WE ARE HERE TO HELP IN MANY WAYS
There has been extensive research on the positive effects of support groups as a method of coping with cancer, improving quality of life, and–in some studies—even increasing survival.
Research has shown that support groups help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control, and loss of hope.
People who participate in support groups report significant decreases in depression, increased zest for life, and a new attitude toward their illness.
In our practice, you will find strength and support from our team of practitioners and office staff as well as the other patients around you. When you come to our practice, you become part of our SWWO family. Our patients are the best ambassadors and guides for others who need our care, and our environment fosters interaction at whatever level you may seek. Those that have come before you have a wealth of knowledge and insight that is invaluable in your journey with us.
TYPES OF CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS
There are many different types of support groups that provide emotional support for cancer. Some are professionally facilitated while some are facilitated by fellow cancer survivors. Some groups are disease specific or gender-specific, and they can vary in duration.
Ask our doctors and providers, look in our community, and search online to find one that’s right for you. A support group can become a lifeline for information, support, and encouragement through good times and bad. Most support groups are free-of-charge and meet on an ongoing basis in your community. Learn more or join one of the Cancer Support Community’s online cancer support groups.
Here in New Mexico, the Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Project (GCAP) is a local group that coordinates walks, coffee meet ups, fashion shows, and other social events for patients with breast and gynecologic cancers. Another group, the Cancer Services of New Mexico, hosts biannual retreats for cancer patients and their families, offers legal and counselling assistance, and has many resources for families in our community dealing with cancer. These are two fantastic local resources for you.
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE AND FAMILY COUNSELING
Some patients may prefer individual counseling. Speak to our doctors if you would like to pursue this as an individual or a family, and we can make a referral to you. We know many professionals we trust and respect. One of our counselors, Dr. Kate, is a nationally acclaimed author and life coach and has led seminars and individual sessions for many of our patients. Her intimate understanding of what our patients go through is invaluable for you.