Connect with Other Survivors and Caregivers

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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@pancan.org.  PALS Associates are available Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time