Many research studies have shown that group support can improve quality of life by reducing feelings of isolation, stress and anxiety in people affected by cancer. It can also improve two-way communication between patients and health care teams. Across the state, Cancer Council Victoria recognises over 120 community-led groups for people affected by cancer.
Cancer support groups (CSGs) provide an opportunity for people affected by cancer to meet for discussions in an emotionally supportive environment. The aims of a CSG are that:
Cancer Council Victoria’s CSG leaders receive training in communication skills, empathic understanding and dealing with confronting situations such as grief, loss, anger and difficult group dynamics.
Whether you’d like to establish a new group or are involved in an existing CSG, we can assist with queries about training, support, group leadership and obtaining recognition by Cancer Council Victoria. Call us on 13 11 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org