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Liver Cancer Patient Information
People diagnosed with cancer and their families face many challenges that often leave them feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and alone. Support groups can help people affected by cancer feel less alone and can improve their ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges that cancer brings. It can help survivors cope with their cancer experience through sharing of information and feelings. Studies have shown that support groups can improve a person's quality of life. You may ask yourself:
- What is a support group?
A support group is composed of people who are all actively dealing with the impact of cancer on their lives. A support group provides a confidential atmosphere where people can discuss the challenges that accompany the illness with others who may have experienced or are experiencing the same challenges.
- Why should I join a support group?
The relationships with the people in your group can be unique and fulfilling. By active participation in such a group you can learn to identify some of the unpleasant stressors in your life and how you can minimize them. A support group also helps you regain control in your life.
- What will be expected of me?
You will be expected to make a commitment to attend the group regularly. Sharing your feelings with other group members can be rewarding and satisfying. However, this is difficult for some. Simply coming and listening is beneficial.
If you are interested in receiving more information on support groups, please contact the liver transplant social worker at (323) 442-5908. Also the "National Organization That Offer Services to People with Cancer and Their Families" lists many cancer-concerned organizations that can information about support groups. This is available at http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/8_1.htm or can be ordered from the Cancer Information Service at (800) 442-6237.
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