Although many cancer survivors have a strong network of family and friends eager to provide support, they may not fully understand what it is like to cope with a cancer diagnosis. To help, Cancer Services offers monthly groups for cancer patients and survivors to support one another and share their experiences. There are specific cancer type groups, groups offered in outlying parishes, as well as groups for survivors’ families and friends, all designed to help them learn about the disease and connect with others who have loved ones living with cancer.
When a patient or survivor joins a cancer support group, one can:
- Share questions, concerns and feelings
- Connect with others who understand
- Enhance your knowledge and understanding of your type of cancer
- Reduce your level of stress and anxiety
- Increase your coping skills
- Develop a sense of well-being
Counseling is an effective tool used by many individuals from all walks of life seeking to improve their emotional and physical health. Any cancer diagnosis is stressful, and counseling can be very effective in learning how to cope with a new situation. With the help of a trained counselor, one can learn how to best manage the numerous issues that arise during and after cancer treatment, issues faced by the cancer survivor and concerned family members. Clients and family members are each allowed six free sessions of counseling. We provide counseling in house with our licensed social workers or can make referrals to partner agencies. Call (225) 927-2273 for more information.