Support Groups Offered at the OSUCCC-James:
SURVIVOR GROUP FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH CANCERS OF THE HEAD AND NECK
Individuals with cancers of the head and neck encounter many emotional and physical needs. They may experience feelings of loss, helplessness, anxiety, depression, loss of intimacy, stress and frustration. This group will provide an emotionally supportive environment where people with head and neck cancers, and their partners or family members, may express their feelings and concerns. The members can share with others in similar circumstances, learn methods of coping, identify lifestyle changes that will aid in rehabilitation, and focus on mind-body-spirit concerns in creative ways.
This group has recently been established as a local chapter of the Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc. group (SPOHNC).
This group meets on the first Monday of each month.
KIDS CAN COPE, TOO!
This six-week program is designed to help families with children ages 3 through teens cope with the serious illness of a loved one. Children learn about the illness, how to cope and adapt to changes in their lives, identify and accept emotions, and receive support from other kids going through the same experience.
Skilled facilitators guide the children through the age-appropriate activities using dance, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and storytelling.
Children want to return again and again because they have different needs during the illness. The major goal of the program is to celebrate the love and strength of the family during a difficult time.
For more information about these or any other support groups offered by the OSUCCC-James, call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or (614) 293-5066. If you were not treated at the OSUCCC-James, contact the hospital where you received treatment or your local American Cancer Society office to inquire about available support groups in your area.
Upcoming Topics in this Area:
- Dealing with the impacts of treatment
- Returning to a healthy lifestyle after HNC treatment and surgery
- Coping with negative thoughts associated with a HNC diagnosis
- Stages of recovery -- What you should know and look for
- Cancer as a life-altering event
- Concerns of cancer patient caregivers