Where to find a good support group?

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Question from job: How do you find a good support group?
Answers - David Spiegel There are a number of associations like Y-ME and Cancervive, The Wellness Community, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, US2 (for men with prostate cancer) that can make referrals. Many oncology treatment centers also have support groups or have staff who can recommend a good local support group. I would start out either with one of those community agencies that provide emotional support for cancer patients, or your oncology program, a social worker, nurse or your doctor who may know of a group in the area. We have a cancer supportive care program that is now spreading to other hospitals. There is a community breast health project in Palo Alto. The other thing is to ask another patient who has been there for a while, and usually you can get into the local network.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Feelings about Breast Cancer featured David Spiegel, Ph.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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