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Support Group

"One of the best things that has happened to me is a telephone support group. I had the opportunity to speak with other women in the same or similar situation as me. It brought me great comfort to be able to speak with these women, share our stories, give each other tips on getting through treatment, being able to have questions answered. I got a feeling of hopefulness in a very frightening time in my life."
— Karen

Listed below are on-going face-to-face support group meetings and classes at our Lebanon, NH, location and the telephone support groups that are available toll-free to anyone in the region. Contact the location where you receive your care to find out what offerings are available near you, and also see our support group listings for Keene and Manchester, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT. 

Face-to-Face Support Groups
Telephone Support Groups

With our telephone support groups, participants call into a toll-free number. These groups are open to anyone living in New England, regardless of where they have received treatment.

Classes and Programs

Support groups help people who are in the hospital, living at home, or newly diagnosed with cancer, as well as family members and friends of people with cancer. They also help people who have lived with cancer for a long time.

In support groups, people discover they are not alone. They learn from the knowledge and experience of others, and receive encouragement, support, and suggestions for dealing with difficult situations. Support groups are a place to share our knowledge and feelings in order to help others.

Common topics include:

  • Therapy decisions
  • Physical effects of the disease and its treatment
  • Dealing with a complex healthcare system
  • Feelings about dependency, disability, and end of life
  • How to live a full life despite limitations
  • The effects of cancer on family and friends
  • Attitudes, philosophies, and beliefs about cancer and its treatment

Read more about the benefits of participating in a support group.