Cork ARC Cancer Support House provides support groups, free of charge, for cancer patients with a common diagnosis.

These groups are a chance for you to talk to other people in a similar situation and learn from each other ways of managing the difficulties experienced with cancer. The focus is on information, managing the emotions that come with a diagnosis, learning from others and evidence based strategies that can help you develop or improve your coping skills.

Research demonstrates that attending a group can enhance your recovery. All of our groups are facilitated and co-facilitated by experienced group facilitators. You can contact us to make an appointment and to find out if this group would be suitable for you.

Breast Cancer Support Group

When treatment ends, it can be a vulnerable time. You may find a sense of relief, but also one of being cast adrift and it can take time to regain confidence. Nothing helps as much as the shared experience. 

This support group is for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and who have completed treatment.  It is facilitated to create a safe space where people who are finished their cancer treatment can share experiences.

I felt strangely alone when my treatment ended, so I joined the Cork ARC breast cancer support group. It was so helpful to hear other people’s experiences and realise I was not alone - knowing that what you feel is both normal and natural.

The benefits of the group encourage people to live their lives in wellness.  It runs every Friday from 10.30-13.00 for 8 weeks, twice a year and is co-facilitated by Fiona Moriarty, our Breast Cancer Nurse Counsellor and another trained Counsellor.

Our next Breast Cancer Support Group commences on Friday 30th September, 2016


PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Getting to grips with prostate cancer can be very tough especially if you are dealing with side effects. Talking with a professional can help, but being able to share your experience in a safe space with others who have prostate cancer can be more powerful than anything else.

At Cork ARC Cancer Support House, we provide the opportunity for men diagnosed with prostate cancer to join our prostate support group.

It is run over 6 weeks providing some educational and psychological support. Input from a Clinical Nurse Specialist will help you to understand the treatments and side effects. Sharing your experience can help you deal with the impact on your personal life. The group is facilitated by an experienced male facilitator. 

No one wants to find themselves in this situation least of all talk about in a group, I would never have believed beforehand a group would help me, now I can say the tips and advice I got for navigating my day to day life were what got me through.