Finding Comfort & Connections: Cancer Support Groups in Arizona

Cancer support groups help people connect with others who have cancer or who have completed treatment. There are also support groups for spouses, family members, and friends of those dealing with cancer. Some groups are formal with a mental health provider leading it. Others are informal with a more social environment. There are even online support groups.

You can find cancer support groups through cancer related websites, or locally through the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Support groups are an essential aspect of patient care at the Cancer Center, where we offer a variety of support groups for patients, their family, and caregivers. If you are looking for a cancer support group in Arizona, visit our website or call 844.248.4231.


Benefits of Cancer Support Groups

Cancer support groups offer safe places to express your feelings, hopes, and fears with people who are also facing cancer. A cancer support group can improve your quality of life by providing:

  • Emotional support
  • Information and education
  • Social support, especially for people who do not have a significant family or friend presence


Types of Cancer Support Groups

Cancer support groups provide support in different ways:

  • Age-specific support groups include members of a certain age group, such as teens or senior citizens with cancer.
  • All cancer types support groups are open to anyone with any kind of cancer.
  • Cancer-specific support groups include members with a specific type of cancer, such as breast cancer or lung cancer.
  • Cancer stage-specific support groups include members at certain stages of cancer, such as end-stage metastatic cancer or recurrent cancer.
  • Caregiver support groups are open to spouses, caregivers, family members, or friends of those with cancer. Cancer touches the lives of these people as well and they often need help dealing with their experiences.
  • Informational support groups often have a professional leader. These groups provide cancer-related information, usually through invited speakers. They may offer health information as well as practical advice.
  • Online support groups may provide a range of services, including news, bulletin boards, discussion groups, and chat rooms.
  • Peer-led support groups offer self-help. Members of the group facilitate conversation and lead the group.
  • Professional-led support groups have a licensed mental health provider facilitating the conversation.


Coping with Cancer at Dignity Health

Different types of cancer support groups can meet different needs. Consider what kind of support you are seeking — emotional, educational, social, or a combination. Also, consider whether you wish to remain anonymous or if you want face-to-face interaction. Work with your cancer care team to find the right match for you.

If you join a group that doesn’t meet your needs, consider trying another group or seeking individual counseling. If a support group is too much, try other activities that still allow you to connect with others. Examples include book clubs, cooking classes, outdoor activity clubs, or other hobby groups.

Connecting cancer patients and survivors, Dignity Health offers cancer support groups in Arizona.