It is important to realise you are not going through cancer alone. You may want to talk to people who have gone through or are going through a similar experience to yourself.

One of the hardest things for me when I was going through my journey was not having someone who had a first-hand account of what it was like to go through this, someone who truly understood.


Our team of cancer support nurses do a great job of listening and sharing information to help you better understand cancer and your treatment. However many people want to connect with someone how has been through a similar experience.

We can help you connect through:

Your local Cancer Society office may coordinate a support group that would be a good starting point. Check out the office closest to you.

Find your local Cancer Society office

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Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, but no-one needs to go through the experience alone.

If you or your family are dealing with a primary cancer diagnosis you may find it helpful to talk to someone who can relate to what you’re going through. 

Cancer Connect NZ is a free support service for people recently diagnosed with cancer.  

You will be put in touch with a peer supporter – usually someone who has had a similar cancer experience to you.

It doesn't matter where you live in New Zealand - all you need is access to a phone.


Every Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter:

  • Has had a primary cancer, or cared for someone living with cancer
  • Is trained and carefully selected to meet strict criteria
  • Receives ongoing support

Find out more by calling 0800 CANCER (226 237).  The phone lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9am - 5pm. 


Are you interested in becoming a Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter?

Cancer Connect NZ regularly recruits volunteers. Please phone 0800 CANCER (226 237) for information on how to become a Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter.  

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Hononga Mate Puku ki Aotearoa Te hono tāngata mā ō rātou pānga ki te mate puku

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As part of my recovery, I’m a support person for women of similar age that are going through a similar diagnosis. It’s fabulous to be able to be there for them, share my journey and give them hope.


Ripple App

Ripple is an app that offers a mobile, 24/7 cancer support service. The Ripple app is offline for now while we consider how to develop it further. For ideas on connecting with others, please see the resources above.

Need someone to talk to?
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
0800 226 237 Information nurse

We know that going through cancer is tough and can raise many questions. You are not alone.

We have health professionals to answer your questions and provide the support you need. Get in touch

Last updated: February 26, 2024