SOMC, American Cancer Society teaming up to provide cancer support groups

Southern Ohio Medical Center, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, is now offering a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones.

“‘Look Good… Feel Better’ is an ongoing support group that helps patients deal with the way cancer can alter their appearance,” Anna Cardenas of the American Cancer Society said. “We’re there to support our patients with everything from wigs to prosthetics.”

‘Look Good… Feel Better’ participants meet at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the SOMC Cancer Center’s Central Conference Room. The meetings are open to the public though registration is required. According to Cardenas, the meetings can be quite uplifting for the patientsinvolved.

“It’s such an amazing thing. You’ll see people go in there and, before the meeting is over, they’re having a party,” Cardenas said.

Families dealing with cancer will often require support more often than once a month, however. That’s where the Reach to Recovery Program comes in.

The Reach to Recovery Program is for breast cancer patients, and it works by connecting patients with specially trained volunteers who have dealt with similar treatments and conditions.

“SOMC and the American Cancer Society are working to provide the best support structure possible for breast cancer patients,” Cardenas said. “We do that by connecting current patients with others who have been down the same road.”

The only thing a patient needs to do to participate in the Reach to Recovery Program is call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. From there, volunteers will begin working to provide patients with the support they require.

To learn more about support groups available to cancerpatients, contact the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7490. To register to participate in ‘Look Good… Feel Better,’ call 1-800-395-LOOK.