Objectives: To describe culturally appropriate ways that cancer support groups can meet the needs of African Americans with cancer.
Data sources: Research articles and clinical experience.
Conclusions: Support groups are an important vehicle through which people cope with the emotional and physical impact of their cancer. Most support group participants are middle-class, white women. Faith-based cancer support groups can address the needs of many African Americans with cancer by offering support and education within the context of a spiritually based life-style.
Implications for nursing practice: Coping strategies may vary among cultural groups. In order to be supportive, cancer support groups must be congruent with the values and beliefs of the group's members.