Cancer Support Group To Begin Wednesday

A cancer support group will be held at the Jamestown YMCA beginning Wednesday. It will be open to all cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones. The aim of the group is to support cancer patients on their journey from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.

The meeting will begin with a brief educational component provided by a cancer specialist. The topic for the first meeting will be cancer basics including what cancer is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Ample time will then be provided to ask questions, share insights or concerns and provide general support for each other. The goal will be to help participants achieve greater health and happiness in all aspects of their lives. Consequent session topics would be on specific cancers such as breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, or other topics requested by participants.

Benefits of participating in a support group of this nature can include feeling less lonely, isolated or judged; gaining a sense of empowerment and control; improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment; talking openly and honestly about your feelings; reducing distress, depression or anxiety; developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation; getting practical advice or information about treatment options; as well as opportunities to compare notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options.

The group will meet on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. beginning Sept. 18 and run through Oct. 23. Light refreshments will be provided.

There is no charge to participate. However, advance registration by Tuesday is being requested to ensure sufficient handouts and refreshments are available during the meetings. To register, call or visit the Jamestown YMCA, 101 E. Fourth St., 664-2802.