KEZI 9 Checks In March: Mentors in training to help cancer patients

KEZI 9 Checks In is a monthly reminder for women to do a self-breast exam to check for lumps or changes.

Posted: Mar 12, 2021 6:19 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:23 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A new mentor program at the Roseburg Cancer Center aims to help people fighting cancer.

Right now, three new patient mentors are halfway through the training process so they can help others get through one of the toughest times in their lives.

“When you are diagnosed with cancer, it’s a lot of chaos, some loneliness. You need ot be able to reach out and contact people who have gone through the same journey as you, and now you have this mentor who’s going to guide you through the process," said Angelia Freeman with the cancer center.

Freeman said they’re finding patient mentors have a huge amount of resources right at their fingertips, and they can help guide patients in a number of different way.

Mentors can help with everything from talking to their cancer team to finding out what resources are available to spiritual care.

It’s a win-win: the patient gets help from someone who’s been through what they’re experiencing, and it helps the mentor too.

“A lot of times when a person goes through cancer treatment and they come out the other end, they realize they have something to give and they just don’t know how they’re going to do that and this provides them the opportunity and the venue. This is how we’re going to do that," Freeman said.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can contact the Community Cancer Center. There are some requirements: you have to volunteer with the cancer center, and you’ll have to go through training.

KEZI 9 Checks In is a monthly reminder for women to do a self-breast exam to check for lumps or changes. You can sign up here.

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