(HealthDay News) -- Support groups can be a great resource for people with cancer, their families, and other loved ones.
The National Cancer Institute lists these potential benefits of joining a support group:
- They allow patients and loved ones to express their feelings, challenges and problems to others with similar experiences.
- They can provide an opportunity to share tips and advice on dealing with cancer and the side effects of treatment.
- They can help patients cope with the emotional effects of cancer, which is an important part of treatment.
- They can help friends and family deal with the stress and other emotions associated with caring for someone with cancer.
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