For patient participants:
Patients can be matched with volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis and stage, age, and gender. Talking with someone who has lived with cancer can often be comforting and can reduce the sense of anxiety and isolation during the initial period of diagnosis. The volunteers are a wonderful group of individuals who can provide special support, comfort, and practical advice to others who have been newly diagnosed or who are facing new decisions with their cancer.
> Download the Peer Request and Consent Form
For support volunteers:
Veteran patients receive the opportunity to share the knowledge and insight gained from their cancer experience. By doing so, veterans not only help others, but also have the opportunity to share and connect with others in a rewarding and constructive way.
Peer Support Volunteeers must:
Caregiver Peer Support (by Phone)
The peer support program also offers the opportunity for caregivers of Neuro-Oncology patients to talk with other experienced caregivers for Neuro-Oncology patients as a way to reduce the anxiety and distress that may occur while taking care of others. To be connected with a caregiver peer, please contact the Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program at 415-514-5674.