For some, making new friends comes easily. But for many, it is not so simple. Add in a personal or family challenge, and the thought of reaching out to a stranger can seem downright overwhelming. When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, reaching out may feel like the last thing you want to do, but in fact, accepting support may help reduce some of the stresses you’re going through. If you’re not yet ready to attend a support group in person, or perhaps prefer to relax and home while connecting, online support groups can be a wonderful opportunity. They can be found through numerous organizations that have a particular focus, such as breast or colon cancer, or specialize in supporting caregivers. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Have a question? Contact Boston Cancer Support
MyBCTeam is a social network and online support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. MyBCTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best team of breast cancer providers and peers who are living with or have survived breast cancer. Share with others like you, and learn from their experience.
Anyone impacted by a diagnosis of cancer knows that the sense of isolation, loss of control, feelings of helplessness, the desire to connect, and even celebrate good news. The Living Room provides a place where anyone impacted by cancer can find support, education and hope. Connect through more than 20 cancer message boards, including a space for teens impacted by cancer.
What We Talk About, created by the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, is intended to be a place where the community of people, both ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the hospital can come to read, write, and think about the terms that connect to cancer.
Cancer Hope Network is a national non-profit that provides free, confidential one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients, caregivers, and their family members. Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients or family members with trained volunteer cancer survivors who themselves, have undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.
iCancerHealth helps patients, their caregivers and medical teams to share information more easily. Free and easy-to-use, the app can be downloaded on your computer, tablet and phone. Manage medications; Track & report symptoms to your doctor; Reach out and connect with other patients; Involve your caretaker(s); Store and share medically relevant information; Record changes in your overall health; Access resources and information from Cancer Hope Network Click HERE. for to sign up for your free account.
Cancer Wellness TV is a free online platform providing videos, articles and information about complementary cancer therapies and cancer support issues. They have gathered some of the top experts in the world of cancer integrative therapy: Oncologists, Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists, Mind-Body Practitioners, Psychologists and others whose life work is with cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, sharing their knowledge with those who need it.
PatientsLikeMe is a for-profit company, but not one with a “just for profit” mission. We follow four core values: putting patients first, promoting transparency (“no surprises”), fostering openness and creating “wow.” We’re guided by these values as we continually enhance our platform, where patients can share and learn from real-world, outcome-based health data. We’ve also centered our business around these values by aligning patient and industry interests through data-sharing partnerships. We work with trusted nonprofit, research and industry Partners who use this health data to improve products, services and care for patients.
MyHealthTeams creates social network for chronic condition communities. We believe that when you or a loved one are diagnosed with a disease, it should be easy to connect with people just like you, who can share their experiences, and help you discover the best people around to help you.
Online Support Groups Through CancerCare:
- Healing with Words — A Therapeutic Writing Group
- LGBT Caregiver Support Group
- Men With Cancer Support Group
- Post-Treatment Survivorship Support Group
Read this report by The National Alliance for Caregiving entitled:
“Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving.”
Were you isolated during cancer treatment? Stupid Cancer’s mobile app connects you to a network of peers who understand what you’re going through. They’ve been there, too. You have a right to know they exist and say hello.
My Cancer Coach, developed in partnership with BreastCancer.org and Fight Colorectal Cancer, is a free mobile tool, designed for cancer patients, to provide specific information about personalized cancer treatment options and to help manage your cancer journey. The Cancer Coach provides breast and colon cancer patients with treatment information specific to their diagnosis, includes calendar, note-taking and audio-recording functions, and has a glossary of terms as well as links to additional resources. For iPhone and Android
CaringBridge connects you with the support of friends and family when its needed most.CaringBridge for iPhone/iPad makes it simple: create a website, visit a friend’s page, add updates or encouraging notes, and share your story. For iPhone and Android.
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship has created the Pocket Cancer Guide. Browse hundreds of questions in categories relevant to stages of your cancer diagnosis. Build lists of questions to use when speaking with your doctor/nurse. Record and playback answers; link appointments; explore extensive glossary to learn more about terminology. For iPhone