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.
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.
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 a generous grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation.
Offsite Counseling Services
Cancer Support Community is proud to collaborate with Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers to provide offsite programming. A Cancer Support Community professional is onsite at Heart of Ohio Family Centers on the second and fourth Monday of each month and is available to provide support groups, counseling and resources and referrals. Check out the Calendar above for dates and locations.
Hoping & Coping Support Group in Delaware County
A support group is available in southern Delaware County for all those impacted by cancer – survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 pm, at All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Road, Delaware, OH 43015. Click on the Calendar tab above for dates and to register.