Cancer Support Community Arizona is holding a support group

Sun Health wellnessCancer Support Community Arizona is holding a free support group this month.

The professionally facilitated support group is open to anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  Attendees can explore ways to deal with stressors of the diagnosis and find support with others in a caring environment.

The group will will be 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. at Sun Health, Grandview Terrace Rehabilitation Center, in the Community Room, 14505 West Granite Valley Drive, in Sun City West.

Those interested can register at 602-712-1006, or

 Cancer Support Community Arizona opened its doors in 1998. It is part of the Cancer Support Community Affiliate Network that has more than 50 local sites across North America. and provides a full range of support programs for people with cancer and their loved ones in a comfortable home-like setting, at no cost. Drop-in and on-going support groups are offered, networking groups for people with specific types of cancer, educational workshops, exercise activities, stress management sessions, lectures by experts in the field of oncology, and social gatherings.

Cancer Support Community was founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin in Santa Monica in 1982. As a result of experience with his wife’s breast cancer and through subsequent years of study on the psychological and social impact of cancer, Mr. Benjamin formulated the Patient Active Concept. This revolutionary idea would be recognized years later at Walt Disney World EPCOT Metropolitan Life exhibit as one of the most significant developments in the evolution of modern health care. In addition to the Patient Active concept, the other significant cornerstone of our program is that all services are provided free of charge in a home-like, community setting.

Community is perhaps the most important aspect of Cancer Support Community model of care that differentiates the program from any other. Today, thousands of people with cancer and their loved ones unite together through our programs. People come at diagnosis, during or at the end of treatment, at recurrence or several years out of treatment. They all come to learn they are not alone in their fight–whether for physical, emotional or spiritual recovery. Together, they regain a sense of control over their lives and ultimately discover that hope is a valuable tool irrespective of the stage of disease.

The national organization was officially formed in 1989 to facilitate expansion outside California. In 1997, the national headquarters moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. A new board of directors was formed that reflected more national representation and a new CEO was hired. In 2002, the national headquarters relocated to Washington, DC. The Cancer Support Community celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012.

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