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Mesothelioma support groups

Support groups play a great role for mesothelioma-diagnosed people.

There are different categories of support.

Support from family and friends: Human connections in difficult times become even more important and precious, especially with people with whom you are close. You may want to consider counseling, whether individual, couples or family, as a way to help deal with emotions like anger or sadness and concern about the future. This counseling can also help communications among family members.

Home Care Services: State and local governments offer many services useful after cancer treatment. A nurse or physical therapist may be able to come to your home. Check the phone book for non-profit and for-profit Social Services, Health Services or Aging Services.

Different support groups: When it comes to cancer or mesothelioma support groups, it is important to remember that different support groups may have different focuses and procedures. Some groups are facilitated by a psychologist or social worker, but the core of the meeting is the personal sharing of the members. Others are led by group members, and are referred to as peer or self-help groups. Some groups are designed to be educational and structured, others emphasize emotional support and shared experience. The key is in finding a group that matches your needs.

It is important to remember that support groups are designed to provide a confidential atmosphere where patients can openly exchange information about their illness and the emotional ramifications of cancer, as well as practical issues such as how to manage the side effects of treatments.

For the caregivers of cancer patients, support groups are also important in dealing with the stresses of financial worries and changing roles within the family. Some support groups are specific to the family and friends of those with cancer; other groups encourage family and friends to participate along with the patient. Many support groups are free, but some require a fee. You may wish to see if your insurance will cover the cost.

Cancer and mesothelioma support programs exist in a variety of formats. Some groups are formal and focus on learning about cancer or dealing with feelings. Others are informal and social. Some groups are composed only of people with cancer while others include family members or friends. Some are led by professionals, although most are self–help groups led by patients. Whatever the format, a support group can help you deal with the fears and problems posed by a severe cancer such as mesothelioma.

Finding a mesothelioma support Group

Doctors, nurses, or hospital social workers often will have information about local cancer support groups, including location, size, type, and how often they meet. Many newspapers carry a special health supplement containing information about where to find such groups.

For patients with non-small cell lung cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma, support groups can be very helpful to both the patient and their loved ones. Your oncology healthcare team and local cancer support organizations are also excellent resources. They should be able to help you find a support group that understands your needs. Many of the organizations listed below may be able to help you find a support group in your area.

There are many Web sites that have information about your disease and its treatment. It is important that you discuss any Web site information that you are interested in with your oncology healthcare team. The type of care they give you may differ from what you read about. You may also want to discuss such information in support groups.

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