OCRA’s Woman to Woman is a unique support program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained survivor volunteers who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring to women when they need it most. From the moment of diagnosis through the end of treatment, Woman to Woman survivor volunteers have helped hundreds of women and their families cope with gynecologic cancer.
We carefully match volunteers to new patients based on cancer type, age, language and culture, patient preferences, and other factors. Volunteers meet one-on-one with the patients to listen, discuss concerns, provide advice and support, and sometimes, just hold a hand.
Survivor volunteers are professionally trained and supervised by a coordinator who oversees the program. (Coordinators are typically hospital social workers or nurse practitioners). During their intensive training, volunteers learn active listening, communication skills, and how to address cultural differences. They also receive an overview of gynecologic cancers and the issues associated with them, and gain an understanding of their own relationship to their illness as they prepare to volunteer. Survivor volunteers give patients hope and insights that can only come from someone who has experienced the same gynecologic cancer.
Woman to Woman is supported by grants from Gail Baird Foundation and Genentech.