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10 of the Best Peer-Support Resources for People With Cancer

Experts predict that more than two million people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2024, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). With an increase in rates for certain cancers, the ACS reports, people diagnosed with the disease could benefit from talking to someone who knows what they’re going through now more than ever.

With a cancer diagnosis often comes months of treatment, side effects, and, for some, an impact on mental health, according to the ACS. But experts suggest that support from someone with a similar experience to yours can be helpful when you’re trying to cope with the disease.

“When patients undergoing treatment for cancer have the opportunity to meet peers in similar situations, they can open up to those who will truly understand them, receive and give guidance, and motivate one another to persevere,” says Yael Zack, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologist at White Plains Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care. “This is deeply powerful.”

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’re in remission, we’ve gathered some resources to help you connect with someone who shares your experience and get the support you need.

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