Although each person's experience is unique, many individuals find it helpful to talk to someone who has had or is currently in a similar situation. The Peer Support Program offers cancer patients the opportunity to speak to survivors or other veteran patients who have already "been there."
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:
- Be one year post-diagnosis
- Complete the training
- Not dispense medical advice
- Make a commitment
- Maintain confidentiality
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.