Piedmont Newnan Offers Support Groups for Oncology Patients and Their Caregivers
From Piedmont Newnan Hospital
At Piedmont Newnan’s Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness Center, located next to the hospital in Piedmont Medical Plaza I (775 Poplar Road, Suite 340), oncology patients and their caregivers can participate in support groups each month, led by Shannon Wooten, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker at Piedmont Newnan.
The Oncology Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is open to patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, in treatment, or have completed treatment.
There are many benefits to patients who attend a support group including an opportunity to meet people who have overcome a cancer diagnosis and treatment and the chance to discuss your feelings with people who can relate. It can also help those with anxiety or stress to feel better, and more hopeful, and not so alone.
The Caregivers Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is open to caregivers of people with chronic illness, including those battling cancer.
Caregiver Support Groups have many benefits for the caregiver as well. Many of those who attend form friendships within the group, which can reduce loneliness, isolation, anxiety and distress, and also help establish a network of caring friends who can relate. Caregivers also get advice from other caregivers regarding practical solutions, and can share their tips and improve or learn new healthy coping skills and gain a sense of empowerment and control.
Support groups are overall beneficial to those receiving care and those caring for loved ones as they help someone cope with their new normal and be more hopeful for the future.
For more information on our oncology and caregiver support groups, email [email protected] or call 770-400-4052.