NOTE: Winship volunteer opportunities for patients and caregivers have been temporarily modified to a virtual experience in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Woman to Woman program carefully pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained survivor-volunteers, who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring.
Volunteer mentors meet one-on-one with recently diagnosed patients to listen, discuss concerns, provide support, and sometimes, just hold a hand. Mentors are carefully matched to patients based on cancer type, age, language and culture, patient preferences, as well as other relevant factors. Mentors are professionally trained and supervised by a coordinator who also oversees the program.
During the Woman to Woman mentor training, volunteers learn:
- Active listening
- Communication skills
- How to address person differences.
In addition, mentors receive an overview of gynecologic cancers and the issues associated with them to gain an overall understanding of gynecologic cancers. These survivor mentors give hope, along with the special insights that can only come from someone who has also had a gynecologic cancer experience.
Become a Woman to Woman mentor
If you are a gynecologic cancer survivor, caregiver, or family member of a cancer patient interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out the application by clicking the button below for to be considered as a mentor in the Woman to Woman program. As this program is a peer-to-peer program, survivors will be matched with survivors and caregivers will be matched with other caregivers.
- Complete the Volunteer Application
- Complete and pass an interview
- Provide proof of up to date vaccinations, and if applicable, complete and pass a TB test
- Receive the flu vaccine during flu season
- Complete and pass a criminal background check
- Complete orientation training
In addition to the above requirements, survivor mentors are required to have been out of treatment for at least 6 months prior to volunteering.
Additionally, volunteers who have had a loved one recently pass away from cancer will need to delay volunteering for at least 12 months.
Patients seeking Woman to Woman mentor
If you are a gynecologic cancer patient seeking to be connected to a Woman to Woman mentor, please apply below and fill out the Woman to Woman Patient Enrollment Form. Be sure to fill all of the mandatory fields and to submit the form once completed.
For additional information on the national Woman to Woman program visit the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance's Woman to Woman website.
To learn about gynecologic cancer care at Winship Cancer Institute, visit any one of the following: