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