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.Samantha
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:
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.
Linking people through their experiences with cancer
Hononga Mate Puku ki Aotearoa Te hono tāngata mā ō rātou pānga ki te mate puku
Ripple is an app that offers a mobile, 24/7 cancer support service.
Cancer has a ripple effect on society. Likewise, community resilience and the support generated, can yield a powerful ripple effect.
Ripple is a self serve app that allows a person with cancer to connect with a person who has had the same cancer, a carer to carer for advice and support - a user to user relationship.
You can download the Ripple App for free from:
The Ripple App is presented in collaboration with Beach Energy. Beach are Ripple’s Community Partner, and are committed to investing in innovative initiatives that aim to build stronger, more resilient communities.
Cancerchatnz.org.nz is a Cancer Society website that provides a forum for people with cancer to "talk" online to people who have had similar cancer experiences.
Cancer Society information nurses also provide blogs on issues of interest and moderate the chats.
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.Samantha