The CanSurvive GYN Cancer Support Group provides support to women with gynecologic cancers, their families, friends, loved ones and the professionals who treat them. We recognize that in addition to excellent medical care, there is a deep need for emotional, spiritual, educational, and financial support when faced with the challenge of a life-threatening illness.
Therefore our goals are to:
- Create a setting in which patients can offer one another emotional, social, and spiritual support
- Provide opportunities to educate others about gynecologic cancers treatments
- Provide financial support for patients, directly or indirectly
- Make it possible for patients and professionals to interact in informal settings
We offer two support meetings a month, and each support meeting is different. We often have speakers or presenters and sometimes we just get together to share and plan. Each year we put together 200-250 gift bags to be given to patients undergoing chemo in November and December. Since at times patients are too ill to attend meetings the meeting and speaker notes are posted on the web site.
Many ladies will exchange email address and telephone numbers so they can stay in touch throughout the month. The best part about CanSurvive is that someone with GYN cancer can meet (in person or even by e-mail, cards, or phone calls) other GYN cancer survivors and find support, encouragement, hope, and know they are not alone. It means so much to talk to someone who has “been there”.
Because most women lose their hair during chemo, from time to time we place bandanas and/or hats in the chemotherapy room. We often send balloons or flowers as a pick-me-up.
CanSurvive members are active in the community to promote awareness of ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers and reach out to all those affected by GYN cancers.
To view pictures from CanSurvive please click here.