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Is Cancer in Your Life?

Cancer Support Helpline

Give us a Call at 1-888-793-9355

So That No One Faces Cancer Alone.

The Cancer Support Community is here to help you by offering free support and coaching for cancer patients or their loved ones by phone and online.

The Cancer Support Helpline is staffed by community navigators, resource specialists and a Helpline navigator who have over 170 years of combined experience helping people affected by cancer. The Helpline provides guidance, resources and support to cancer patients or their loved ones with a variety of needs—from getting information about cancer, identifying a local support group or just finding someone who is willing to listen. We speak your language! We provide help with coping in over 200 languages.

Cancer Support Helpline services include:

  • Connecting callers to local or national resources, including support groups, transportation services and other programs
  • Short-term cancer coping assistance
  • Short-term housing resources
  • Treatment decision planning
  • Financial navigation regarding the costs of cancer and its treatments
  • Specialized information and navigation in pediatric oncology, finances, clinical trials, and genetics/genomics
  • Access to an online distress screening program, CancerSupportSource®
  • General information about the Cancer Support Community

Monday - Friday 
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET

Saturday - Sunday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET

 

“Thank you. I've got hope on my horizon now.”

- Helpline Caller

Live Web Chat

Do you need someone to talk with about your cancer experience? Are you feeling overwhelmed with questions about how to cope with your cancer? Chat online with one of our Helpline staff Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET and Saturday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET.

Our Helpline staff are available and ready to assist you, whether you’re looking for cancer resources and information or someone to talk to about the worries that cancer sometimes brings into our lives.

Find the CHAT NOW Window at the Bottom of Your Screen 

Meet Our Trained Helpline Professionals

Charli, LCSW

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Charli began with Cancer Support Community as a Program Director at her local affiliate in 2007 and transitioned to the Cancer Support Helpline in 2012. Charli also works with those affected by cancer and the bereaved in her private therapy and coaching practice. She is a Certified Yoga 4 Cancer and Food for Life instructor. Charli is a two-time survivor of cancer and the "co-survivor" and "coach" to her husband's cancer journey.  Charli credits her healthy lifestyle as the empowerment she needs to face the emotional and physical challenges of survivorship. In her spare time, Charli gardens, teaches yoga and meditation to chronically ill patients, and spends time with her husband, dogs, and four granddaughters.

 


Debby, BCPA

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Debby is a Board Certified Patient Advocate who has a long history of service as a hospital chaplain and a hospice worker. Debby is currently also on staff as a Patient Advocate at Gilda’s Club Madison. She has also founded and leads a team of nursing, case management and medical billing advocates in her private practice. Debby and her husband enjoy traveling, supporting University of Wisconsin events, and time with their four adult children. Debby and her husband enjoy traveling, supporting University of Wisconsin events, and time with their family.

 


Jim, LCSW

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Jim has been with the Helpline since its inception in 2012. After deciding to pursue Clinical Social Work, Jim has worked in many facets of mental health. He has worked in crisis care settings in hospitals, with children in schools, with the military as a civilian readjustment counselor, and as a military and family life consultant. He has had a private practice in psychotherapy for many years and continues to be involved as a crisis response counselor. Jim, his wife, and their dog enjoy living in a small seaside community where they are active in several organizations including the Community Emergency Response Team. In their free time, they like beachcombing, kayaking and spending time with their three children and five grandchildren.

 

Kaley

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Kaley works on the Helpline as a Resource Specialist. After losing her mom to metastatic breast cancer at age 14, Kaley made it her lifelong mission to help those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. She began her career of supporting people with cancer and their loved ones at one of Cancer Support Community’s California sites, where she worked as an Operations Manager for five years. Kaley has two college-aged daughters, three cats, and is very philanthropically active in her community.

 

“I called and spoke to Carol, who was AMAZING! She listened with a caring ear to my story and provided me with resources and phone numbers for support. She made me feel at ease when we spoke and offered encouraging words.”

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Anita, LMSW

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Anita began with Cancer Support Community as a Program Manager and Noogieland Coordinator at her local affiliate in 2002 and transitioned to the Cancer Support Helpline in 2020. Much of Anita’s career has been dedicated to helping families, children and teens whose lives have been impacted by cancer through support group facilitation, workshops, social opportunities and specialty camps connecting youth together to share in their experiences.  Over her tenure, Anita has facilitated a variety of support groups for those with a diagnosis as well as caregivers.

Anita has dedicated much of her on-going training in mindfulness and neuroplasticity with certifications in Positive Neuroplasticity and Compassion Fatigue.

In her spare time, Anita is dedicated to supporting international and national missions as part of Women on Mission. Anita enjoys hockey road trips to support her son’s team and is especially thankful for family time spent with her husband, son and two dogs.

Kristi, LCSW 

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Kristi is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in oncology, palliative care & hospice for the majority of her career. She also has a private practice specializing in grief and loss. Kristi has an interest in integrating spirituality and creativity to help people heal and grow. She volunteers with a program called Dance to be Free that promotes the healing power of dance in women prisons. Kristi also enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography and writing.

 

 

Liz, LMFT, PsyD

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Liz has been a part of the Cancer Support Helpline since 2012. She is also a facilitator at several Cancer Support Community sites in California, and facilitates groups for both patients and caregivers in the Spanish speaking community. Liz also has a private practice, where her focus has been in working with the individual needs of her clients. Currently, Liz is completing her doctorate in Advanced Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. For fun, Liz loves to relax by reading the Sunday New York Times, taking walks in nature, and visiting her favorite museums.

 

 

Michael, MPH, PCC, ACC

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Michael started as a Resource Specialist on the Cancer Support Helpline in August 2017. Michael has a private, life coaching practice where he works with a range of people, including cancer survivors. He is also on the faculty of a coaching certification program that integrates coaching and social justice.  Michael has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years as a counselor for LGBTQ teens, a community health educator, and a program director at a large nonprofit. In his spare time he enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi books, watching horror movies and is also a tennis fanatic.  He also loves to travel when he has the opportunity.  As a cancer survivor himself, Michael is grateful to have the opportunity to support others affected by cancer by connecting them with vital resources that will help them live their best lives.

 

 

 

"I was overwhelmed by the generosity and helpfulness of each person I spoke with — you all seem perfectly matched to your roles! Thanks for getting me (us!) started in the right direction."

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Jeanette

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Jeanette joined Cancer Support Community, working as a Resource Specialist on the helpline, in 2019. Her commitment to helping those affected by cancer began in 2006, when she became a licensed Radiation Therapist. Prior to joining CSC, Jeanette lived in England and worked as a Cancer Information and Support Specialist for a cancer charity in the UK.

 

 

Terri, MSW, LCSW

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Terri has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2007 and has focused her career on grief, loss and life transition. She has worked in the field of oncology since 2013 and her goal in working with patients and those who provide them support is to help them identify strengths and resources that can help them navigate their cancer experience. When not working on the Cancer Support Community Helpline, she is fostering her interest in the use of therapeutic humor in healthcare, animal assisted therapy and enjoy spending time outdoors with her family and pets.

The Cancer Support Helpline staff are available to counsel cancer patients or their loved ones who are struggling to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Our trained professionals can be reached toll-free at 1-888-793-9355 or via the 'Chat Now' window at the bottom of your screen. 

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET  and Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET

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