Support and Networking Groups
Over the last 25 years, there has been extensive research on the positive effects of support groups as a method to cope with cancer, improve quality of life and, in some studies, even increase survival. Research has shown that support groups help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control and loss of hope. In fact, research conducted at Cancer Support Community has shown that people who participate in face-to-face or online support groups report significant decreases in depression, increased zest for life and a new attitude toward their illness.
About Our Support Services
Licensed therapists trained in psycho-oncology lead our support groups for
people living with cancer, as well as family members, friends, caregivers and
children whose lives have been affected by someone with cancer. Combined, our
seasoned counselors and licensed experts have more than a century of
experience caring for the overall well-being of people who have been touched
by cancer. Our welcoming, homelike setting helps connect people with each
other, resulting in various improvements in confidence, well-being, stress,
interpersonal comfort and quality of life so no one faces cancer alone.
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. Members of support groups share experiences and advice; they often find it helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation. While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, many find it beneficial to turn to others outside their immediate circle. A support group can help individuals cope better, feel less isolated and make connections with others facing similar challenges. A support group shouldn’t replace anyone’s standard medical care, but it can be a valuable coping resource.
- Breast Cancer Support Group – For women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. Support provided by the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio.
- Caregivers Support Group – For those who are providing care to a person with a cancer diagnosis.
- Multiple Myeloma Support Group – For people with multiple myeloma and their caregivers. Support provided by the International Myeloma Foundation and Takeda.
- Metastatic Cancer Support Group – For those with any type of cancer that is metastatic (Stage IV).
- People Living with Cancer – For people with any type of cancer diagnosis, at any stage.
- FORCE – For individuals who are genetically predisposed to cancer.
- Young Survival Coalition – For young woman who are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Click here for support group meeting dates and times.
Individual counseling through Cancer Support Community Central Ohio offers participants one-on-one time with a mental health professional who has expertise in helping people express their thoughts, fears and emotions. Couples or family counseling allows loved ones to sit down with a cancer counselor to talk about relationship or family issues related to the diagnosis and treatment. Please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) to schedule a time to meet with a counselor.
Distress Screening Program: CancerSupportSourceTM
Routine screening for social and emotional distress is a key component to patient-centered cancer care. CancerSupportSourceTM is a comprehensive web-based, validated distress screening program that integrates bio-psycho-social distress screening, referral and follow-up care by a licensed mental health professional. It provides a personalized support care plan for patients, survivors, and loved ones, directing them to the most appropriate programs, services, and resources to meet individual needs. Screenings can be completed before or during a Welcome to Wellness: An Introduction to Cancer Support Community Central Ohio appointment. Please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) for details, or complete the screening form online.
CancerSupportSourceTM is provided through generous grants from the Franklin County Commissioners, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, The Harry C. Moores Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Janssen, and Genentech.
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