Explore the Peer Mentoring Program


The Mass General Cancer Center Peer Mentoring 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?

You can request to speak with a Peer Mentor at any time during treatment. Information such as cancer type, treatments, life stage and circumstances, and your primary concern are taken into consideration.

Sign up to become a peer 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! Peer Mentors must be at least one year out from their initial diagnosis.

Peer mentors will:

  • need to go through the hospital’s volunteer procedures, to complete compliance paperwork, and to attend an online training. More information will be provided.
  • have ongoing supervision with a member of the Peer Mentor team.
  • attend quarterly virtual meetings with other Peer Mentors. Agenda may include educational sessions and speakers.
  • need to commit to at least one year in the role.

Apply to become a Peer Mentor

Meet the Team

Nova Hodge

Nova Hodge, LICSW
Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator



Jennifer D’Alotto

Jennifer D’Alotto, LICSW
BMT Survivorship Program


Patient Education & Resources

External Peer Mentoring Programs (pdf)

External Peer Mentoring 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.