What do we mean by "patient groups"?
Patient groups develop when people who are living with a diagnosis of cancer and
their loved ones decide to come together to support one another. There are all types
of groups: some are big, some are small, some are for many kinds of cancers, others
may be dedicated to one kind, and some groups only focus on emotional support while
others may have an interest in advocacy. The key component is that the group’s ideas
and plans should be driven by the wishes of its members.
What are the benefits of participating in a patient group?
Patient support groups are beneficial for those who are newly diagnosed since it
can be a way to meet others with similar experiences; groups can be an outlet for
sharing personal experiences; and they often provide a renewed sense of community.
In addition to improvements in confidence, emotional well-being, and stress-relief,
cancer support groups are now being studied for their direct effects on improving
the physical health of people who attend them (Source: National Cancer Institute).
Finally, patient groups can provide a positive platform to interact with physicians,
such as through group educational workshops.
Are you interested in starting a patient group?
If you wish to start a patient group in the area where you live, please write to
us for personalized support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about our Services for Patient Groups.