Phone Buddy2018-10-01T20:29:21+00:00

Phone Buddy Program

Following a lung cancer diagnosis, it is common to feel a sense of loneliness; like you are the only one going through this experience. But in reality, that is far from the truth. There are over 400,000 Americans living with lung cancer today. Our Phone Buddy program helps connect you with lung cancer survivors who have walked in your shoes and can help guide you along this difficult and complex process.

What is the Phone Buddy Program?

The Phone Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer support program for people with lung cancer. Our Phone Buddy volunteers have either been through or are going through lung cancer treatment and as a result are uniquely qualified to lend support and share information and resources.

Our support staff works hard to match you with someone with a similar:

Stage of lung cancer

Treatment plan

Symptoms and side effects

Profile (e.g. mother of two balancing work)

Six Reasons to Connect with a Phone Buddy

  1. COPING TECHNIQUES: Find out how other people have coped with a diagnosis
  2. TREATMENT KNOWLEDGE: Learn firsthand about treatments from people who have already been through them
  3. DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: Discover how others have dealt with difficult questions and uncomfortable conversations with their doctors and family members
  4. DEALING WITH SCANS: Acquire ways to cope with the dreaded “scanxiety” (anxiety from upcoming scans)
  5. THE “NEW NORMAL”: See what life is like after treatment and how to adjust to a “new normal”
  6. FINDING SUPPORT: Find support even if you do not have access to a local support group, or existing support groups are inappropriate/ inconvenient

Volunteer as a Phone Buddy

We are always welcoming new volunteers with a variety of treatment experiences who are open to talking with others impacted by the disease. Learn more about what it means to be a Phone Buddy.

Meet Some of Our Phone Buddies!

Ginny
Ginny
4 Year Survivor
NSCLC Stage IV

“I have been an educator my whole life and now my new job is to help and educate those newly diagnosed with lung cancer.

Curt
Curt
8 Year Survivor
NSCLC (Squamous Type) Stage IIIB; Neck Cancer Stage IIIB (Two Primary cancers treated at the same time)

“I have been married to the best wife and caregiver for 41 years.  There is life after cancer, I’m proof. 

Bill
Bill
6 Year Surivvor
NSCLC Stage IV EGFR +T790

“I am big sports fan and I love to travel with my wife.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 Year Survivor
NSCLC –ALK+ Stage IVB

“Lung cancer is just a part of who I am. I’m still working full-time for a non-profit, although not quite as intensely as I used to!

Brian
Brian
7 Year Survivor
NSCLC –Stage IA

Loves: traveling, hiking swimming, biking, hanging out with friends and helping others.

Ann
Ann
Cancer free since 2007
NSCLC-Adenocarcinoma (three recurrences) Staged I-IV

“In 2004 I was diagnosed with stage 1 non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer.

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