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Coping: Home

For information on managing the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, see our Managing Side Effects InfoGuide.

Videos

Cancer.Net - Navigating Challenges: Finding Emotional Support after a Cancer Diagnosis 

After a diagnosis of cancer, many people find it difficult to get the emotional support they need. This is for different reasons including the fear and uncertainty cancer brings and the complexity of family relationships. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges. This video offers perspectives on this topic from both survivors and health care professionals.

 

American Cancer Society - Tips for Working through the Emotions of Cancer

Going through cancer treatment can be an emotional roller coaster. Psychiatric Oncologist Dr. Wendy Baer gives some tips to keep you moving forward.

Support Groups

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center's Oncology Social Work Services offers many support groups to help patients cope with life with cancer. All programs are offered free-of-charge and are facilitated by professional staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, support groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. For more information including how to register, see the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center calendar or email Rosario Campuzano-Cortez at rcampuza@ridleytreecc.org


Tools for Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis
This group provides a safe place for those who are newly diagnosed with cancer to share and learn coping skills for the cancer journey. The group will discuss common issues that affect most people when they are initially diagnosed, such as shock, sharing the diagnosis or not, regaining control, dealing with a new self-image, living with uncertainty, and more.

Schedule
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Life After Cancer Treatment: Discovering Your New Normal
This group provides a safe place where cancer experiences can be shared and where tools to manage life more effectively during and after cancer treatment will be introduced. Individuals who are one year past diagnosis are welcome to attend.

Schedule
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm


Managing Metastatic Cancer 
This group provides a safe place for those with advanced stage cancer, where patients can openly share with others living with similar challenges. This group explores topics such as talking with family and friends, quality of life, self-care, end of life concerns & advanced care planning.

Schedule
3rd Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Young Adult Support Group
This support group provides a place where young adults, ages 18-40, can share their cancer experience, support one another, and exchange information. This program is offered free-of-charge and is open to young adults in all stages of diagnosis and recovery from cancer.

Schedule
3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Helpful Websites

Books at the Cancer Resource Library

Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

For more information, call (805) 879-5690.  

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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