Support Groups Provide Breast Cancer Support During the Holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, this time of year is generally a lot busier and a bit stressful. That stress is surely compounded if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Getting a breast cancer diagnosis becomes an exceedingly difficult proposition to handle during this time of year. With so many things to plan, and an increased focus on other people, you can often forget about your own need for emotional nourishment. Fortunately, there are support groups available to help patients and patient’s loved ones who are currently working through or have survived a breast cancer diagnosis.Support groups are comprised of people from similar life situations who convene on a regular basis to share stories, challenges and find a common voice. A breast cancer support group becomes a secure resource in exchanging ideas about support, solutions and understanding. Not limited to meetings only in person, support groups also meet via telephone and online resources. Memberships can be "open" or "closed" groups that moderate the member flow of participants. Groups can either be moderated by professionals or fellow breast cancer survivors. Each group offers their own advantages and disadvantages, and time should be allotted for members to adjust to the support environment.Professional groups should be licensed in their fields, having some training experience in group leadership. Professionals are required to gracefully communicate with a variety of personalities, knowing how to manage angry or upset group members, or those that have a tendency to take over the conversation.While support groups have been shown to be an effective part of breast cancer management, patients may find that while a support group proves effective during one phase of treatment, these groups may not be as helpful in another phase. For example, those individuals who have been initially diagnosed may not find the answers they need from groups that are in further stages or are dealing with a relapse. Individual counselors in a one-on-one setting can sometimes provide better solutions in managing such issues.The doctors of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging offer compassionate and quality care to all patients visiting our seven SDMI locations throughout Las Vegas and Henderson. To schedule an appointment, give Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging a call at (702) 732-6000, or visit our newly updated website at - As the holiday season draws closer and you need a helping hand, you can always rely on the comprehensive care of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging to provide a professional experience that "Only SDMI" offers.

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