Getting the support needed after a cancer diagnosis is so very important. The listings below include free nationwide programs that offer one-to-one mentoring and support for anyone affected by cancer – including patients, families, and friends — by people who have similar life experiences.
Matches are customized based on similar diagnoses, treatment, as well as life circumstances, and values. Please know you are not alone; there are people who want to help.
Please reach out to a program below and get the support you need today. If you find errors or outdated information in any of these listings please click here to let us know about it.
Phone: (888) 999-6959
Personalized one-on-one emotional support for cancer patients and loved ones Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Central. CanCare helps you connect with a volunteer survivor or caregiver to discuss healthcare issues and receive emotional support. Support volunteers are matched based on cancer type, treatments, desires, age, and gender. Review more about the program information and fill out the form for help here: https://cancare.org/support/.
Contact: Get in Touch
Free space to create an online journal, share photos, and give and receive support from an online community that understands the cancer journey because they are living it, too. This peer support network is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and has very active forums and discussion groups for patients and caregivers alike. Sign up for free here: https://csn.cancer.org/user/register.
Phone: (888) 234-2468
Free online support community for cancer patients and caregivers sponsored by the American Cancer Association. Connect with people who understand what you’re going through in a compassionate setting. To take a tour of the community features and sign up, visit this link https://www.mylifeline.org/getstarted on the American Cancer Society Support Community website.
Phone: (888) 793-9355 (M-F 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST)
Cancer Support Helpline offers a free online peer support group called the Living Room that’s facilitated by a licensed counselor. Services available include short-term counseling and emotional assistance for patients and families dealing with cancer. For more about the free online support group, visit, https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/cancer-support-helpline or call (888)793-9355 9AM-9PM M-F EST for immediate assistance.
Phone: (877) 467-3638 (English and Spanish)
Free one-on-one mentoring and support services for cancer patients and their families in both the U.S. and Canada. The Cancer Hope Network has hundreds of mentors who understand what you’re going through and want to help. To get matched to a volunteer mentor, complete this online form https://www.cancerhopenetwork.org/get-support/get-matched/.
Phone: (800) 227-2345
The American Cancer Society coordinates the Reach to Recovery program which provides free support via phone or in-person services for anyone dealing with a possible breast cancer diagnosis, recurrence, or advanced-stage breast cancer. To locate a volunteer in your area, call toll-free (800) 227-2345 or visit https://www.cancer.org/treatment/support-programs-and-services/reach-to-recovery.html.
Phone: (877) 274-5529
Free peer support for cancer patients and their families via telephone, email, video chat, and face-to-face options. Per the website, “These 1–on–1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience.” To find out more or request a mentor, please visit https://imermanangels.org/get-support/.
Phone: (866) 374-3634 (English and Spanish)
A network of cancer survivors who provide free one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. Matches are customized based on similar diagnoses, treatment, as well as life circumstances, and values. To submit a request for help, call (866) 374-3634 or visit https://www.friend4life.org/get-matched/.
Phone: (866) 520-3197 (English)
The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free telephone-based support from someone who has successfully made the same cancer journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. To get matched with a mentor, call the number above.