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Cancer support groups

No matter how supportive doctors, nurses, friends and family are, it can often be useful to talk to people who are going through a similar experience.

Some support groups for people with cancer are locally run agencies. These usually consist of groups of people who meet at regular intervals to share their experiences and learn from each other. Nationally run support groups often have a telephone network and can frequently put people in touch who have the same type of cancer who live locally. Many support groups also have website and online communities which allow people to share their experiences online.

Details of the local groups in Dorset are available from staff in the Dorset Cancer Centre.

Organisations such as Macmillan have a directory of support groups and are able to help patients find appropriate groups. Please visit Macmillan Cancer Support.

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