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Education and Support

By attending a support group, you’ll find people with problems similar to yours. Cancer support groups can offer you help dealing with your emotions, practical information about treatment, and tips on how to adjust to life beyond cancer. The key is finding a support group that matches your needs and one in which you feel connected to group members. 

There are different types of cancer support groups designed for different purposes. In general, support groups are led by a professional such as a psychologist, counselor, nurse, or social worker, and emphasize education, emotional support, and the shared experiences of group members. Some support groups are specific to the type of disease, such as breast cancer, while others have a broader focus. 

In addition to traditional support groups, the Internet offers online support. Telephone-conference groups and peer-to-peer support by phone are available through several national organizations, like the American Cancer Society and CancerCare. Internet and telephone options enable you to participate in group support without having to leave your home. 

Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center Support Groups 

GIRL Talk: Support for Women with Gynecologic Cancer 
A support group for women who have been diagnosed with one of the gynecologic cancers. Whether a person is newly diagnosed, actively being treated, or have completed treatment, this group can help. The meetings promote education and discussion about relevant topics. A healthy lunch is provided. 
A reservation is required. Please call (504) 897-8678 for more information or to register for the next group meeting. 

Living a Better Life … after cancer treatment 
This group is for women who have completed cancer treatment and are interested in sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others. The focus of the group is to promote a healthy lifestyle by examining all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. Meetings are held once each month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Cancer Transitions
Cancer Transitions is a FREE six-week LIVESTRONG program designed to help people make the transition from patient to survivor. Experts from Touro's Supportive Cancer Care Center lead conversations about nutrition, survivorship, emotional well-being and more. Meeting dates and location are subject to change so registration is required. Get information or register for the next meeting by calling (504) 897-8678. 

Nurse Navigation
Breast Health Navigators are nursing professionals who are specially trained to coordinate the clinical, educational and supportive needs of our patients who are either facing a possible breast cancer diagnosis or are newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The navigator is here to help the patient and his or her loved ones navigate along the way through what might be an unfamiliar and often anxiety-inducing process.

Click here to learn more and to meet Touro’s Breast Health navigator. 
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