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Finding Support

Find a lung cancer-specific support group near you!

Peer Support

Being diagnosed with lung cancer is a tough time for many people. Even if you have a good support system of friends and family, it may be helpful to connect with other cancer patients who will understand your situation in a different way. You may be the kind of person who finds it hard to reach out to others. You are not alone. There are many different kinds of support available and one or more may be just what you need.

In-person support groups

For some, the experience of talking with others face-to-face is the best way to connect. Ask your medical team if a group is available at your cancer center.”

  • Lung cancer-specific support groups – Because of the stigma associated with lung cancer, some people feel most comfortable in a group with other lung cancer survivors. We track lung cancer support groups across the country, and you can find our list here. If you know of a group that’s not listed, please let us know!
  • General cancer support groups – There are many places in the country where lung cancer-specific groups are not available. Call our toll-free information line at 1-800-298-2436 or email support@lungcanceralliance.org for help finding general cancer support groups that might be in your area.

Telephone support

 If there aren’t in-person support groups near you, if extra support is needed, or you appreciate the convenience of telephone-based support, here are some ways to connect.

  • Phone Buddy Program – Our telephone peer-to-peer support program. To learn more, click here or call our toll-free information line at 1-800-298-2436.
  • CancerCare© offers a variety of support groups by phone. To learn about these you can visit www.cancercare.org or call their toll-free line at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).

Mobile and online support 

If you like the idea of being able to connect on the go or online with others from all over the country who understand lung cancer, there are several options.

  • LCA Unite, an interactive, one of a kind app provides a resource center with listings of support groups, treatment centers and events based on your location; a side effect tracker so you can log in reactions to treatments and then pull them up to share with your healthcare team; daily inspiration to encourage you or make you think each day. There is also a live chat for 24/7 support for those newly diagnosed, out of treatment and caregivers. You can download LCA UNITE free at the Apple Store or Google Play for Android devices. 
  • CancerCare© also has lung cancer-specific online groups as well. Visit their website here or call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
  • Cancer Support Community – Formed by a merger of Gilda’s Club and The Wellness Community, the Cancer Support Community provides in-person support groups and classes but also has online groups.
  • The Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) – Has group e-mail lists for people with lung cancer

Professional Support

While peer support can be helpful, sometimes it’s not enough. A professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, therapist) may be better suited to talk about your feelings and reactions to the diagnosis and help you feel better. Finding help through counseling isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. Here are some ideas to find the help you need.

In-person counseling

If possible, find a professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor, therapist) who understands the emotional side of cancer. You can do that by:

  • Asking at your cancer center if they have someone you can talk with
  • Contacting the American Society of Psychosocial Oncology (APOS). Psychosocial oncology is concerned with the social, psychological, emotional, and spiritual side of cancer. Through APOS’s Helpline at 1-866-276-7443, you can find what cancer-informed counseling is available in your area.

Telephone counseling

CancerCare© offers time-limited telephone counseling by trained oncology social workers. To find out more, visit www.cancercare.org or call their toll-free line at 1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Cancer Support Community offers brief telepehone counseling by trained oncology social workers. For mor information, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.com or call their toll-free Helpline at 1-888-793-9355.

Cancer Information and Counseling Line. Telephone counseling is available through the University of Colorado Cancer Center. For more information, visit their website or call their toll-free line at 1-800-525-3777.