When you have cancer, talking to someone who has been through a similar cancer experience can be helpful, reassuring and encouraging.
“I am so deeply grateful for this service. It was critical and so uplifting to talk to someone who could identify where I was coming from. Tremendous support.”
You can access Cancer Connect one to one telephone peer support when you are:
- newly diagnosed with cancer
- undertaking cancer treatment
- encountering cancer survivorship issues
Cancer Connect peer support is provided by a volunteer who is:
- recovered from a similar cancer experience
- specially trained to provide telephone peer support
- supported by health professionals
A Connect volunteer can listen to you with unique understanding and share their experiences and ways of coping. They can provide practical information and emotional support to meet your individual needs. You may want to talk about:
- cancer diagnosis
- surgery type
- treatment regimes and side effects
- physical changes and appearance
- feelings and recurrence anxiety
- relationships and the perspectives of others
- financial and lifestyle changes
- your age and children
“The volunteer gave me hope. I had a lot of questions and she gave me great tips about getting back to ‘normal’. I need to go back to work and am confident I can do it.”
To access the Cancer Connect program you can phone 02 9334 1870 or 13 11 20 to speak with a Cancer Connect consultant, or submit your details online here.
If you have recovered from your own cancer experience and would like to know more about providing peer support with Cancer Connect, click here to find out about becoming a Cancer Connect volunteer.