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What is a cancer support group?

A cancer support group is a way to connect you with people in a similar medical situation.

Support groups meet on a regular basis in a variety of ways, making it easy to find one that is most convenient for you. Some cancer support groups meet online, while others may talk over the phone or meet face-to-face. Licensed social workers or other medical professionals facilitate most cancer support groups.

Support groups may include people who are being treated for cancer, survivors or family members. Some cancer support groups are defined by diagnosis, age or sex.

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