year.One in 8 American women and 1 in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each
Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their
loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources
and support groups.
In the Garden City area, Adelphi's is available to residents. Call 800-877-8077 with questions and
to get current and useful information and resources.
Additionally, Hewlett House in Hewlett hosts weekly support groups for women on Tuesdays. They also offer several other free weekly support groups and classes. Click here for more information.
“Support groups are really beneficial,” says Debra Somerrs Copit, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a member of the medical advisory board for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
“When patients are told they’re sick, it can be an out of body
experience and they aren’t taking in everything the doctor is saying. It
can be helpful to have someone to turn to and learn from who has gone
through the same thing,” says Copit, who is a breast cancer survivor
Not only do groups offer emotional support, but being a part of a
support group can actually help patients feel less depressed and can
help to reduce physical pain, according to a 2001 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Patients who aren’t big fans of group settings but still want to reap
the benefits can turn to technology. It’s hard to duplicate in-person
support groups on the web, but the recently launched breast cancer
specific social networking platform, MyBreastCancerTeam comes close.
The site and mobile app caters to breast cancer survivors, and women
who have been recently diagnosed. Users can find suggestions for
doctors and find similar users based on location, diagnosis and age.
Members also have access to peer-driven Q&A section where they can
read and write posts.
TELL US: Do you know of any breast cancer support groups in the community? How have they helped you?