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Choosing a Support Group

United handsChoosing a support group that is right for you is an important decision.  It can be difficult if you are not used to joining groups.  At the Simms/Mann Center, our clinical staff will help you identify what groups make sense for your situation and which ones might not.  However, when researching a support group, here are a few tips on things to look for or ask about.  First, you should inquire about the eligibility criteria for joining the group.  Try to determine if the group is likely to attract people who have a similar diagnosis and stage of cancer. You might ask whether the group is limited to people who are currently off-treatment and disease-free or whether it is for patients who are being treated for cancer.  Practical questions are also important including how often the group meets, when it meets and where it meets.  These can be important considerations so it doesn’t disrupt the return to work or normal life activities. Also look at the credentials of the person who is running the group. Are they licensed clinicians in the field in which they are practicing? Are they professionals with experience in the area of cancer?  There are many different kinds of group experiences.   More information about being in a group can be found by clicking here.

4 Comments
  • Kim Baldridge

    Do you know of any lymphedema support groups?
    Thank you

    March 13, 2014 21:03
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  • Christine Evans

    I was diagnosed with advanced basal cell skin cancer in February and was on a new drug Erivedge for the last 6 months. I stopped taking it 2 weeks ago due to the horrible side effects (similar to chemo). The cancer did not go away, but showed some signs of stopping the growth. I am looking for a skin cancer support group…or a support group similar to what I am going through.
    Thank you.

    November 11, 2015 20:11
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    • Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

      Hi Christine,

      Unfortunately we do not have a specific support group directed towards those being treated for skin cancer, but you may find that our support groups are still helpful. Our groups are facilitated by professionals to optimize living fully after a cancer diagnosis. For our calendar of upcoming support group meetings and workshops, go to: https://www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu/index.php/all-events/

      You may also be interested in meeting with our Integrative Oncology Specialist Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS, MNT, to speak about nutritional benefits to help in dealing with side effects from cancer treatment. For more information on this, go to: https://www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu/index.php/services/complementary-care-services/individual-assessments-education/

      If you have any questions or you’d like to move forward in scheduling an appointment with Carolyn, email simmsmanncenter@mednet.ucla.edu or feel free to call 310.794.6644.

      Thank you,
      Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology

      November 12, 2015 15:11
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