The Cancer Coach Program

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The Cancer Coach Program connects Roswell Park patients with cancer survivors who know firsthand how a cancer diagnosis changes your life. Talking with someone who has lived with cancer can reduce anxiety and isolation. Cancer Coaches are trained volunteers who provide comfort and practical information for patients; however, they don’t provide medical advice. This free program matches coaches with patients based on diagnosis, cancer type, stage, age and gender.

To apply for a Cancer Coach or to become a Cancer Coach, (cancer survivors two years or more out of treatment may apply), contact The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center at 716-845-8659, Option 1, or fill out the appropriate form below.

Apply for a Cancer Coach

If you are interested in learning more about the program please call Martha Hickey in The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource center at 716-845-8659, Option 1 or email Apply at the link below and someone will be in contact with you. 

Request a Cancer Coach

Interested in being a Cancer Coach?

Survivors who are out of treatment for two years are invited to apply to be a coach. New coaches attend an orientation session and on-going training events to help them in this important role. Those interested must be Roswell Park patients, having received treatment at our main campus or one of our Care Network locations.

Once on-boarded, we will assign you a patient when a match is available. For more information, please call 716-845-8659, Option 1 

Become a Cancer Coach

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