What is a CCA Buddy?
A CCA Buddy is a volunteer who has agreed to talk to newly diagnosed patients and/or caregivers about their experience and to share information and advice along the cancer journey. In addition to providing hope and encouragement, Buddies give information on:
- Coping with side effects
- Treatment options
- Life after a colostomy
- Dealing with the many emotional issues that come with cancer
Who can be a CCA Buddy?
Anyone who has been affected by colorectal cancer can apply to volunteer for the CCA Buddy Program. Buddies are colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, family and friends of all ages and from all over the country.
Who can request a CCA Buddy?
Anyone affected by colorectal cancer can request a Buddy. This often includes patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, and family.
How will I be matched with a CCA Buddy?
After requesting a CCA Buddy, someone from our Patient Support Team will get in touch with you. You will be matched with a Buddy based on stage of diagnosis, age, gender, and primary concerns.
How can I benefit from talking with a CCA Buddy?
The CCA believes that taking an active role in one’s treatment and medical care is beneficial to patients. While the Buddy Program does not substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or information from a medical care provider, it does provide the encouragement and network of support that can help patients succeed in his or her fight against cancer.
How often will I meet with my CCA Buddy?
Once you are assigned a Buddy through the CCA Buddy Program, it is up to you and your Buddy to determine the frequency and best method for contact. Since the Buddy relationship will take place outside of any monitored environment, the CCA can assume no responsibility or liability for any interactions between Buddies. Those who participate are entirely responsible for their own participation and use of information.
Who can I contact if I still have questions about the CCA Buddy Program?