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How can joining a support group help me and my family deal with cancer?

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A support group can help you manage your feelings by letting you talk and share with people who feel the same way. Members often talk about which treatments worked for them and how they faced challenges.

When you talk to others, you’re part of a community and realize that others are in the same boat. It helps you see that what you’re feeling is normal.

Some support groups are just for people who have cancer. Others include your main caregiver. Family members or children may find one just for them.

From: Build Your Support Network WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Finding Support Systems for People with Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Finding Support and Information."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cancer: Helping Your Family Help You."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:  "10 Tips for Supporting a Friend with Cancer."

Dana-Farber Caregiving Institute: "How to Create a Caregiving Plan."

American Cancer Society: "Online Communities and Support."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Finding Support Systems for People with Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Finding Support and Information."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cancer: Helping Your Family Help You."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:  "10 Tips for Supporting a Friend with Cancer."

Dana-Farber Caregiving Institute: "How to Create a Caregiving Plan."

American Cancer Society: "Online Communities and Support."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 23, 2019

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