Right from the time of diagnosis and onwards during the prolonged treatment stage, cancer patients feel that they are in a vulnerable situation. There is a fear of the unknown and a sense of vacuum. At this time, support of family members is vital morale and self-confidence of the patient remains high.
The second line of emotional backing is provided by support groups. Usually support groups include patients undergoing treatment, cured patients as well as counsellors. The groups meet regularly at a designated place and members interact with each other. Information is exchanged on treatment and experience. Cancer survivors tell their stories as to how they conquered the disease. The sessions of the support group act as a good source of motivation and self-help. With similar problems and concerns, the groups bonded together to share the empathy.