As a newly diagnosed cancer patient learning to cope and understand your condition, deciding on next steps and finding the right support can be challenging.
During major life changes, it helps to have the support of someone who has gone through a similar experience and can understand how you're feeling. In Penn Radiation Oncology, we offer the Patient Pairs Program, a patient-to-patient program to help patients new to radiation treatment build meaningful connections and get the support you need. While not all cancer experiences are the same, we will do our best to match you with someone who had a diagnosis and treatment plan as close to yours as possible.
The Radiation Oncology Patient Pairs Program consist of “alumni” patients who have undergone radiation treatment and can talk to you about their experience, offer advice and comfort throughout the radiation treatment process. Welcoming patients to stay connected with the Penn Radiation Oncology community of faculty, staff and other patients.
As an alumni member, you can receive quarterly newsletters, continue to participate in the Quality of Life Programs, and join the Patient Pairs and the Alumni & Patient Gatherings from the viewpoint of a patient who has completed radiation therapy.
Any patients who are interested in being paired can email RadOncPatientEngagement@uphs.upenn.edu for more information.
Radiation Oncology Patient and Alumni Gatherings
We welcome current patients, caregivers and alumni (former) patients to join our virtual weekly gatherings. The Patient and Alumni gatherings can provide an opportunity for you to meet and connect with others during what can feel like an isolating time. During these gatherings, you will hear from special guests within the Penn Radiation Oncology department and representatives from the greater cancer community as they share information and resources that can help you through your experience with cancer..
Please email RadOncPatientEngagement@uphs.upenn.edu to join the weekly Patient and Alumni gatherings.
Join the radiation alumni group