“I am a cancer survivor.” Each person claims this statement
differently. For some is after surgery or at the end of treatment.
Others wait until the five-year “all clear” mark. According to the
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the term cancer survivor
refers to people from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.
At St.Vincent Cancer Care, survivorship is not an event. It is a
process along the healing continuum. We offer support and care for
survivors and their loved ones, also known as co-survivors, at any point
along the journey.
A recent survey showed that 100 percent of support group attendees
reported feeling less lonely and more knowledgeable about cancer because
they attended a support group. Support groups can help improve coping
skills, decrease stress, help one feel less isolated and find meaning in
the cancer experience by meeting with people facing a similar
St.Vincent Cancer Care offers free psychosocial programs including
weekly support groups for patients and caregivers, art therapy, and
various educational programs to help educate and teach new coping
skills. For a complete list of programs, please see our calendar here or contact Julie Smith, MSW, LCSW at (317) 338-3551 or Julie.Smith2@stvincent.org.