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Cancer Hope Network

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One-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. We match patients with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.

Real Life

Kevin was enjoying the first semester of his sophomore year of college. With an attitude typical of a college sophomore, he was ignoring a pain that was becoming increasingly frequent. Things changed during Christmas break - the pain was so bad he could not sleep.

Kevin went to his doctor. His testicle was swollen, and the doctor diagnosed an infection and prescribed antibiotics. The swelling did not decrease; an ultrasound was ordered. As Kevin prepared to return to school for the spring term, he received a call from his doctor who told him that he had a tumor and to "check into the hospital tomorrow for surgery." During surgery, a malignant tumor was found. Kevin also had to undergo radiation treatments which left him extremely weak and still in intense pain that was so bad he went to the emergency room. He was admitted to the hospital and it was discovered that there was a mass in his abdomen. He began the first of four aggressive rounds of chemotherapy.

The side effects of the treatment were devastating. He was down to 110 pounds, had lost his hair and eyebrows, his blood counts were down - he and his family were demoralized. "If you look sick, you feel sick, and people react to the way you look." Kevin's oncologist suggested that the family contact Cancer Hope Network (CHN). A Cancer Hope Network Support Volunteer spent time with Kevin and his family. When Kevin was at his lowest point, he had tangible proof of survivorship sitting at his bedside.

Kevin finished his chemotherapy treatments and subsequent surgery determined that the mass in his abdomen was reduced to scar tissue. Kevin felt that the Cancer Hope Network support had such a profound ef