice with each other.

The meetings typically end around 7:30 p.m.

“When we started the cancer support group two years ago, there was a core group of three patients,” said Nancy Minsker, RN, ONC, clinical manager. “Now each meeting has 18-20 people in attendance. The meetings have proven to be so valuable. Many support group members have become friends and even spend time with each other on their own.”

For more information about Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA’s cancer support group, contact Nancy or any staff member at (717) 975-8970. New faces are always welcome!