The majority of people living with cancer will tell you that peer support is invaluable. Being able to talk with someone who shares your concerns, experiences and questions provides a vital boost to adjusting to life with cancer.
Peer support provides encouragement, information and support on a much more personal level. Peers also serve as role-models to patients. Those who have lived through the cancer journey can help others see cancer and life in a more positive light, and very often, remind them that cancer could be overcome.
Our CancerLink centres are home to more than 22 self-help groups, where men and women touched by the same form of cancer gather together to talk, participate in fun-filled activities or share insights as to what has helped them most throughout their cancer journey.
One of the great features of our self-help groups is the "buddy system". For many cancer survivors who have been through the full cycle of the cancer journey, they go on to support those who are newly-diagnosed, sharing what they have learnt from their experience and inviting them to join peer group activities.
To know more about our 22 self-help groups, please click here.