There is nothing greater than to do something for others Martin Luther King

Peers and buddies

Participating in a support group may not be the right thing for you. Some people told us that they did not want to spend time with a group of others affected by pancreatic cancer.​

However some people did find it reassuring to talk to a buddy, someone who also has pancreatic cancer who may be further along in their pancreatic cancer treatment. Sharing experiences with someone who knows what its all about can be valuable and encouraging.​

I’ve had patients with terminal cancer wanting to go out and talk to other patients, to be positive to them. It takes a lot of energy but that is a bit of therapy for themselves and there’s a lot of good that can come out of that

Mehrdad, pancreatic surgeon

Your specialist nurse or doctor or the Pancare Foundation may be able you link you to a buddy. ​

As well, the Cancer Connect program is a confidential (private) peer support program that connects people with cancer to a trained volunteer who has had a similar cancer experience.

For more information on the Cancer Connect program call Cancer Council 13 11 20​

Chris talks about the importance of being a buddy for others.

Richard was an amazing man, he was like a mentor, he came and visited me in hospital, phoned me before my operation… just giving … trying to make me feel upbeat about the possibility of being a survivor

Natalie 46yrs, teacher & mother with pancreatic cancer