Peer support is based on sharing a similar experience with another person. Peer support provides perspective and helps you find resources in the midst of illness. It is based on equality and mutual understanding that can be implemented face to face, over the phone or online.
Our peer support is intended for patients with colorectal cancer and their loved ones, and is always open and free to everyone. The aim is to provide support for patients with colorectal cancer and their loved ones at all stages of their illness and to create safe spaces for sharing experiences.
Different forms of peer support
Peer support is organized by trained volunteers who have either had cancer themselves or are loved ones of colorectal cancer patients. Volunteers receive regular training and they have confidentiality. Volunteers lead peer support groups and give personal support face to face, over the phone or online.
We also maintain two discussion groups on Facebook for colorectal cancer patients and those close to them.
Support for the carers
Digestive Cancers Europe has launched Colorectal Cancer Carers Guide Caring for Someone with Colorectal Cancer.
The Guide has been designed specifically for (informal) Carers and examines the predominantly underestimated role of the Carer and provides sympathetic advice on the medical, psychological, emotional and social aspects of caring for someone with Colorectal Cancer.
It also addresses practical aspects such as day-to-day living, forward planning, helpful equipment, roles around the house, diet and nutrition and exercise. Finally, it looks at employment, workplace rights and financial aspects, including financial support.