Each year thousands of women with breast cancer participate in
support groups to help them cope with the disease. Some are
informal gatherings and others are led by trained professionals.
But support groups may not be for everyone.
Beth Brophy speaks with
Abrams , a clinical social worker who has been working with
breast cancer patients and their families for more than 30 years in
Bethesda, Md, and the Washington, DC area. Throughout her career,
Abrams has spoken at medical conferences on various aspects of
Why would someone with with breast cancer want to
join a support group?
Support groups started because 20 or 30 years ago, no one talked
about having breast cancer. Women felt isolated. They had to deal
with it completely on their own. These days, women have many more
options for talking about their breast cancer, yet some women still
remain isolated. They would benefit from joining a support
What are the characteristics of some support
groups that you...
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