Port Charlotte, FL – (August 1, 2016) – Fawcett Memorial Hospital, an HCA affiliate, now offers a cancer support group for cancer patients, their families and care givers. The group meets the last Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided.
Research shows that social support has benefits for cancer patients, those recovering from treatment and their family and loved ones by reducing anxiety and stress, emotional distress and depression, fatigue and the experience of pain which improving mood, self-image, ability to cope with stress, and feelings of control. In addition, having a supportive social network can help with recovery and adjusting to life after treatment. The support group allows those experiencing a cancer diagnosis to cope with the emotional aspects by providing a safe place to share their feelings and challenges with allowing people to learn from others facing similar situations.
“As Charlotte County’s only oncology program accredited by the Commission on Cancer, we wanted to provide this resource to the community in order to support those dealing with a cancer diagnosis or treatments, regardless of what stage they are in. Research shows that support groups can help aid recovery as those in the group can learn from each other, and feel less alone during a trying and emotional time in their lives,” said Janine Youngblood, director of the oncology program at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
Cancer patients and their family members are encouraged to attend. Active participation is not required, listeners are welcome. Physicians and other health professionals will periodically speak to the group on cancer related topics. For more information or to RSVP, please call Fawcett’s oncology patient navigators at (941) 624-8318.