We know that cancer is a scary word. If you have been diagnosed with
cancer, it is important to know what to expect and what can be done to
reduce your fear, stress and anxiety. Many resources, available at
Stanford, in the community and on the internet, are available to help
you and your family to understand and cope. Ask your health care team
or the Stanford Health Library to help you identify resources that may
be most useful to you and your family/personal caregiver. They may be
able to recommend a variety of services, including a support group, a
professional therapist, an exercise
or stress-reducing class, and online resources.
group is a group of people who have a similar diagnosis,
experience and/or concerns. These group meetings, facilitated by a
trained professional (e.g., a social worker, a psychologist, or
another medical practitioner), encourage the attendees to offer
emotional support, advice, and encouragement to each other. Support
groups can address a variety of topics, including active treatment,
side effects, coping, caregiving, living life after treatment, and
many other relevant matters.
Some of our patients and families have found the sites below helpful.
We offer these as a starting point in your research.