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Where to Find Support for Kidney Cancer

Dealing with your feelings is often easier as you learn more about the cancer and get support from other people. Your healthcare team can answer your questions. Talking with friends and family or others who have had cancer can help. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy may help you talk about your feelings. Recognizing your feelings can help you cope with them and that in turn may help ease some of your symptoms and side effects. Many people with cancer go to support groups where they share what they have learned about cancer and its treatments. Here are some ways to find support:

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

  • Call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 800-4-CANCER (800-422-6237). They can tell you about resources.

  • Call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345 (800-227-2345). It is a nonprofit organization that helps people with cancer and their families.