Emotional Support

Note: If you are seeking professional counseling, please speak to your health care provider or contact your health insurance company for a referral to a mental health professional in your geographic area.

*For a complete listing of support and networking groups, E-mail chat groups and Listerserves, please see Support Groups section

Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
(310) 204-7040
(800) 500-9976

LRF has a one-to-one peer support program called the Lymphoma Support Network, a Helpline to provide referrals to community resources and it sponsors a support group in Los Angeles for lymphoma patients, their loved ones, and caregivers.  -See Lymphoma Resources section for a complete listing.

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American Psychosocial Oncology Society
154 Hansen Road, Ste. 201
Charlottesville, VA 22911
1-866-276-7443 (1-866-APOS-4-HELP)
Fax: (434) 977-1856

APOS established a toll-free hot line for cancer patients or patient advocacy organizations to obtain referrals for local counseling and support services throughout the U.S.. The referral program aims to connect patients to psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and social workers skilled in the management of cancer-related distress.

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CancerCare, Inc.
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
(800) 813-HOPE (4673)

CancerCare is a national social service agency founded to help people with cancer, their families, and friends cope with the impact of cancer.  This organization is dedicated to providing psychological support to people with cancer and their families, and community education programs for the general public. CancerCare provides the following services: support groups, educational teleconferences, professional education seminars and consultations, and financial assistance. Free publications are available upon request.

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Cancer Hope Network
2 North Road, Suite A
Chester, NJ 07930-2308
(908) 879-4039
(877) HOPE-NET (467-3638)

Cancer Hope Network provides free, one-on-one emotional support for recently diagnosed adult cancer patients and their families.  Survivors of the same/similar cancer diagnosis and treatment re-instill hope and help patients successfully cope with their cancer and its treatment.  Publications are available upon request free of charge. 

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Cancer Support Community
1050 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-9709

In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community (CSC). The Cancer Support Community continues to optimize patient care by offering support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. The Cancer Support Community provides these emotional and social support services through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online. To find a community-based center in your area, visit  Framing Life With Lymphoma is a new educational program CSC designed to enhance patient and physician communication. To view this resource, visit

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
(800) 955-4572

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers support groups and the First Connection one-to-one peer support program, which links newly diagnosed patients to talk to a lymphoma survivor by phone.

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National Association of Social Workers
750 First Street, NE, Suite 800
Washington, DC  20002-4241

The NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers, Eleventh Edition, is available free for online searchers to find qualified clinical social workers. Users may search the Clinical Register by specialty, city, state, zip code, or name. The NASW Register of Clinical Social Workers provides a listing of clinical social workers that have met national standards for education and experience established by the NASW Competence Certification Commission. 

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Pregnant With Cancer
(800) 743-4471

The Pregnant With Cancer Support Group works to connect pregnant women who have been diagnosed with cancer with those who have had a similar experience. -See Fertility section for complete listing.

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RA Bloch Cancer Foundation, Inc
One H & R Block Way
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816) WE BUILD (932-8453)
(800) 433-0464

The Bloch Cancer Hotline matches cancer patients with a volunteer who has survived the same type of cancer.  This institute also offers free information, resources, publications and support groups.

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Chemo Angels

Chemo Angels is a volunteer group dedicated to adding a ray of sunshine to the lives of those undergoing treatment for cancer. Chemo Angels believe that people who are going through the physical, emotional and mental rigors of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other cancer therapies deserve some pampering and special treatment!   

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