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Talk to someone who's been there

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

We know the value of connecting with peers – and we offer 2 ways for you to access peer support:

  • through our online community – where you can share your experiences and build supportive relationships
  • using our telephone peer support program – a way to connect with trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share ideas for coping
We’re redesigning our telephone peer support program. In early 2017, we’ll launch a new design – an online, self-matching program. But the telephone-based support we provide today – people living with cancer talking with our caring volunteers – will be the same.

In the meantime, we’re still providing access to information, support and referrals to an extensive network of cancer-related services through our Cancer Information Service. Contact us at 1‑888‑939‑3333 or


Carrie Walker Boyd Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society opened my eyes to just how much work they do for people fighting cancer.

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Facing the financial burden of cancer

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The Canadian Cancer Society provides helpful information about government income programs, financial resources and other resources available to families struggling to make sense of the personal financial burden they face.

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