Cancer Support Groups
Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating; you do need support to cope with the disease.
Friends and family are often first group of people who are present to comfort you. However, sometimes you need more
than them. Nationwide, cancer support groups do their best to improve the life of cancer victims;
you will surely find a group to provide you important information and necessary assistance. You may also go on chat
rooms and forums to express your fears and experiences, ask questions about the disease and its treatment. In fact,
cancer survivors can provide you useful ideas to face the treatment and reduce its side
Although neglected by most, church is an ideal place to get comfort. It is found in many studies a higher
percentage of people who completely heal or survive cancer longer among people who go to church and pray regularly.
This can be due to divine intervention or their state of mind - they believe God will heal them. As long as it is
possible, go to church and make friends. Every day, take time to praise God and meditate. Certain great books such
Steps to Christ
and Desire of Ages (two books written by Ellen G. White) can be a powerful tool to help you deepen your faith in
Faith in God and confidence in his love can make a big difference. It is so much easier to stay calm and feel less
stressed when you are sure of God's love and his care. Studies conducted worldwide have shown that religious faith
has positive effects on health. People who truly trust in God live longer and suffer fewer problems with depression
and better manage their emotional response to traumatic events. While no one cannot exclude that the supernatural
and miraculous power of God brings sometimes healing into our lives, it is not necessarily always the case. Peace,
assurance and hope that faith gives believers can provide a mental attitude that will influence health in general.
A merry heart is a good medicine - and can be even better drugs; because drugs often have destructive side
cancer survivors are numerous. We do our best to list a few; however, you can still make your own research and find
a group suitable for your situation. Some resources for cancer survivors include:
Society (ACS) - to find out about events, news,
resources, and volunteer opportunities in your community, you can contact the ACS by calling
Network of Strength (Formerly known as Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization)
- a national network
for information on breast cancer. You can also find links to other sites that support patients who struggle
with breast cancer. You can get their support by dialing 1-800- 221-2141.
founded and run by survivor Christine Clifford, this club offers inspirational books, comforting cancer
survivor gifts plus humorous cancer cartoons and support for people and families dealing with cancer. You can
contact them at 1-800-586-9062.
Living Beyond Breast
Cancer - a
national education and support organization that assists women diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization
also assists family members, caregivers, friends and healthcare providers. Their helpline is
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation - a nonprofit organization that dedicates
to serving children with cancer and their immediate and extended family members, survivors, health care
professionals, and bereaved families. Their telephone numbers are 301-962-3520 and 1-800-366-2223.
Community - A community located in
washington, DC that determine to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge,
strengthened by action, and sustained by community. You can reach them by calling local phone:
202-659-9709 or toll-free: 1.888.793.9355.
National Alliance of
Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) - a non-profit organization that
provides information and educational resources on breast cancer in the United States to patients, medical
professionals and the media; their national support hotline is 1-800-221-2141.
Advocate Foundation - a
non-profit organization that to provide effective mediation
medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues to cancer
survivors. Their phone numbers are 800-532-5274 and
· Us TOO
a non-profit prostate cancer education and support network of 325
support group chapters worldwide, providing men and their families with free information, materials and
peer-to-peer support. Their support hotline: (800) 80-Us TOO
Myeloma Foundation (IMF) - a
nonprofit Foundation that works to internationally improve the quality of life of
multiple myeloma patients; you can contact them by dialing this toll free number: (800) 452-CURE or
Action - an
active group that provides support for the newly diagnosed, caregivers, family members and health care
providers. The main mission of BCA is to inspire change to end the breast cancer
National Brain Tumor
Society (NBTS) - a non-profit
organization that seeks new therapeutic targets, as well as to improve existing treatments, and encourages
research that connects directly to patient care and enhances quality of life for all brain tumor patients -
their toll free number 1-800-770-8287.
Cancer Care, Inc.
- a nonprofit
agency that offers at national level free support, information, financial assistance, and practical help to people
with cancer and their loved ones. Their telephone is 1-800-813-4673.
· Lung Cancer
Alliance- a national non-profit organization
dedicated solely to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer and those at risk for the
disease - their
Information Lines: 800-298-2436 (US only) and 202-463-2080.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - a national voluntary health agency
dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of
patients and their families - telephone: 1-800-955-4572.
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research -
a nonprofit organization thatfunds research, advocates for research
funding, and raises awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You can contact the
foundation directly by dialing their toll free number: 1-866-789-1000.
Lymphoma Research Foundation -
a nationalhealth organization that funds lymphoma
research and provides patients and health care professionals with critical information on the disease; located in
Los Angeles, CA 90034, their phone number is 1-800-500-9976.
National Lymphedema Network (NLN) -
this network is working toprovide education and guidance to
lymphedema patients, health care professionals, and the public in general. Their main office is in Oakland, CA, and
their phone is 1-800-541-3259.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) -
This coalitionraises awareness and increase education
about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with
ovarian cancer. Their main office is in Boca Raton, FL, and their telephone number 1-888-682-7426.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) - a nonprofit advocacy organization,
educates health professionals and the public about pancreatic cancer to increase awareness of the disease
-telephone - 1-877-272-6226.
Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association - an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization
of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals dedicated to support, educate, and
communicate with thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends - telephone: 1-877-588-7904.