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About Online Peer Support

Connecting with someone who has faced a cancer diagnosis similar to yours can reduce the anxiety and isolation you may feel. Through Online Peer Support, you can ask questions and learn how others dealt with the issues you are facing.

The online service is a new feature of the Peer Support Program, part of the UCSF Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center, that matches cancer patients with volunteers who are themselves cancer survivors or veteran patients. Although each person's experience is unique, many individuals find it helpful to connect with someone who has "been there."


Our volunteers can provide comfort, support and practical information, but not medical advice or professional counseling. Please keep in mind that the information on this site is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by your doctor.

Your question will be answered by a volunteer who best matches the information you provide. Matching is based on criteria such as diagnosis, treatment, age, gender or by preference of the person seeking support.

Meet our volunteers for breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Submit a Questions

To get started, read some of the questions others have asked about breast cancer and prostate cancer. Then, use our online form to submit a question.

Connect by Phone

In addition to the online Q&A, volunteers are available to answer questions over the phone as part of the Peer Support Program. This program includes more than 100 devoted volunteers who encourage and inform patients. Learn more about connecting with a volunteer by phone.