In the moment emotional support and cancer related resource referrals, Monday - Saturday, 9am-9pm
Call (800) 255-5505 or (206) 297-2500 (in the Seattle metropolitan area)
Our Lifeline is a place to seek in-the-moment support for anyone touched by cancer, including patients, friends, families, or co-workers. Trained staff and volunteers are available to provide warm, non-judgmental listening, support, and information over the telephone at your convenience, Monday through Saturday, 9am-9pm.
A cancer survivor once told Dr. Fran Lewis and her research group at the University of Washington that a cancer diagnosis "...was like a bomb dropping on our family." Talking is a small thing, but it is often the best way to begin to sort out your feelings. Having someone available to listen is what we do best.
Cancer Lifeline volunteers are ready to listen. They come to the Lifeline with over 40 hours of intensive training and they refresh that with monthly in-services. They are caring and supportive listeners whether you are a recently diagnosed, in treatment, a survivor or the family member, friend or co-worker of someone living with cancer.
We do not offer medical advice or information, but our volunteers can suggest other resources to supply that. We do offer emotional support and information about non-medical issues related to cancer.
Cancer Lifeline also recognizes that no one may have the perfect answer to your questions about cancer. Our volunteers are trained to offer the support you need to begin to discover your own best answers.
Ongoing Emotional Support:
Ongoing emotional support is available over the telephone to anyone affected by cancer. Our trained staff and volunteers can arrange to provide regular times for you to talk about feelings or concerns that may come up as you navigate the cancer experience. If you are dealing with cancer as a patient, caregiver, family member, friend or co-worker, and could benefit from free, ongoing emotional support, please call (206) 297-2500.