Cancer Support Groups: Finding Strength in Community
As someone dealing with cancer, it can be challenging to go through it alone. That’s why cancer support groups exist. These groups provide a space for individuals with cancer to come together, share their experiences, and offer each other support and encouragement.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or isolated by your cancer diagnosis, joining a support group can be incredibly beneficial. Here are some reasons why:
You’ll find people who understand what you’re going through.
Cancer can be an isolating experience, especially if you don’t know anyone else who has gone through it. Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are in the same situation as you. You’ll find people who can relate to what you’re feeling and offer you support and encouragement.
You’ll learn from others.
In a support group, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from others who have gone through similar experiences. You can ask questions, share your concerns, and get advice from people who have been there before. This can be incredibly helpful as you navigate your cancer journey.
You’ll feel less alone.
When you’re going through cancer, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one going through it. Being part of a support group can help you realize that you’re not alone. You’ll find comfort in knowing that there are others who are going through similar experiences and that you can lean on each other for support.
You’ll gain a sense of community.
Support groups offer a sense of community that can be hard to find elsewhere. You’ll be part of a group of people who are all working towards a common goal: navigating cancer. This can help you feel more connected to others and give you a sense of purpose.
You’ll improve your mental health.
Going through cancer can take a toll on your mental health. Joining a support group can help you feel less anxious and depressed. Studies have shown that being part of a support group can improve your quality of life and reduce your levels of stress.
At MGM Cancer Institute, we understand the importance of providing holistic care to our patients. That’s why we have established Swasam, a cancer support group, where patients can come together as a community to support one another through their cancer journey.
Swasam is designed to provide a platform for individuals to connect, share, and support each other. Our support group sessions are led by experienced oncology nurses and social workers who provide a supportive and caring environment. Members of the support group are encouraged to share their experiences, listen to others, and offer support and encouragement.
We also welcome volunteers who are interested in hosting relaxing and mindful activity-based sessions for our group. These activities can include guided meditation, yoga, art therapy, and music therapy. These activities provide an outlet for self-expression, relaxation, and stress relief, and can help individuals cope with the challenges of cancer treatment. We are also open to new inittiatives which might help our patients feel a little better.
At MGM Cancer Institute, we are committed to providing the best care possible to our patients, not only through medical treatment but also through emotional and psychological support. If you or a loved one is struggling with cancer, we encourage you to consider joining Swasam and experiencing the benefits of a cancer support group. If you’re interested in joining one of our cancer support group, Swasam; please speak with your healthcare provider or contact us via 9710422309 / 9499011761 or write to us at [email protected] directly to learn more. Remember, you don’t have to go through cancer alone – we’re here to help.
Dr M A Raja
Senior Consultant – Medical Oncology.
Director of Oncology Services Chairman, Medical Advisory Board