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trying to start a support group

Limey's picture
Posts: 447
Joined: Mar 2004

In Minneapolis where I live, I have not been able to find any type of cancer support group to attend. So... I am looking to start one. Has anyone done this, or does any of you attend any cancer support groups? I would be interested in learning from you.
Limey (Mark)

Kanort's picture
Posts: 1275
Joined: Jan 2004

Hi Mark,

I attended a support group for several years. It was led by the social worker at my oncology office. We met twice a month with one of the meetings being centered around a complimentary approach to cancer healing. I think it's great your are attempting to start a program. Good luck and keep us posted.


spongebob's picture
Posts: 2599
Joined: Apr 2003

Hey, Mark -

Have you contacted the local ACS chapter? You can get contact info at www.cancer.org Also check CSN's resource library link on the left-hand side of this page here.

They should be able to help you out.

Hope all is well, my friend.

- Sponge

spongebob's picture
Posts: 2599
Joined: Apr 2003

Mark -

Here are some resources from you:

Additional resources

PLWC's Patient Information Resources (organized by cancer type)

The American Cancer Society offers online support groups through the Cancer Survivors Network (CSN), as well as other support programs and services.

CancerCare offers online support groups facilitated by oncology social workers. Both CSN and CancerCare also offer telephone-based support for people without computers.

Caregiving.com offers online support groups for caregivers.

The National Cancer Institute provides a detailed list of National Organizations That Offer Services to People with Cancer and Their Families.

The American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a guide for finding community support groups.

Vital Options® is a nonprofit cancer communications, support, and advocacy organization. Vital Options® is also a support group for young adults with cancer.

The Wellness Community is a free program of support, education, and hope for people with cancer and their loved ones. Their mission is to enhance health and well-being.

I spoke at a break-out session with the Wellness Community back in October, I could put you in contact with someone there if you don't find what you need at the above resources. Also check the Lance Armstrong Foundation website.

- Bob

Posts: 1048
Joined: Jan 2007

Hi Mark. I think it's terrific that you want to start a support group. I wish you good luck and please let us know how it goes. God Bless

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