Given that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month I’ve decided to contribute to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog with a post about different types of lung cancer support groups. To introduce myself, my name is David Haas and I am a patient advocate and researcher for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. I will be writing posts about my research, the benefits of cancer support groups, and the benefits of physical fitness for those diagnosed with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment. This will serve as part one of a three-part series regarding cancer support networks and their benefits. I have interviewed specialists from both the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) and the Lung Cancer Alliance.

Cancer support groups are extremely important to the psyche of the patient who is going through a diagnosis of any kind of cancer. These groups are very willing to give not only information about the cancer they are going through, but also provide a sense of camaraderie and positive outlook towards beating that cancer. While getting information from one’s doctor is extremely valuable, one can also benefit from hearing different views of people who are going through the same treatments. When attending a support group, one can receive information from a variety of different people such as practitioners, people who are going through the same cancer, and people who have beat that cancer. These people can share valuable tips on how they coped with their treatments and also how they kept their body and mind strong through one of life's more difficult ordeals.

Cancer support groups can truly be priceless throughout one’s battle with cancer. There are support groups out there for all types of people and all types of cancer. For lung cancer specific support groups you can consult the list I have compiled at the bottom of this page. I would urge all cancer patients, as well as family members and loved ones, to consider utilizing the support one of these groups can provide you with.

In-Person/Online Support Groups for Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

MARF – Mesothelioma Telephone Support Groups and Teleconferences

Lung Cancer Alliance – support groups by areaonline support groups

Stay tuned for the next part of this series, which will feature a discussion with Mary Hersdorffer of The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.