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Use your cancer experience to help others

Peer Match Program know what it’s like to live with cancer because they are cancer survivors or were caregivers to someone with cancer. Through the Peer Match Program, 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.

We’re here to help people living with cancer. If you’ve been through cancer or have been a caregiver to someone with cancer, you can offer hope and support to others. Through the Peer Match Program, our nationwide telephone peer support program, volunteers offer encouragement and compassion to people living with cancer and their loved ones.

Peer Match is a free, confidential service that connects people with trained volunteers who have first-hand experience with cancer or caring for someone with cancer. Through Peer Match, people can match themselves with a peer support volunteer based on criteria important to them, such as cancer type, treatment or age. Volunteers reach out within 48 hours of matching to set up a convenient time to connect by phone.

We provide extensive training and ongoing support for all of our peer support volunteers.
To find out more, visit Become a volunteer or email us.



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