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Get Support During Treatment for Kaposi Sarcoma

Dealing with your questions and feelings is often easier as you learn more about cancer and get support from others. Your healthcare team can answer your questions. Talking with friends and family or others who have had cancer can also be helpful. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of your religious organization may help you talk about your feelings, as well.

Recognizing your feelings can help you cope with them and that in turn may help ease some of your symptoms and the side effects of therapy. Pain, for instance, gets worse with stress. Many people with cancer attend support groups where they share what they’ve learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some ways you may find support:

  • Talk with a nurse or social worker at your hospital or clinic. Ask them to suggest a local or national support group. These groups may offer emotional support, information, financial aid, transportation, home care, or other services.

  • Call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4CANCER (1-800-422-6237). They have information on resources.

  • Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345). This nonprofit organization helps patients and their families.