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Use your cancer experience to help others

Peer support volunteers know what it’s like to live with cancer because they are cancer survivors or were caregivers to someone with cancer. Through CancerConnection, our nationwide telephone support program, peer support volunteers offer encouragement, compassion and practical support – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond – to the person living with cancer and their family.

The Society also offers adult support groups in many communities across Canada. The types of groups available in each area may vary. Some groups are specific to one type of cancer, while others may offer general support for people living with cancer.

Peer support volunteers are matched based on factors such as type of cancer, sex, treatment, side effects, relationship to the person who is diagnosed, age and family situation. All volunteers receive extensive training and ongoing support.

Support Group Facilitator

If you are a cancer survivor and would like to offer support to others who face similar cancer experiences the Canadian Cancer Society – NL division has a support group facilitator training program designed to assist volunteers who want to become involved in facilitating a cancer support group.

For information about how you can become a cancer support group facilitator or to get a listing of support groups in your area, contact our provincial office at 753-6520 or 1 888 753-6520 or complete a printable

Volunteer Information Form (PDF) or an Online volunteer information form.



Mary Antonenko We all need our own personal support system, but no matter how good your own personal support system is, it’s not the same as connecting with other survivors.

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Establishing a national caregivers strategy

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The Canadian Cancer Society is actively lobbying the federal government to establish a national caregivers strategy to ensure there is more financial support for this important group of people.

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