Explore the Peer Matching Program

Overview

The Mass General Cancer Center Peer Matching Program is a one-to-one support program. It offers patients and family members (mentees) the opportunity to speak by telephone with an experienced patient – a person who has received cancer care at the Mass General (a mentor). Many people report benefits from speaking with experienced patients and caregivers who know the cancer journey firsthand. They can share how they made decisions, coped, and developed resilience.

Learning you have a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Going through testing, waiting for your treatment plan to be finalized, starting treatment, and transitioning to life after treatment can challenge our ability to cope. We encourage you to use your Cancer Center treatment team, including our oncology social workers, for primary support.

Who can take part?

The Peer Matching Program is available to any patient or family member at Mass General Cancer Center who is currently facing a cancer diagnosis, navigating transitions in treatment, moving forward when treatment ends or living with cancer as a chronic illness.

Peer matches can be requested at any time during treatment and are made based on cancer type, treatments, life stage and circumstances, and the primary concern of the mentee.

About our volunteer mentors

Our mentors offer the unique support and understanding of someone who is experienced in the cancer journey. They are referred by a member of their treatment team and trained and supervised by a member of our oncology social work team.

Peer Mentor Logistics

We are seeking volunteers!

To apply to become a Peer Mentor:

  • Please email Nova Hodge, LICSW, Peer Matching Program Coordinator, who will contact you.
  • Peer mentors will need to go through the hospital’s volunteer procedures and will attend an online training. More information will be provided.

Meet the Team

Nova Hodge

Nova Hodge, LICSW
Peer Matching Program Coordinator

 

 

Jennifer D’Alotto

Jennifer D’Alotto, LICSW
BMT Survivorship Program

 

Patient Education & Resources

External Peer Matching Programs (pdf)

External Peer Matching Programs (pdf)

View a list of programs where you can connect with others.

Oncology Social Work

Oncology Social Work

Learn about the Cancer Center's Oncology Social Work program.

Workshops & Support Groups

Workshops & Support Groups

Find details of each of our workshops and support groups.