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Psychological Cancer Support: Phone or In Person

By Jeannine Walston


Telephone support as well as in-person support can provide helpful assistance to people with cancer and also caregivers. These forms of support contain the medicine of connection and offer new insights with, through, and beyond cancer.

Telephone Support

Do you sometimes want to talk with another person offering knowledge and understanding about your situation? Sometimes people with cancer need a compassionate listener in conversation with them on the other end of the phone line with some knowledge and understanding about their particular world in the midst of cancer.

Are you aware that some non-profit organizations offer psychosocial telephone support from trained professionals?

American Psychosocial Oncology Society
1-866-276-7443
Obtain referrals for local counseling services throughout the United States. This referral program aims to connect cancer patients and their caregivers to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and counselors skilled in the management of cancer-related distress.

CancerCare

1-800-813-4673
Oncology social workers help cancer patients and their loved ones find ways to cope with the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. This might include learning new ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis, exploring and managing feelings, communication with family members, and other cancer resources. Support is available over the phone and in person. Face-to-face support is provided in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Online and telephone support groups are also conducted through CancerCare.

Cancer Hope Network
1-800-552-4366
Matches cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.

Cancer Support Community
1-888-793-WELL
Cancer Support Community united The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club offering a number of support in the United States over the phone and in person, including Cancer Support Helpline, online support groups, in person cancer support groups, educational programs, networking groups, lectures, workshops, social activities, radio show, and other services.

LIVESTRONG Navigation
1-866-673-7777
Provides free, confidential, one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, including cancer patients, loved ones, friends, or caregivers. Health professionals may request help on behalf of a client or patient. Services are available in English and Spanish. Psychosocial concerns addressed include emotion coping, a telephone or on-line support group, and bereavement resources.

Another Cancer Resource

National Cancer Institute’s Organizations That Offer Support Services shares information about over 100 organizations nationwide that provide emotional, practical, and financial support services for people with cancer and even their families.

Non-Profit Organizations Specializing in Specific Cancer Types

We recommend that you explore services available through non-profits with expertise in your cancer type. Although some issues confronted by people with cancer and their loved ones are universal, others are unique to the location of the disease. Non-profits may have staff members that are social workers and/or nurses who offer technical information as well as psychosocial support to people affected by cancer by telephone.

JeannineWalston.com does not list currently provide cancer specific non-profit organizations. If you have not already, we suggest that you locate these organizations through Internet searches and resources with lists or directories of cancer specific non-profits.

In-Person Support

Many organizations offer face-to-face support to cancer patients, including cancer support groups. The following resources for in-person support provide either regional or national services in the United States. Other local resources may be available in your community.

CancerCare
1-800-813-4673
Oncology social workers help cancer patients and their loved ones find ways to cope with the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. This might include learning new ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis, exploring and managing feelings, communication with family members, and other cancer resources. Free face-to-face support and educational workshops are provided in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Cancer Support Community
1-888-793-WELL
Cancer Support Community united The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club offering a number of support in the United States over the phone and in person, including Cancer Support Helpline, online support groups, in person cancer support groups, educational programs, networking groups, lectures, workshops, social activities, radio show, and other services.

Other Related-Resources

  •  Explore other types of helpful connections with, through, and beyond cancer in Online Cancer Support.