Connect with Other Survivors and Caregivers


Caregiver and wife, Virginia Jed and her husband and pancreatic cancer survivor, Stu.

Connect with others through the Survivor and Caregiver Network

There is nothing quite like talking to someone who has been through a similar situation.  Share information, ask questions and gain support and inspiration by talking to others with similar experiences through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Survivor and Caregiver Network.

The Survivor and Caregiver Network is made up of volunteers throughout the country who are available to communicate one-on-one with those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, their loved ones or anyone looking to connect with someone who has experienced pancreatic cancer.  The volunteers are pancreatic cancer survivors and caregivers who have provided their contact information to be given out through the Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program.  Contact can be made by phone or email and serves as an invaluable source of encouragement, support and inspiration.

The Survivor and Caregiver Network works like this: an individual diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, or their loved one, calls PALS and requests to speak with a survivor or caregiver for support. The PALS Associate then provides information about several volunteer survivors or caregivers in the Network who are in a similar situation.  The information given about a volunteer may include: name, contact information, state of residence, diagnosis and treatment history.  The individual then makes contact with the volunteer at his or her convenience for shared experiences and support.

This one-on-one contact can serve as an incredible source of hope and inspiration.

Connect with a Survivor and Caregiver Network volunteer
Volunteer to offer support and be contacted by others

If you prefer, you may also contact the PALS program directly to be matched with Survivor and Caregiver Network volunteers or to offer to volunteer.  Please contact a PALS Associate toll-free at 877-272-6226 or email  PALS Associates are available Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time

Listen to this survivor’s thoughts on the value of the Survivor and Caregiver Network.


Information provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. (“PanCAN”) is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services. PanCAN may provide information to you about physicians, products, services, clinical trials or treatments related to pancreatic cancer, but PanCAN does not recommend nor endorse any particular health care resource. In addition, please note that any personal information you provide to PanCAN’s associates during telephone and/or email communications may be stored and used to help PanCAN achieve its mission of assisting patients with, and finding cures and treatments for, pancreatic cancer. Stored constituent information may be used to inform PanCAN programs and activities. Information also may be provided in aggregate or limited formats to third parties to guide future pancreatic cancer research and treatment efforts. PanCAN will not provide personal directly identifying information (such as your name or contact information) to such third parties without your prior written consent unless required or permitted by law to do so.