Connecting and Supporting Melanoma Patients with a Peer who has Shared a Similar Path
A cancer diagnosis is a life changing, frightening and stressful process and many patients often feel alone and isolated. Providing patients with someone who has been down the same path can provide immeasurable support. The Peer to Peer: Within Reach Support Program provides an opportunity for new patients, or patients with a change in their medical status, to connect with another patient who shares a similar path.
Peer to peer support does not replace professional counselling and/or medical advice. The program is designed to connect melanoma patients to a trained and certified peer who has also faced the disease. Peer mentors are assigned (to the best of MNC’s ability) by similar geographic location, diagnosis, life situation, and age. Peers will share their stories, act as a supportive mentor and provide support. This service is offered by telephone and can connect patients anywhere in the country. Patients can create a special relationship with one another and be able to relieve some of their stress, worries, concerns, and fears that come from living with cancer diagnosis.