The Institute of Medicine published a report in 2007 which outlined numerous sources of psychosocial distress that, ideally, should be managed when working with patients with cancer. Typically, they involve a lack of information available to the patient, emotional problems such as depression or anxiety, a lack of transportation and other resources, and disruptions to their daily life. Combined, these factors all contribute to poor adherence to prescribed treatments, and a slower return to health. Attending social support groups is a popular approach to coping with health problems such as these in the United States, and is considered to be clinically effective. Despite the buffering effects played by social support groups, however, men are found to be less likely than women to participate in support groups. The most commonly reported barrier to utilization of support groups is a lack of awareness of or lack of availability of these services. The goal of this project was to determine if there is a need for a men’s cancer support group at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato Andreas Cancer Center through the use of a survey of men with a cancer diagnosis.


Nancy M. Fitzsimons

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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