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. We know that talking to others who’ve gone through a similar experience is comforting.


Our free Peer Support Service connects people living with cancer with trained volunteers who listen, provide hope, offer encouragement and share ideas for coping – all from their unique perspective as someone who’s been there. You can also contact us at 1-888-939-3333 or info@cis.cancer.ca.

How can this help me?

Many people who have used this service say it helped them get a better understanding of what to expect throughout their or their loved one’s cancer experience, making them feel more hopeful and less anxious. It helped them cope.

What can I expect?

Peer support is provided over the telephone. This confidential service is tailored to your needs and preferences. We match you with a volunteer based on a number of factors, including cancer type, sex, language and lifestyle.

How do I sign up?

The service is easy to access throughout Canada. Call 1-888-939-3333, email info@cis.cancer.ca, or request a call. One of our staff will register you with the service.

Who can use this service?

Our Peer Support Service is available to people with cancer and their caregivers who are 18 and over.

In some cases, your needs may go beyond what our volunteers can offer. If that is the case, we’ll suggest other services that may be able to help. You don’t have to go through cancer alone.

Referrals by a healthcare provider

If your patient or their caregiver would like to speak to someone who's had a similar cancer experience, complete and submit a healthcare provider referral.

The personal information collected on the referral form will only be used to contact the individual regarding our services.

You can also contact us at 1-888-939-3333 or info@cis.cancer.ca.