Cancer is scary and isolating. Connecting with someone who understands can make it easier.
Cancer Hope Network offers peer support for all cancer patients and the people who love them – through every stage of the experience.
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Cancer Hope Network is pleased to pilot a network of support for patients, caregivers and survivors in Stanford Health’s East Bay service area (including Cancer Center Emeryville, Pleasanton, Castro Valley, & Valley Care).
Peer support matches are provided by trained mentor volunteers who talk with a patient or caregiver who faced a similar experience. Free and confidential matches may be based on shared diagnosis, treatment, consideration of a clinical trial or other lifestyle factors. Matches are supported by a team of healthcare and social work professionals who provide additional guidance and resources.
Being matched with a Support Volunteer can help reduce fear and provide hope around cancer diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and survivorship.
Survivors and caregivers treated at any Stanford facility are invited to serve as Support Volunteers. Volunteers are provided extensive training and ongoing support. Serving as a volunteer is an opportunity to “pay it forward,” helping clients facing one of life’s toughest challenges.
“I was 35 with two little kids, and I didn’t know what I was doing,” recalls Support Volunteer Kristin of her initial diagnosis more than 24 years ago. “I didn’t know the number of appointments I’d need to navigate or the amount of side effects I’d face. If I can just give my matches even one nugget of information, that would be great.”
Kristin is an cancer survivor trained as peer mentor volunteer as part of CHN’s pilot program with Stanford Health Care.