Cancer Support Group Hopes to Improve Quality of Life

A new Cancer Support Group is forming in Douglas County, as a joint effort between Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society. The first meeting is Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Oncology Waiting Room at the hospital.

“Survivorship means different things to different people, but cancer survivors want to participate in daily activities and achieve the highest quality of life possible.” explains Liv Frost, social worker at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. “Offering this support group opportunity is in response to the needs voiced by the individuals and the community served by the Oncology Center here at LMH.”

Support-group services are one source of help for people dealing with the emotional and family issues that can result from chronic illness. Recent research underscores the positive effect of group participation on an individual’s ability to cope and on a person’s own evaluation of his or her quality of life, according to the American Cancer Society.

The Cancer Support Group will hold monthly meetings, on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, to help people with any type of cancer diagnoses and/or family members or those affected by cancer. For more information about this support group, call Liv Frost at 785-505-2807.

For cancer information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Cancer Support Group meets first Wednesday of the month at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 5:30 p.m.

Cancer Support Group meets first Wednesday of the month at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 5:30 p.m. by Jill Sittenauer

Comments

Marilyn Hull 6 years, 1 month ago

This is a great idea. Sometimes, you just need a "safe" place to air your cancer fears and struggles out of earshot of your family and close friends. Maintaining mental health was my biggest challenge during treatment.

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