If you have been affected by cancer, Cancer Council Queensland can provide you with information regarding a range of support groups operating across Queensland. There are groups for most types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colorectal, lung and head and neck cancers as well as non-specific cancer support groups. While Cancer Council Queensland does not run any of these support groups, we can refer you to independent community support groups or interstate Cancer Council support groups that may be suitable for your needs.
A support group can occur face to face, on the phone or online and consist of two or more people who come together regularly and voluntarily to discuss shared experiences.
Support groups provide an opportunity for people to share their experiences and feelings with others who are going through similar experiences. The group leader or facilitator may lead a discussion about particular topics or experiences.
A meeting could involve laughter, tears, empathy, love, acceptance and learning something new. Groups can also help participants become more informed about cancer-related topics, such as treatments, side effects, exercise and nutrition, relationships and life after cancer. Most groups regularly invite speakers to present topics of interest at meetings. Guest speakers may include doctors, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, naturopaths and pharmacists.