When you have cancer, there's a lot to cope with. Talking with family members, friends, or your health care team can help. But many people say there's nothing like speaking with other people who have cancer. That's because they've really been there. And that's where support groups come in.
Support groups have helped countless people cope with the demands of having cancer. They provide a confidential place where you can:
- Share your feelings
- Talk about your experience
- Give advice to others (like how you manage your side effects)
Where to find support groups
There are also many national organizations that provide services to people with cancer and their families. Many of these organizations can refer you to a local chapter for more information.
Below are some places to start your search:
American Brain Tumor Association*
Offers information and support to brain tumor patients and their families.
Visit www.abta.org or call 1-800-886-2282.
Provides free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information, referral, and direct financial assistance.
Visit www.cancercare.org or call 1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673).
National Brain Tumor Society*
Provides a patient and caregiver support network, a list of support groups across the country, and patient information about treatments, tumor types, and coping.
Visit www.braintumor.org or call 1-800-934-2873.
Cancer Wellness Center*
Offers counseling and professionally led support groups for people with cancer.
Visit www.cancerwellness.org or call 1-866-292-9355.
- Genentech USA, Inc. is neither affiliated with nor endorses this organization. The information provided by Genentech USA, Inc. or this organization is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.