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Mentorship and Peer Support

For Patients and Caregivers

Mentorship and Hope From People Who Have Been There

Talking with someone who’s been there can make a cancer diagnosis, going through treatment, supporting a loved one, or adjusting to post-treatment survivorship just a bit easier. With a shared mission to inspire hope and improve the quality of life for people impacted by cancer, Cancer Hope Network and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins have joined forces to walk your cancer path with you.

Every person with cancer has a unique experience, so finding someone who understands your individual challenges can be difficult. Through the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s M.A.P.S. (Mentorship and Peer Support) program, cancer patients and caregivers can connect with trained peer mentors who care because they’ve been there and have undergone a similar cancer journey. These mentors empower patients and their loved ones by providing empathetic, compassionate support. They inspire hope and resilience and offer encouragement and motivation.

Through the M.A.P.S. program, you can request to be connected with a mentor based on diagnosis, treatment protocol, clinical trials participation, individual lifestyle choices, and other personal circumstances. This support is available to you at any point along the continuum of care—from pre-diagnosis, through treatment, and into post-treatment survivorship.

Get Matched

Navigating a cancer journey is hard. Connecting with someone who understands is easy. Cancer Hope Network connects cancer patients and their loved ones with trained Peer Mentors who care because they’ve been there and have undergone a similar cancer journey. Our Peer Mentors are a listening ear who can provide empathetic support and give you the freedom to show up exactly how you are in each moment, moving at the pace that works for you.

To connect with a Peer Mentor who understands, simply click on the ‘Get Matched’ button below to request a free, confidential match.


If you are a cancer survivor or caregiver who is looking to give back by joining our team as a volunteer Peer Mentor, please click on the link below and a member of our Programs Team will contact you. All Cancer Hope Network Peer Mentor volunteers receive initial and ongoing training, support from our professional staff, and plenty of opportunities to connect with other survivor and caregiver Peer Mentors from all over the country. Join us today!

About the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Patients who visit the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins have access to some of the most innovative and advanced therapies in the world. Because Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center clinicians and research scientists work closely together, new drugs and treatments developed in the laboratory are quickly transferred to the clinical setting, offering patients cutting edge therapeutic options. 

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has a wide spectrum of programs, including bone marrow transplantation (BMT), new drug development, the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy, and Proton Therapy Center. Additionally, those at high risk for developing breast, ovarian, colon and other cancers, may seek information about early detection, prevention and genetic counseling through a comprehensive genetics service. We also offer complete Patient and Family Services that include counseling services, survivors and palliative care programs, and the Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion for patients traveling from out-of-town to receive treatment. 

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s commitment to excellence in patient care and research is enhanced by our dedicated facilities, including the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building and Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building, our clinical care facilities; and the Bunting Blaustein and David H. Koch Cancer Research Buildings, home to our strong research and teaching programs. These dedicated efforts expand to our surrounding communities with the Kimmel Cancer Center at Bayview, Green Spring Station, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital.

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