- Question from Kathy: How do I find a support group and answers to medical questions that I am stressing over?
- Answers - Mitch Golant You can log on to www.thewellnesscommunity.org and there are some other resources to draw from. Often, a cancer center will offer support groups where you receive treatment. Also, the county psychological associations will have a division of health psychology that will have support groups. A college associated with a treatment center may offer support groups. There are other organizations, like the Komen Foundation, or the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org, and, of course, www.breastcancer.org.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. The best thing to get answers to your own medical questions is from your own team of doctors and nurses because they know you best, and they understand all of the things that make you and your situation unique. These days, it is tough to get enough time with your doctor to get all of your questions answered. And we know that once your first crop of questions is answered, you think of new ones. The whole purpose of Breastcancer.org is to make sense of all of the overwhelming and complicated information about breast cancer.
One of the values of support groups is helping women with breast cancer to ask better questions of their doctors. Often at The Wellness Community, we have breast cancer networking groups led by physicians who will answer your questions in a general way, but it helps in the process of being able to formulate better questions to your doctors. We also created a support group online. We have had so much success with our face-to-face support groups, we decided to develop a research project to get a pilot study for online support. As a result we are very heartened by the findings that people in the study had more zest for life, reduced reaction to pain, and increased spirituality.
Editor's Note: The Wellness Community is now known as The Cancer Support Community.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2001, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Stress and Your Immune System. Mitch Golant, Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions on how stress affects your treatment, and what you can do to boost your immune system.
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