Many people attend a Support Group seeking encouragement and hope.
And then later are the ones offering encouragement and hope to someone else.
A study in 1989 by Dr. Spiegel published results that showed women with advanced breast cancer who received one year of weekly psychosocial support, along with standard care, lived an average of 18 months longer – twice as long as did members of the control group who received only standard care.
Following this work, Dr. Spiegel and other researchers have continued to produce evidence that psychosocial support not only improves quality of life
but may strengthen the immune system and increase longevity.
The Benefits of Participating in a Support Group
- breaks the sense of isolation by sharing similar experiences and feelings
- fosters hope, comfort and self esteem
- strengthens coping skills
- offers a safe setting to express intense feelings
- feel accepted and understood
- talk about concerns or issues that might be difficult with those not touched by cancer
- seek information about treatment options and coping with side effects
- gradually find a sense of meaning in our experience with cancer (advocacy)
In many areas, there is a lack of local lung cancer support groups. There are many on the Internet, but few face-to-face groups. Also, participating in a ‘general’ cancer support group may not be as satisfactory; specific issues that face lung cancer patients are so significantly different from other cancer diagnosis’s. (STIGMA being one) In this area, we are blessed to have 2 groups. See the right sidebar for information on local Lung Cancer Support Groups.
What happens at a Support Group meeting? We have speakers to help us learn more about our disease and ways to help ourselves. We have avenues of advocacy for raising awareness and funds for Lung Cancer Research, such as through THE LUNG CANCER RESEARCH COUNCIL.