- By Treven Pyles
A cancer diagnosis is undoubtedly some of the most devastating news a person can receive. For asbestos victims, finding out you have mesothelioma or lung cancer is oftentimes incredibly shocking, as these diseases are rarely announced by clear signs. Daily life changes radically for recently diagnosed cancer patients, as they have to focus primarily on their health and treatment, which brings about a lot of anxiety, frustration, stress and anger. Struggling with cancer requires tremendous emotional strength and can be very exhausting at times. There are numerous obstacles which may appear along the way, from ineffective treatment and financial troubles to deteriorated personal relationships.
If you suffer from cancer, the support of your family is invaluable and will substantially improve your quality of life. By helping you with practical tasks such as driving you to appointments, cleaning up your house or running errands for you, as well as by taking care of your emotional needs, you will most likely feel less overwhelmed and more appreciated.
However, for many cancer patients, the support of their families may not be enough. Some of them do not personally know anyone else who endures similar hardship and as a result, feelings of isolation may ensue. Along with hopelessness and feeling misunderstood, alienation can easily lead to depression. According to the National Cancer Institute, between 15% and 25% of cancer patients are affected by depression.
Joining a cancer support group might prove to be a very beneficial idea. It can help you in plenty of different ways, including:
We have selected the most reliable and resourceful mesothelioma and lung cancer online support groups you can access right now. Additionally, we have included a series of quality general cancer support groups you can join, regardless of your specific diagnosis.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation - Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is perhaps the most renowned non-profit organization focusing on mesothelioma research. It provides 4 Facebook support groups for mesothelioma patients, their caregivers and their families, one of which is public and you can visit without invitation. However, you will quickly be able to gain access to the others by contacting one of the members via e-mail or phone and explaining your connection to the disease (you can find additional information on how to join by accessing their website).
Macmillan Cancer Support - As one of the largest cancer charities in Britain, Macmillan Cancer Support represents a great source of support for anyone suffering from a malignant disease. To access their mesothelioma discussion board, all you have to do is create an account and subsequently log in.
DailyStrength - DailyStrength is a website which includes multiple support groups. Similarly, you can join their mesothelioma support group by registering and then logging into account.
The Cancer Forums - The Cancer Forums is one of the largest online cancer support groups, which also has a section dedicated to mesothelioma patients and their families. In order to contribute to the discussions, you will have to register.
Lungevity - Lungevity is perhaps the most resourceful online support group for lung cancer patients. There are over 11,000 members whom you can share your experiences with and it also has a section for caregivers. Signing up is free and very easy.
DailyStrength - DailyStrength also has a lung cancer support group. Joining is very simple and also free. To become a member, all you have to do is create an account.
American Cancer Society - The Cancer Survivors Network is available by virtue of American Cancer Society, a nationwide voluntary organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. You can discuss diagnostic procedures, treatments and many other subjects with its members by creating an account and logging in.
Macmillan Cancer Support - A lung cancer support group can be accessed through Macmillan Cancer Support as well. You can register by clicking the button in the right corner of the page.
Cancer Compass - Cancer Compass provides message boards for some of the most common forms of cancer, including lung cancer. To share your experiences with the other members, you will have to register by clicking the Join Now button.
The Cancer Forums - There is a large support group for lung cancer on The Cancer Forums as well. By registering, you will be able to post and interact with other cancer patients.
American Lung Association - The Lung Cancer Survivors support group of the American Lung Association is available through the Inspire social network. It is one of the leading health-related social networks and in order to join the lung cancer support group, you can either create an account directly on the website or log in with your Facebook or Google account.
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation - You can access this online support group via HealthUnlocked, another health social network. To contribute to the lung cancer support group, you have to register by clicking the Sign Up button.
Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education - GRACE is a non-profit organization which offers quality, specific information about a wide range of aspects related to lung cancer. By joining their discussion board, you will be able to connect with hundreds of lung cancer patients and find out useful information about your disease. You can register here.
Lung Cancer Patient Support Group - Lungcancer.org is a non-profit organization which offers free support services to lung cancer patients, their caregivers and their families. Their support group is led by an oncology social worker and is available for 15 weeks. In order to join it, you will have to register until May 15, 2017. You can register here.
Cancer Hope Network - Cancer Hope Network provides free, confidential support to cancer patients by matching them with a trained volunteer cancer survivor. In order to benefit from this type of support, you can either contact the Cancer Hope Network directly by calling at 877-467-3638 or by filing out the form on their website.
Cancer Support Community - The Cancer Support Community is the largest non-profit network of cancer support worldwide, providing information and support to everyone whose life was impacted by cancer. You can talk with a licensed counselor who can help you with any cancer-related aspect, from emotional support to medical resources. They also have a live chat available Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Eastern Time.
Cancer Research UK - On the message board of Cancer Research UK, a cancer research and awareness charity, you can discuss about all aspects living with cancer involves, from your diagnosis and other medical matters to how to manage your daily life better. To become a member, all you have to do is register.
Living Well With Cancer - This is another cancer support group available through the Inspire health network. You can chat with other members about chemotherapy drugs, how your illness affects you and what your experience with various treatment approaches was. The group requires registration. You can sign up directly or with your Google or Facebook account.
WhatNext - WhatNext provides a great way of connecting with other people struggling with cancer, as well as with American Cancer Society resources, if you need medical information. It gives cancer patients the opportunity to share their experiences using a timeline format. The registration process is simple and it will quickly allow you access to everything WhatNext has to offer.
Cancer - As a support group provided by the Inspire health network, there are a lot of diverse cancer-related topics on this message board, from alternative cancer treatments to what not to say to a cancer patient. By signing up, you will be able to discuss with people who went thorough similar struggles as you.
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