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Talk to someone who's been there

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When a person is diagnosed with cancer, they and their loved ones may feel like their world has turned upside down. Talking to others who’ve gone through a similar experience can be comforting.

We know the value of Peer Support and offer two options for people to access this:

  1. Through our online community CancerConnection.ca/ParlonsCancer.ca where people can share their experiences and build supportive relationships.
  2. Our telephone Peer Support program that connects people living with cancer with trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share ideas for coping.

The Society is currently redesigning the way we deliver our Peer Support program. The core premise of the program – volunteers providing telephone-based support to people facing cancer – will not change. What will be redesigned is how we match our trained volunteers and our clients.

Over the next several months we will be transitioning to an online self-matching model. Once a client and volunteer become matched online, the exchange between the volunteer and client will continue by phone, as it does with the existing program.

We are excited about this redesign and look forward to relaunching the program in early 2017. In the meantime, we will continue to provide access to information, support and referral to an extensive network of cancer-related services to the community through our Cancer Information Service. You can contact us at 1-888-939-3333 or info@cis.cancer.ca.

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