Mesothelioma Support & Help Groups
Studies have shown that cancer patients who actively discuss their health issues, life concerns, and emotions show both mental and physical improvement. While your doctor and the other medical professionals are focused on your treatments, you need to ensure that you, and your family, are receiving the support you need. Family and friends are an invaluable support structure for mesothelioma patients, but participating in cancer support groups can connect patients and can help individuals learn from shared experiences.
Finding the right support resources is not only important for the patient but also for the mesothelioma caregiver. Financial concerns, changing family roles, and anxiety can place additional strain on family members.
There are therapists who are experienced in helping families cope with serious illnesses and grief management. Including a trained counselor as a part of your support structure can help provide you with options at a time when it might seem there aren’t many options.
Support groups can provide a confidential environment where patients and caregivers can get emotional support, and practical advice on everyday issues such as proper nutrition, new treatments and the management of treatment side effects.
Contact a Belluck & Fox mesothelioma lawyer so they can advise you of your legal options and your right to pursue a lawsuit against the companies responsible for your cancer.
These support groups provide counseling, education and communication for victims of life-threatening diseases. You may find additional ones through your doctor.
Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR)
The Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) manages a mailing list for mesothelioma patients.
Lung Cancer Alliance
The Lung Cancer Alliance is the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to patient support and advocacy for people living with lung cancer or those at risk for the disease.
American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Cancer Resource provides information to cancer patients and their families.
Cancer Care Counseling
Cancer Care Counseling provides free professional counseling for individuals or professionally facilitated support groups.
AMC Cancer Center – Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL)
The AMC Cancer Research Center and University of Colorado Cancer Center have operated a toll-free Cancer Information and Counseling Line (CICL) for over 25 years, staffed by masters-trained and licensed counselors. To speak with a counselor through CICL,
call 1-800-525-3777 (Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 MST).
Hospice Education Institute
The Hospice Education Institute offers Hospicelink, which maintains a computerized database and up-to-date directory of all hospice and palliative care programs in the United States. A free telephone number (800-331-1620) offers referrals to hospice and palliative care programs, and provides general information about the principles and practices of good hospice and palliative care.
The Wellness Community
The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.
Medical News Today
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