From an article by
Raquel Serrano, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C
McLeod Oncology Social Worker
Cancer patients and even their caregivers often turn to Support Groups for psycho-social care. However, even though some “shelter in place” orders are being lifted cancer patients, a group at high risk for contracting coronavirus, are still self-quarantining.
“At the recommendation of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, McLeod – like many other hospitals – has cancelled cancer support groups until further notice,” says McLeod Oncology Social Worker Raquel Serrano. “To help, we’ve compiled a list of resources that cancer patients can access in the privacy of their own homes.”
Cancer Related Resources
Inspire – This website features groups for people with cancer and their caregivers. You can also join groups for other health conditions besides cancer. Once you join a group, you can post questions and comments on discussion boards and connect with other group members. You can also help other members and give encouragement by responding to their stories and questions. Several patient advocate organizations feature support communities on Inspire.
CancerCare – This website offers about 100 online groups for people with cancer and their loved ones. The groups are led by oncology social workers who give support and guidance.
Cancer Connect – This website combines current cancer treatment news and educational content with a moderated social community for patients and caregivers. Cancer Connect is used by leading cancer centers, allowing patients to interact with others receiving treatment at those centers and creating a unique destination to seek information, support and inspiration.
Friend for Life Cancer Support Network – A network of cancer survivors and caregivers, who provide compassionate, one-on-one support to others diagnosed with cancer and to their loved ones.
Know Cancer – Dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering all people affected by the many forms of cancer. It offers an online community that provides social and professional support to patients and their loved ones.
Navigating Cancer – A free website specifically for people with cancer and their supporters, offering tools and cancer resources that empower patients to take control of their health and partner more closely with their physicians, support network and other like patients.
Smart Patients – An online community where patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses can learn from each other about treatments, challenges and how it all fits into the context of their experience.
Cancer and Careers – An online website providing valuable information and resources via expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Provides resources and information on cancer.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Provides information on integrative therapies and education on cancer.
Mental Health Related Resources
Anxiety and Depression Association of America – Provides extensive information and resources on anxiety, as well as an anonymous online peer-to-peer support group.
7 Cups of Tea – Seven Cups of Tea offers support from peers, trained volunteers and paid professionals.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) – Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress including prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Crisis Text Line (text 747741) – Provides free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline (1-800-662-4357) – Provides confidential, 24/7, 365-days-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders.
American Chronic Pain Association (1-800-533-3231) – Provides support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families.
The McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research recommends, but does not endorse, these websites. They are intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please do not ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on a website. If you think you may have a medical or mental health emergency, please immediately call your doctor, or dial 911 for further assistance.
If you would like additional information or have any questions or concerns, please contact one of our McLeod Oncology Social Workers, Tanya McLeod at 843-777-6321 or Raquel Serrano at 843-777-5695.