MAYWOOD, Ill. - A diagnosis of cancer affects the patient as well as their family and friends. All can struggle with shock, disbelief, fear, anxiety, guilt, sadness, anger and other strong emotions that may make it difficult for them to cope.
For those overwhelmed by a cancer diagnosis, support groups provide opportunities to gain comfort and hope from listening to another patient's experiences, sharing oneâs own story or getting the latest information from medical professionals. The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center of Loyola University Hospital in Maywood offers a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers. A social worker, nurse or psychologist leads the groups, which also provide information and practical help to participants. The groups include:
* Brain Tumor Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Group will meet in September and October.
* Breast Cancer Networking Group - Meets from 6-7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Group will meet in September, October and November.
* Gastroenterology Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in September, October and November. Appropriate for patients, family and friends dealing with one of the following cancer diagnoses: esophageal, stomach, intestinal, colon, rectal, anal, bile duct, gallbladder, pancreatic and liver.
* Lung Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in September, October and November.
* Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Networking Group - Group meets from 6-7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in September, October and November.
Meetings are free and take place in the Image Renewal Center Conference Room in the Cancer Center. Registration is not required and refreshments are provided. Parking is available in the Cancer Center parking lot. For more information, call (708) 327-2042.