CancerCare offers free counseling either individually or through professionally run support groups on a wide range of topics. Both types of counseling are offered online, by phone, or in person (at CancerCare locations in New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut). CancerCare social workers can also guide patients and family members to counseling and support groups in their own communities.
A full listing of CancerCare support groups is available on the Web site. Online support groups via message boards are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are moderated by professional oncology social workers. There are support groups for patients, caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one to cancer. These groups are sub-categorized by type of cancer, treatment side effects, age group, survivorship, and relationship to the patient, (e.g., parents, spouses, etc.). Participation in online support groups is free and confidential, but you must register to participate.
What is unique about CancerCare's online support groups is that the social worker facilitating the group maintains regular contact with each of its participants. This facilitator will reply to unanswered questions and concerns as needed and offer guidance and resources to the group. Support group participants can also contact their social worker at CancerCare if they need additional support.