Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City is hosting a new support group to fill a gap for those affected by cancer.

Coping with Cancer is designed to help people with cancer and their loved ones understand cancer, manage their lives through treatment and recovery, and find the emotional support they need.

“The group will provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with any cancer diagnosis, from being newly diagnosed to long-term survivors and their support partners,” said Jeannine Williams-Barnard, infusion nurse at Sutter Coast Hospital. “The new group aims to ensure people with cancer are sustained by hope and supported by one another.”

The support group is free and will meet at the hospital twice a month with a discussion facilitated by David Salmon, a licensed clinical social worker at the hospital, and cancer survivor Barbara Kay.

The first meeting is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the large conference room at the hospital at 800 E. Washington Blvd. It will meet on the first and third Monday thereafter.

“The goal is for people to come together to ask questions, get emotional support and information to help them with their journey with cancer,” Williams-Barnard said. “Cancer can feel like a very isolating and lonely experience. Our community doesn’t currently have any groups of this type, and I believe it will help build an atmosphere of support for those who have or are dealing with cancer.”

Studies have shown that cancer support groups can enhance participants’ self-esteem and help reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress.

For more information, call 707-464-8946.

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