Peer support programs

Many people are overwhelmed by the thought of undergoing a stem cell transplant. Some of our patients have found it helpful to talk to someone who has had a transplant before.  The stem cell transplant team maintains a program with past patients who enjoy acting as peer mentors to new patients. 

Peer mentors can help answer your questions and give you an idea of what to expect (from the perspective of someone who has been there before).  Peer mentors have a unique experience that only someone who has received a transplant can share.  If you would like to talk with one of our peer mentors, talk to the stem cell transplant team or email

Other Peer Support Services

A telephone service peer support program is also available through the Canadian Cancer Society. Volunteers are specially trained cancer survivors or caregivers with a wide range of cancer experiences and life stories who can share insights and ideas for coping during your cancer experience. Click here for more information. 

To connect with a peer volunteer for blood cancers, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada offers the First Connection Program. The program gives patients and family members the opportunity to share experiences with someone who has “been through it” from specially trained volunteers. Click here for more information.