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.
Become A Peer Support Volunteer
To Request Peer Support:
Please read this in its entirety before completing the questionnaire. Allow a minimum of 10 min. to complete. Once you have started the questionnaire, please continue to the end (it will NOT allow you to go back to finish or make changes). If you forget something, there will be a link to contact the coordinator directly for any changes you wish to make.
To get started, please click the link below:
To Become a Peer Support Volunteer:
Those who have completed treatment or have been in active surveillance for at least six months may be eligible to participate as a Peer Support Volunteer. Qualifications for this role include good listening and communication skills and the ability to speak from personal experience. To be considered, you will be asked to participate in an initial interview to determine if this role is a good fit for you. Once selected, volunteers will:
- Attend a 2.5 hour training
- Complete and sign training documents and confidentiality agreement
- Commit to at least one year of volunteering
Please e-mail Margaret Gray for more information.
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.