Breast Cancer Support Groups near Brecksville

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some local breast cancer support groups.

One in eight American women and one in 1,000 American men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that more than 2 million people are diagnosed with breast cancer and fight for their lives each year.

Breast cancer is difficult to face alone—for both patients and their loved ones. To help in the battle, there are a number of local resources and support groups.

The Brecksville-based Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition, which focuses on legislative and research advocacy, lists local support groups on its website. The groups include those at Stewart's Caring Place and The Gathering Place, both bloggers on Patch. 

The coalition does not offer a regular support group, but those types of opportunities do arise. The organization is hosting a Breast Cancer seminar at the Brecksville Community Center from 12 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 20. The bulk of the discussion will focus on the group’s goal of eliminating breast cancer by 2020, but there will also be time for a support group at the end of the meeting. 

“Support groups are really beneficial,” says Debra Somers Copit, MD, Director of Breast Imaging at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and a member of the medical advisory board for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

“When patients are told they’re sick, it can be an out of body experience and they aren’t taking in everything the doctor is saying. It can be helpful to have someone to turn to and learn from who has gone through the same thing,” says Copit, who is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Not only do groups offer emotional support, but being a part of a support group can actually help patients feel less depressed and can help to reduce physical pain, according to a 2001 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients who aren’t big fans of group settings but still want to reap the benefits can turn to technology. It’s hard to duplicate in-person support groups on the web, but the recently launched breast cancer specific social networking platform, MyBreastCancerTeam comes close.

The site and mobile app caters to breast cancer survivors, and women who have been recently diagnosed. Users can find suggestions for doctors and find similar users based on location, diagnosis and age. Members also have access to a peer-driven Q&A section where they can read and write posts.

While a web platform may be useful for some, Copit worries that online forums can sometimes trigger the spread of misinformation. She suggests that patients who can’t make it to an in-person support group try calling a phone line.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer has a confidential survivors’ helpline that connects patients with others of similar background going through a similar situation. Call (888) 753-LBBC (5222) for more information.

TELL US: Do you know of any breast cancer support groups in the community? How have they helped you?

Lillian Taylor October 11, 2012 at 09:15 AM
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 70 years old. For some reason, I did not panic, nor did I ever feel negative about being cured. Perhaps this was because my sister-in-law had been cured of lung and uterine cancer way back in the 1970's. Her doctor had told her that one of the main reasons she had been cured was her positive attitude. My experience was similiar to hers. My brush with breast cancer was over 14 years ago.
Rachel Abbey McCafferty October 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Thank you for sharing, Lillian. I'm glad to hear you were able to overcome breast cancer.


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