Cancer Support Groups – Organizations And Foundations
Cancer support groups may provide patient network relationships when you are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, especially when you find that you need help in ways your doctor cannot address. Finding cancer support groups can provide emotional support and information to help you cope with your situation. Finding a way to deal with the emotional side of the illness may even be part of your treatment program, and their a support groups that can help with that. Patients can find others to talk to who are in the same situation, and can understand how they feel.
Some cancer support groups or organizations are especially for the families of patients, and some encourage family members and close friends to participate in the group with the patient.
There are many different kinds of support groups. Some are general groups for all kinds of cancer; some are specific to the form of cancer you have. Some may be for younger patients, or patients who have just been diagnosed. The organization of groups varies; some may be led by professionals with training in counseling. The important thing is to find a group that meets your needs as you are going through the process of dealing with your illness.
One interesting cancer support group is the ALCASE (Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy, Support and Education) “Phone Buddies” program. It matches patients and families with others in similar situations, taking into account various factors like the type of the disease and how it is being treated. ALCASE provides two lists of support groups in addition to the Phone Buddies program, one for online groups and one for face-to-face groups. Online groups can be helpful for patients who are unable to get to face-to-face meetings. To find out more about the Phone Buddies program, you can visit: http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/facing/phone_buddy.html
The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) is not a mesothelioma support group, per se, but it is a source for information about cancer, provided by a non-profit group in UK. The focus of the organization is not on clinical trials, but on obtaining basic information about what causes cancer, and what can prevent it. It is supported by charitable donations, and it uses its resources to fund research that is consistent with its goals. The web site is at: http://www.aicr.org
Other Support Groups, Organizations and Foundations
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. They are largest source of private, not-for-profit cancer research funds in the US, second only to the federal government in total dollars spent.
Cancer Survivors Network Discussion Boards
This message board, through the American Cancer Society, offers patients and survivors of cancer a way to talk and further their understanding of the disease.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
The NCCC places a very special and personal focus on providing outreach support to women and family members going through the battle against cancer.
ABCD After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Providing free, genuinely personal help and support that eases the stress and burden of breast cancer..
Lymphoma Research Foundation of America
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest lymphoma-focused voluntary health organization. Programs and services include: Lymphoma Helpline & Clinical Trials Information Service; Lymphoma Support Network; Conferences & Symposiums; and Patient Aid Grant Program.
Anderson Network, University of Texas
The Anderson Network is a support network of more than 1,300 current and former cancer patients.
National Childhood Cancer Foundation
CureSearch unites the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) through a shared mission to cure and prevent childhood and adolescent cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care.
R. A. BLOCH CANCER FOUNDATION
Support for cancer patients with information, moral support, and treatment assistance.
Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to people with cancer and their families. We match patients with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone a similar experience.
Leukemia Society of America
The world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.