Coping with life-threatening illness is a heavy burden to carry alone, so it is not surprising that one of the most helpful of many strategies associated with cancer is the help of a support group. In fact, research by Dr. David Spiegel at Stanford and others has shown that coping with the stress factors associated with cancer may not only increase peace of mind, but may also improve one’s physical condition.

Started in 1990, our Coping with Cancer Support Group provides an opportunity for persons with any stage of cancer, as well as family members or friends of someone with cancer, to come together to discuss concerns and share ideas in a safe and welcoming environment.

Information, support, and stress management strategies are provided to help improve coping with this serious illness. Confidentiality is key to the success of the group, as is a non-judgmental attitude, and participants feel free to pursue whatever type of treatment they feel is appropriate for them.

Meetings are facilitated by a health care professional and are held at our Palliative and Supportive Care office every other Monday from 1-2:30pm.

Private sessions with a member of our professional staff for education, basic counseling, and support are also available.

All services are provided free of charge.

For further information, please contact us at 508-825-8325 or pascon@partners.org.

Funded by the Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket Foundation, the Palliative & Supportive Care Program is operated as a department of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare. Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket is a specialized health care program dedicated to providing excellent physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care to persons with life-threatening illness and their families.

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