Programs & Services

The focus of Cancer Kinship’s programs is addressing the psychosocial and emotional implications of a cancer diagnosis and survivorship in order to significantly alleviate distress and mental strain associated with diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment physical and emotional effects.

Our Programs & Services include:

  • “Cancer Connections,” an individualized Peer Mentorship Program that provides hope and encouragement, reduces patient isolation and promotes a sense of belonging by pairing newly diagnosed cancer patients with survivor mentors for one-on-one support.

  • Survivor Empowerment & Education Program where patients are provided with practical knowledge and skills to help them cope, adjust and navigate their “new normal” lives as survivors. Includes wellness action-planning, goal-setting and personalized accountability support. Education will be provided in the form of workshops with relevant topics that will empower patients to reach their wellness goals.

  • Survivor Socialization Programs will provide safe spaces, in a non-clinical setting, for participants to engage in activities that promote healthy behaviors and provide healthy outlets. Survivors can have fun while maintaining active lifestyles. Socialization activities will also include activities for patient’s families and/or care providers.

“Cancer Connections” Peer Mentorship Program

Cancer Kinship pairs cancer patients to Volunteer Mentors (cancer survivors who are in post-treatment phase or in remission) for one-on-one, individualized support.

Benefits for Participants

  • Receive heightened, personalized support from a cancer survivor who can provide emotional support during the most critical time in a patient’s care continuum

  • Decrease anxieties, distress, fears and apprehensions related to a cancer diagnosis, an impending treatment, surgery, and/or recovery

  • Experience the power of community, and feel safe and comfortable to share personal experiences, express concerns and receive emotional support  from others

Survivor Empowerment & Education

Cancer Kinship supports patients entering the uncharted waters of cancer survivorship by facilitating action planning, goal-setting and educational workshops to help them reach their wellness goals.

Educational workshops will be offered year-round to further assist and empower patients to achieve their goals by obtaining knowledge, practical skills, and implementation strategies to help them reach and maintain goals.

Survivor Workshop Topics

  • Understanding Metastatic Cancer

  • Capturing and Sharing Your Personal Cancer Story

  • Managing Stress, Insomnia and Fatigue

  • Healthy Cooking and Nutrition

  • Body Image

  • Intimacy After Cancer

  • Returning to the Workforce

  • Recurrence Fears and Myths

  • Overcoming Fear and Depression

  • Therapeutic Art

  • Cancer and Fertility

  • Fixing My Finances

  • Dating as a Single Survivor

  • Planning for Your Future (401k, Life Insurance, Budgeting, Rebuilding Your Credit, Life Insurance)

  • Understanding Insurance Benefits

  • Managing Symptoms

  • Post-Traumatic Stress

  • Benefits of Volunteering and Giving Back

  • Yoga

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Socialization & Wellness Programs

Cancer Kinship’s Socialization and Wellness programs allows cancer patients and survivors to support one another while engaging in activities that promote wellness and provide healthy outlets to minimize anxiety, fear and apprehension related to cancer survival. Program activities will also include programs for families and care providers.

Program Offerings

  • Support group meetings for various types of cancers, based on age, gender and background (i.e., young cancer survivors, working professionals, survivors with young children, etc.)

  • Meet-ups for cancer survivors to get together and engage group activities such as hiking events, cooking classes, family beach days and survivor volunteer days

  • Through partnerships with local service providers, offer opportunities and information on one-day adventures for survivors who want to experience “bucket-list” activities

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