A Listing of Support Groups for Breast Cancer Survivors
Start here for a snapshot of all the different types of support available to you during breast cancer
We’re not researchers or scientists, but it is not difficult to believe that women who have a strong social support system in the first year after breast cancer diagnosis would have better survival rates and naturally, better quality of life. Support groups for breast cancer survivors are, thankfully, in abundance.
From typical in-person support group meetings to helplines, therapy sessions, online forums, social media, podcasts, blogs and more, it’s not hard to find support groups to match your needs.
What are the different types of support groups for breast cancer survivors?
If you feel more comfortable as one of many in a larger group, and perhaps you’re looking to make new friends, a group support may be a perfect fit for you. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, most support groups for breast cancer survivors offer specific services based on needs or interest. Some are organised according to the stage of your cancer (Stage I, Stage IV, etc.), acknowledging that the needs of the newly diagnosed woman will differ greatly from the needs of someone with a recurrent or metastatic cancer. Other groups may be aimed at young women, who often have particular questions related to children and fertility.
Smaller groups support breast cancer survivors, too
Of course, you may dislike group activities – that’s okay, too. When you’re seeking support you have to find what works for YOU. Your health care team might help by giving you a list of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other types of professionals who work frequently with cancer patients.
Here are some great resources and groups that support breast cancer survivors.
Run by the UK’s leading breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Care, whatever concerns or challenges you’re facing, the team is there to support you from day one. Whether you want to speak to its nurses, join a support group or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now, the charity exists to help you feel more in control.
The cancer charity Macmillan supports 900 independent cancer support groups and organisations across the UK.
A support group for people diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Offers support and advice during treatment and beyond.
Provides support and information if you are concerned about hereditary breast cancer.
Cancer Research UK lists a huge range of resources for people living with, or affected by, breast cancer.
Telephone support via helpline might work, as well. If you’re physically unable to go out but still want the support of other breast cancer survivor groups, this is a good option. Often, these services are staffed by volunteer breast cancer survivors. The resources above also offer support for younger breast cancer survivors.