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.
A support 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.