Support groups can be helpful outlets for exchanging ideas about how to best deal with breast cancer.

They can be held regularly in person, by telephone or online. According to BreastCancer.org, support groups can be organized through open membership or closed membership.

Open membership allows members to come and go freely without any long-term commitment.This can be particularly helpful for those with inconsistent schedules.

Closed membership requires registration and commitment to a certain number of sessions. Once the group reaches a certain number of people, it is closed to new members to establish consistency.

A breast cancer support group can provide connections during what can seem like an isolating experience. These groups can be organized either by professionals or breast cancer survivors.

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