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Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Cancer patients get support from friends and family, yet connecting with others who have similar experiences can also bring strength and improve quality of life. Peer-to-peer mentoring, such as support groups and networks of patients and caregivers, offers many benefits to patients and their loved ones:

  • Gives a chance to talk about and work through feelings
  • Helps handle practical concerns such as problems at work or school
  • Helps cope with side effects of treatment
  • Helps address changes in roles, relationships, and finances, and how to support the person who has cancer

Online support groups, social networks, and chat groups can be especially helpful for people who live in rural areas, have trouble getting to meetings, or prefer not to meet in person. While online groups can provide valuable emotional support, be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider before making any changes based on what you read or hear from another person's experience.

Retreats, camps, and outdoor excursions for cancer survivors and their loved ones can provide unique mentoring and bonding experiences for all who attend.

In-person support groups in Salt Lake City provide another way to connect with others.

For more information or resources, look at our Resource Guide or contact these Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) services: 

Here are some additional resources to find support and mentoring: