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 and networking 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 and Networking Groups
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.
Caregiver Support Group
This six-session group provides an opportunity for those actively supporting a loved one with cancer to meet, share experiences, and talk with others in similar situations who will understand what you are going through. The Caregiver Networking Group can help you tackle the everyday challenges you may face while supporting a loved one. Join us to learn how to care for yourselves as you care for others by sharing wisdom, encouragement, and support.
Bladder Cancer Support Group
This group is an opportunity to get support and network with others who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Whether you who are newly diagnosed or in survivorship, come and find help and hope.
Lung Cancer Networking Group
This group is an opportunity to get support and network with others who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. We welcome those who are newly diagnosed as well as those who are in survivorship. Come and find help and hope.
Metastatic Cancer Support Group
This group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with a metastatic cancer. This type of progression with cancer diagnosis can bring up a distinctive set of issues. Members are encouraged to share their experiences and gain strength and hope from each other. The group is open to anyone living with any type of metastatic cancer and their support persons.
Ovarian Cancer Networking Group
This group is an opportunity to get support and network with others who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other gynecological cancers. This session is appropriate for those newly diagnosed as well as those who are in survivorship. Come and find help and hope.
Young Survival Coalition
Are you looking to connect with other young women diagnosed with breast cancer? Local YSC Face 2 Face networks (YSC F2F) offer support and networking groups for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer (YWABC). YSC F2F networks are local grassroots groups that allow you and other YWABC in your community to connect!
20s & 30s with Cancer
We offer a Facebook group that is private and allows those with 20s & 30s with cancer to interact with peers facing similar circumstances.
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Individual Wellness Plans: CancerSupportSource®
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 Newcomer Welcome: An Introduction to Cancer Support Community Central Ohio appointment. Please call 614.884.HOPE (4673) for details.
CancerSupportSource® 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.
MyLifeLine is now part of Cancer Support Community; its goal is to provide a more dynamic and innovative support network for our community members. MyLifeLine’s digital platform, which has been engaged in transforming the experience of cancer patients for the past decade, brings to CSC more than 30,000 patients, survivors, and loved ones in search of support and community. For more information, please click here.
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