Cancer Support in Houston

Emotional Support for Cancer Patients

Request Survivor or Caregiver Match

You are Not Meant to Face Cancer Alone

Connect with CanCare in Houston to have a survivor by your side

“You have cancer” is a scary diagnosis often received with shock and disbelief. In a short moment, these words change an entire life - leaving people feeling confused, scared, and discouraged. It’s incredibly common to feel alone and overwhelmed while processing these emotions — even when surrounded by friends and family. Centrally located in Houston, CanCare has been creating life-changing relationships to support those facing cancer for more than 30 years.

CanCare matches current cancer fighters with cancer survivors who want to get emotional support to aid them as they navigate intense treatment. CanCare also provides cancer caregiver support by matching caretakers with those who have walked the path of caring for someone through the cancer diagnosis.

No matter where you are in your cancer journey, if you need cancer support in Houston, CanCare is committed to connecting you with a voice of hope.

Join a Virtual Support Group

Cancer Caregiver Online Support Group

2nd Thursday of each month | 12PM Central

At our support group for cancer caregivers, you will hear from one of our CanCare volunteer caregivers and have an opportunity to share your journey with other caregivers – through listening and/or sharing.

Stage 4 Cancer Online Support Group

3rd Friday of each month | 12PM Central

Join us to hear from one of our CanCare volunteer survivors of stage IV cancer and have an opportunity to share the journey with others living with a similar diagnosis.

Cancer Survivors Online Support Group

2nd Tuesday of each month | 4PM Central

A support group for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis at any stage.

Email us at groups@cancare.org to join these zoom gatherings.

Types of Cancer Support in Houston

CanCare has volunteers who, combined, have experienced over 50 different types of cancer.
Brain Cancer
Liver Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Bone Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Lung Cancer
Skin Cancer
Testicular Cancer

FAQs About Cancer Support in Houston

For whom does CanCare offer support?

CanCare support is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, as well as those who care for someone who loves someone affected by cancer. No matter if you need cancer support in Texas or if you're located anywhere else in the country, CanCare is here to help you!

Is there a cost for CanCare’s services?

All of CanCare’s support services are free to cancer patients and caregivers thanks to the generous support of our donors.

Who will I be paired with?

CanCare will match you with a cancer survivor or caregiver with similar cancer and treatment history. If there are other specifics you are seeking in your support volunteer, please note that on your request form and we will do our best to find the best match.

How long does it take to be matched?

Matches are generally made within 2-3 business days after receipt of the request. A CanCare team member will reach out to you if for any reason there is a delay in making a match.

How do I request a match?

To request a match, complete our match request form. The more information you provide on the request form, the better match our CanCare team members will be able to make. If you have any difficulty completing the form or would like to speak to a CanCare team member, you can call us at 888-461-0028.

What information do you need to make a match?

For survivors, we match based on type and stage of cancer, treatment, and age.  For caregivers, we match based on the relationship to the care receiver (e.g., caregiver to spouse or caregiver to parent) and cancer type.  Providing us with this information enables us to find the closest match available.

Can my loved one be matched with a support volunteer?

Yes. We offer emotional support to both cancer patients and their loved ones.  Please have your loved one complete the request for support or call us at 888-461-0028.

Can I speak with my support volunteer in person?

Most of our support volunteers provide support over the phone or online.  If you and your support volunteer want to meet in person, you can talk about it together.

Can I have more than one volunteer?

Yes. This can be particularly helpful when you are trying to make decisions about treatment, e.g., a mastectomy vs lumpectomy + radiation.  In this situation, a person may request a volunteer who chose a mastectomy and a second volunteer who chose a lumpectomy with radiation. If you wish to request more than one volunteer, please call us at 888-461-0028 and press 2.

Are there any other ways to receive support?

Yes, we offer virtual support groups for Caregivers and Stage IV cancer patients. If you are interested in participating in a virtual support group, email us at groups@cancare.org. You can also submit a prayer request by visiting our Prayer Request page or emailing us at prayer@cancare.org.

What is the difference between CanCare’s service and therapy?

CanCare stands apart from traditional psychotherapy or counseling by offering a sense of community. We have a passion for providing one-on-one emotional support with a carefully-matched volunteer caregiver or cancer survivor. These survivors are not licensed therapists, but regular people who have walked the cancer journey. We know how important it is to have someone in your corner that has been where you are.

Is this a confidential service?

Yes. Your information will only be shared with your support volunteer.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?

You may call the CanCare office at 888-461-0028 or email us at support@cancare.org. We know the toll the treatment process can take on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. From phone calls and one-on-one visits to support groups, we are here for you. We’re so committed to assisting you every step of the way, CanCare offers emotional support even up to a year after your treatment is completed.

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