Each cancer diagnoses comes with its own set of challenges for each patient. But the one thing that each patient has in common is their need for a support system. Cancer patients are constantly seeking people to listen to them, who understand their state of mind and can be a source of inspiration. Studies have shown that peer cancer support groups and support systems result in improved relationships and a better state of mind as they go through treatment. In Houston, there are several support groups ready to talk to you and your family. Here are a few options we hope you explore.
The Rose- Breast Cancer
The Rose’s quality breast health care does not end at diagnosis. Their Patient Navigators are available to help navigate through the medical maze. They also understand the value of support that only other women who are dealing with breast cancer can offer. Let them help connect you with others who can offer experience, hope, and strength. For more information on available support groups please call Elizabeth Esparza in Patient Navigation at 281-464-5153.
US TOO- Prostate Cancer Support
US TOO is an international group that promotes education and support for men with Prostate Cancer, their families, and their friends. Monthly meetings via zoom provide a forum for medical experts to inform group members about treatment options and post-treatment issues in a large group setting. If you want to see if this support group is right for you, recordings of previous meetings are available on their website. For more information on local support groups, call their Houston office number at 713-972-0840.
Hosted at TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network facilities, Memorial Hermann support groups are always open to the public. Their variety of support groups are aimed at addressing the individual needs of each patient. The cancer support is hosted the second Wednesday of each month, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Located in the South Tower-Classroom B at 1635 North Loop West, Houston, TX 77008. For more information contact 713-222-CARE (2273).
MD Anderson Cancer Center
MD Anderson has several different support groups to choose from. From cancer patients, to care givers, to survivors MD Anderson provides a support group for everyone effected by the diagnosis. With meetings Mondays-Fridays between 3-6pm, there’s always an available time to get help and support. Patients and caregivers are asked to RSVP ahead of time and include their name, MRN (if MD Anderson patient or caregiver), and group preference for attendance. Online support groups are also available during this time. More information about MD Andersons support groups can be found at their website.
Through CancerCare’s online network, you can connect not only with other cancer patients, but loved ones and people who have lost a loved one. Online support groups take place using a password-protected message board format and are held for 15 weeks at a time. All online groups are led by oncology social workers. Group members must register to join. After completing the registration process (which can take up to 2-3 business days), members can participate by posting in the groups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These are just a few of the many support groups that are locally here for you and your family. No one should have to go through cancer alone and in Houston you are always supported by Premier Patient Housing as you navigate through this difficult time.