Support Groups and Counseling for Lymphoma
Living with lymphoma presents many new challenges for an individual and his or her family and friends.
- There may be many worries about how the lymphoma will affect one's ability to "live a normal life," that is, to care for family and home, to hold a job, and to continue the friendships and activities one enjoys.
- Many people feel anxious and depressed. Some people feel angry and resentful; others feel helpless and defeated.
For most people with lymphoma, talking about their feelings and concerns can be helpful.
- Friends and family members can be very supportive. They may be hesitant to offer support until they see how the affected person is coping. If the affected person wishes to talk about his or her concerns, it is important to let them know to do so.
- Some people don't want to "burden" their loved ones, or they prefer talking about their concerns with a more neutral professional. A social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful if one wishes to discuss their feelings and concerns about having lymphoma. The treating hematologist or oncologist should be able to recommend someone.
- Many people with lymphoma are helped profoundly by talking to other people who have lymphoma. Sharing such concerns with others who have been through the same thing can be remarkably reassuring. Support groups of people with lymphoma may be available through the medical center where one is receiving treatment. The American Cancer Society also has information about support groups all over the United States.
Medically reviewed by Jeffrey A Gordon, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology
Previous contributing authors and editors:
Author: Wendy Hu, MD,
Consulting Staff, Department of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow
Transplantation, Huntington Memorial Medical Center.
Coauthor(s): Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C, Medical Writer, eMedicine.com, Inc.
Editors: Clarence Sarkodee-Adoo, MD, Consulting Staff,
Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation, City of Hope Samaritan BMT Program;
Mary L Windle, Pharm D, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine.com, Inc; Samuel
Gross, MD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida; Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina; Adjunct Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/5/2014
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