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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on November 10, 2016

Cancer Support Groups Launched in Georgetown and Murrells Inlet

New support groups launching in Georgetown and Murrells Inlet will give people with a history of cancer the opportunity to share their experiences and provide emotional support for each other.

The groups will meet monthly and are open to anyone in the area actively facing cancer or with a history of the disease.

“Our goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere that fosters open and honest dialogue about the challenges and uncertainties associated with cancer,” said Timothy Laugh, director of cancer services for Tidelands Health. “Hearing from others in a similar situation can be comforting and help people cope with their own diagnosis.”

Studies have shown that support groups help diminish anxiety, reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness and provide a clearer understanding of what to expect in the future.

The groups will be led by Howard Waddell, a licensed counselor with 42 years of experience, including the last 12 dedicated to oncology. Each monthly meeting will begin with an informational session focusing on a topic of interest, followed by an open forum for discussion.

The meetings in Georgetown will be held from 1-3 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Tidelands Health Community Resource Center, 1101 Highmarket St.

The meetings in Murrells Inlet will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month in Suite 204 of Waccamaw Medical Park West, 4040 Highway 17 Bypass.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Howard Waddell at 803-243-0610 or


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