Finding support groups for blood cancer patients can provide invaluable emotional support, shared experiences, and practical advice throughout your journey. Here are several ways to locate and join support groups:

1. Healthcare Provider Referrals

  • Oncology Team: Your oncologist, nurse practitioner, or social worker at the treatment center can recommend local support groups or online communities specific to blood cancers.

2. National and International Organizations

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): LLS offers local support groups, online chats, and educational resources for patients and families dealing with blood cancers.
  • American Cancer Society (ACS): ACS provides information on support groups, helplines, and community programs for cancer patients, including those with blood cancers.
  • Cancer Support Community: This organization offers online support groups, in-person meetings, and educational workshops for individuals affected by all types of cancer, including blood cancers.

3. Online Resources and Forums

  • Smart Patients: A community platform where patients and caregivers can connect, ask questions, and share experiences related to specific types of cancer, including blood cancers.
  • CancerCare: Offers online support groups, telephone counseling, and educational resources for cancer patients and their loved ones.
  • Facebook Groups: Many patient advocacy groups and organizations have Facebook groups dedicated to specific types of blood cancers, providing a space for peer support and information sharing.

4. Local Hospitals and Cancer Centers

  • Support Services: Hospitals and cancer centers often host support groups for patients undergoing treatment. Check with the patient support services or social work department for information.

5. Community and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Local Cancer Organizations: Local chapters of national cancer organizations or independent nonprofit organizations may offer support groups and community events for cancer patients and survivors.

6. Ask Your Network

  • Word of Mouth: Reach out to friends, family members, or colleagues who may have connections or recommendations for local support groups.

Tips for Joining and Participating

  • Attend Meetings Regularly: Consistent attendance helps build relationships and fosters a sense of community among group members.
  • Share and Listen: Share your experiences and concerns openly, and listen to others’ experiences to gain perspective and mutual support.
  • Respect Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of others in the group by not sharing personal information outside of the group setting.
  • Stay Informed: Stay informed about upcoming meetings, events, and resources provided by the support group facilitators.


Joining a support group for blood cancer patients can provide emotional support, practical advice, and a sense of community during a challenging time. Whether online or in-person, these groups offer opportunities to connect with others who understand your experiences and can provide valuable support throughout your cancer journey.

By Sue