Find connection and support from others who understand
Cancer support groups are a forum for people affected by upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer to come together in a supportive environment to share their lived experience. PanSupport groups involve discussion on a range of topics, from the impact of diagnosis, accessing treatment and available services to understanding how to manage symptoms, live better and build strength. The sharing of information, learnings and experience within the upper GI cancer community benefits the wider group.
PanSupport groups meet in a variety of locations, both face-to-face and online, and provide a range of benefits to patients, carers and their families. The opportunity for social interaction, ability to talk about sensitive issues and challenges in a supportive environment, a feeling of greater control, empowerment and enhanced emotional wellbeing are all benefits that you may experience by taking part.
PanSupport group sessions may also feature a guest speaker, such as a nurse, doctor, nutritionist, social worker, physiotherapist or pharmacist to provide people with more information and education about specific topics, leading to a greater capacity to feel in control of health outcomes.
Why join a support group?
A diagnosis of cancer can be very stressful. Support groups can help you cope with the emotional and physical aspects by providing a safe place to share feelings and experiences. Based upon mutual respect and a shared understanding of a cancer diagnosis, support groups provide an opportunity to connect with peers to provide shared insight, learnings and support.
Some of the many reasons to join include:
- for encouragement, optimism and inspiration
- to receive and provide others with support
- to gain relief from feelings of fear and depression
- to avoid feeling isolated and alone
- to feel cared for – it’s like being part of a family
- to meet others who are going through the same thing as you
- to talk it through so you feel less anxious about your cancer
- to be able to ask questions and discuss your concerns
- to learn more about pancreatic and upper GI cancer.
Find the right support group for you
Support groups for patients and carers
Find a range of online and face-to-face support groups for people living and careering for people affected by an upper gastrointestinal cancer