What they are
Organised groups where people with cancer and their families can come together regularly to discuss shared experiences. They include face-to-face and telephone support groups, online discussion forums and peer support programs.
Why use them
Getting in touch with other people living with cancer can offer emotional support, and help people feel less alone.
What to expect
In these support settings, most people feel they can speak openly and share their experiences with others.
There is strong evidence that cancer support groups improve quality of life. Joining a group helps reduce distress, depression and anxiety. Studies have also shown benefits for people using online health forums. However, they may not suit everyone.
|Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for information on counselling, support programs and online discussion groups.|