Hope Connection

Coping with a cancer diagnosis can be a scary, lonely and emotional time. Support from family and friend is crucial, but no one can truly understand the challenges of having cancer like someone who has been there.

The Hope Connection connects patients and their families with trained volunteers who have personally experienced the challenges and complex issues of a cancer diagnosis. Volunteers are available to listen, talk, and offer support at any time before, during, and after cancer treatment.

The Hope Connection Program:

  • Provides one-to-one telephone support
  • Is completely free and confidential
  • Is available to all cancer patients and their loved ones who may wish to talk with a survivor or caregiver
  • Matches you with a survivor/caregiver who has experienced the same type of cancer
  • Does not take the place of the support and care you get from your medical team

When can I use the Hope Connection?

As soon as you are ready to talk, a referral can be made by any member of your health care team or you may call the program directly at 615-936-8501.

What happens when I call?

We will ask you about your cancer and your specific concerns and match you with a volunteer who has also been touched by cancer. The Hope Connection volunteer will call you within 48 hours.

Volunteer Opportunity

Hope Connection volunteers provide one-to-one telephone support to adult cancer patients and their families. By providing encouragement, guidance, coping strategies, and resources, volunteers help individuals reduce their fear and uncertainty, strengthen their ability to cope, feel more prepared for treatment and decision making, and give them hope.


  • Must be a cancer survivor or caregiver, at least one year past treatment
  • Completed application process including written application, interview and background check
  • Volunteer training
  • Minimum one year commitment

For more information call (615) 936-8501 or email canceradvocacy@vanderbilt.edu.