Some people find that having the opportunity to talk about their cancer and how they are feeling can help them feel less distressed. Peer support groups give people the chance to meet and talk with people who have been through or are going through similar experiences. Often people say they feel less anxious and alone and more optimistic about the future after meeting with a support group.

Not everyone likes support groups, so don’t feel pressured to join one. Some people prefer one-on-one support from someone who has been through a similar experience.

Peer groups and one-on-one support don’t always have to be face-to-face and can take place over the telephone or internet.

Many hospitals or cancer centres also offer programs where people and their families can receive information about cancer in a group and discuss how they are coping.

For information about cancer support groups in your area, talk to your general practitioner, community nurse or call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.