The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Food & Health

October 3, 2013

Emotional support for breast cancer

CLINTON — Breast cancer brings with it many physical, emotional and practical challenges that can be difficult to overcome.

This is true for patients as well as their family members and friends by their side.

Sometimes having a group of supporters in your corner can make a world of difference, and many organizations throughout the world are here to fit that bill.

CancerCare

For nearly 70 years, CancerCare has been offering life-changing services to cancer patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers and the bereaved.

The organization facilitates counseling and support groups, publications, workshops and financial assistance.

Parties interested in pursuing CancerCare’s services can rest assured that all of its offerings are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Call 1-800-813-HOPE for more information.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

This global leader of the breast cancer movement has invested nearly $2 billion since its inception in 1982.

Not only does the organization provide funding for crucial research and services, it offers emotional support to anyone who needs it.

People are urged to call 1-877-GO KOMEN for more information or free support from the group’s trained professionals.

Find Spiritual Help

Many breast cancer patients and survivors rely on their faith in guiding them through the relentless process of treatment.

The power of prayer is palpable in their journeys to find the strength and willpower to battle through rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and emotional valleys.

Many religious communities host support groups, convey close-knit environments and foster a congregation of like-minded citizens willing to offer a helping hand to anyone in need of support.

Hospice

Hospice is a philosophy of patient care that aims to improve the quality of dying by providing pain relief, general care and spiritual support for the ill and their families.

The choice of hospice can be a difficult one because it correlates with one to stop anti-cancer treatment. Breastcancer.org urges all patients to ease the transition process by having a plan in place to handle such demanding decisions.

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