Mouth Cancer Support Group

Despite the fact that many people will contract mouth cancer in their lifetime, many victims will feel alone and helpless after learning that they have this disease.

In many mouth cancer cases, the symptoms can be very unpleasant, even painful. It helps to have a mouth cancer support group at this trying time.

There are several online support groups that a victim can attend that eliminate the need to see face-to-face, and this is a good place to start for some patients.

However, offline support groups do offer the face-to-face, in-person contact of a true mouth cancer support group, which many professionals recommend as the best way to help with the emotional as well as practical aspects of this disease.

Joining a Mouth Cancer Support Group

Support groups have proven effective for those suffering from a variety of problems and diseases. Mouth cancer support groups can be just as effective because they offer:

  • Provide information about mouth cancer. Sadly, most victims of mouth cancer are those addicted to tobacco that did not learn about mouth cancer until they discovered the disease. Mouth cancer support groups allow victims to learn about the disease.
  • Help give confidence to face life with mouth cancer. Sometimes when a patient hears that he has any type of cancer, it can feel like the end of the world. Mouth cancer support groups help a patient live their life despite the setback.
  • Inform of products beneficial to mouth cancer treatment. If it is caught in the early stages, mouth cancer is a treatable disease. Mouth cancer support groups can keep their members abreast of the latest treatments and medicines in the field.
  • Provide a great way for people with mouth cancer to meet each other. One advantage that mouth cancer support groups have over one-on-one therapy is that a victim can meet other victims, and not feel like they are all alone. This is especially true of those mouth cancer victims who are trying to quit cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

How to Find a Mouth Cancer Support Group

Patients have several options for finding a mouth cancer support group nearby that fits their needs.

A mouth cancer patient can talk to a licensed counselor, therapist, social worker or member of the clergy who can steer him or her in the right direction. Patients most often open this type of dialogue with professionals, rather than family members and friends to avoid giving additional stress to others. However, patients should not feel like they need to keep friends and family members in the dark about their disease.

Help can also be obtained by contacting the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute. These organizations will be able to help people find a support group specifically targeted for mouth cancer patients at different stages of treatment and recovery.

Going to a mouth cancer support group is often the best way to learn more about the disease, as well as treatment. It is also probably the best way to combat the psychological effects of this disease.

Resources

National Cancer Institute (2007). Cancer Support Groups: Questions and Answers. Retrieved August 15, 2007, from the National Cancer Institute Web site: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/support/support-groups.