Although each person's experience is unique, many individuals find it helpful to talk to someone who has gone through a similar situation and who has "been there."
The UCSF Peer Support Program connects cancer patients by phone with a cancer survivor or with someone who is further along with their treatment. Patients can be matched by cancer type or stage, treatment, gender, age, and or family dynamics as best as possible. Our trained peer volunteers are available to share their experiences and informational support to possibly reduce the sense of anxiety and isolation. UCSF will solely provide the initial connection between the patient and volunteer.
To Request Peer Support:
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.
Caregiver Connection Program (by Phone)
The UCSF Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Connection Program connects the family caregivers of UCSF Neuro-Oncology patients for peer support. Caregivers are matched, as best as possible, by tumor type, treatment, age and family situation so that family and friends can talk to someone who best understands their new caregiving circumstances.
Our trained peer caregivers are available to share their experiences and to provide confidential emotional, practical, and informational support. No need to worry about meeting times--caregivers can connect with our volunteers on their schedule!
This service is available to family and friends of UCSF Neuro-Oncology patients. To be connected with a caregiver peer, please contact the Neuro-Oncology Caregiver Program at 415-514-5674.
To Become a Peer Support Volunteer:
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:
- Be one year post-diagnosis
- Complete the training
- Not dispense medical advice
- Make a commitment
- Maintain confidentiality