Support groups can be a valuable place to talk through your cancer, experiences and fears with others going through similar experiences. For some patients, the emotional support provided by a community who intimately understands the trials of cancer can be helpful. Members of a support group can provide strategies as to navigate the cancer journey or provide recommendations to communicate with health care professionals. There are groups for caregivers and family members of cancer patients as well.
The groups listed below are available in many areas across the U.S. While this list of resources is a good place to start, your social worker, therapist, treatment center or local faith groups may also be great avenues for support.
Cancer hotlines are available if you wish to speak to someone about non-emergency, cancer-related questions outside of your doctor’s office hours. Questions regarding your specific treatment should always first be directed to your cancer care team.
Some patients and their caregivers must travel to get appropriate treatment and/or rehabilitation for their head and neck cancer. Hope Lodge®, offered through the American Cancer Society, gives cancer patients and their caregivers a place to stay when they are far from home.