Many families and caregivers of cancer patients experience some degree of depression, anxiety, and fear of losing their loved one. It can cause feelings of anger and frustration, helplessness, and stress over increasing responsibilities in the home. These feelings are considered a normal response to a life-altering experience. For patients, these feelings often arise due to changes in their ability to perform family or work roles, loss of control over life events, changes in body image, fear of pain, fear of death, or fear of the unknown. Talking to people with similar experiences can help you cope with the emotions of cancer.
Doctors Hospital Cancer Care Center offers monthly support groups:
Cancer Survivor Support Group
Second Thursday of every month from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Augusta Oncology Associates
3696 Wheeler Rd
Augusta, GA 30909
Cost: FREE, No RSVP required
Look Good Feel Better™
First Monday of each month from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
3623 J Dewey Gray Cir
Medical Office Bldg 1, Suite 110
Augusta, GA 30909
Led by a licensed cosmetologist supplied by The American Cancer Society, this is a free hands on workshop for female cancer patients to help them cope with and combat appearance-related effects of chemo and radiation therapy. Learn skin care and make-up applications as well as wig/hair techniques. A free gift of full size name brand cosmetics is given to each participant for use during and after the workshop.
Registration is required. Space is limited, reserve your spot today.
Reach to Recovery™
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this service offers one-on-one support and information to women coping with breast cancer. Specially trained survivors serve as volunteers to respond in person or by phone to women facing breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and recurrence.
Road to Recovery™
Assistance is available to any cancer patient needing transportation to area treatment facilities and is sponsored by Doctors Hospital and the Augusta American Cancer Society. Local drivers volunteer through the American Cancer Society and Doctors Hospital reimburses gas mileage. To learn more about support groups sponsored by the Augusta American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.
The Lydia Project, Inc.
The Lydia Project offers a women’s cancer survivorship ministry to help those seeking emotional and spiritual support. Free tote bags are provided to all women undergoing cancer treatment, not just breast cancer patients. The hand-sewn bags serve as symbolic and visual reminders of the organization’s faith-based mission. Each totebag is monogrammed with the words Faith, Hope, or Love, and is filled with cancer-related information, practical items, a prayer request card, and the name of the seamstress who made the tote.