H.O.P.E. Program

Helping Others Through Peer Experiences

Research has shown that peer support can be very effective in helping people to cope with new, difficult or unexpected situations. The H.O.P.E. program matches cancer patients or caregivers looking for peer support to someone who has had a similar experience with cancer.

A Partner is a patient at The James, or their caregiver, who is looking for information and support from someone who has had a cancer experience.

A Guide is someone who has had a cancer experience with cancer and is trained to offer appropriate peer support. A Guide is at least one year past active cancer treatment or caregiving of a patient at The James.

For more information, call the H.O.P.E. Program at 614-293-8771.

How to Get Involved

To receive peer support, you must:

  • Be a patient or caregiver of a patient receiving treatment at The James.
  • Note: Patients can be newly diagnosed with cancer, currently undergoing treatment or completed treatment.
  • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

If you are interested in receiving peer support and becoming a Partner, please complete the Partner enrollment form online, or print the caregiver or the person diagnosed with cancer Partner application to submit via fax or mail.

To provide peer support, you must:

  • Be at least one year past active treatment or one year past providing caregiving.
  • Note: Active treatment is defined as chemo, radiation therapy and/or surgery and does not include maintenance therapy as treatment for a chronic condition. 
  • Individuals diagnosed with metastatic cancer may still apply. If you have questions about your eligibility for the program, please contact 614-293-8771
  • Be a patient or caregiver of a patient who was treated at The James.
  • Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Complete application process.
  • Have internet access for Guide Portal.
  • Attend initial Guide Training and supplemental trainings throughout the program.

If you are interested in providing peer support and becoming a Guide, please complete the online Guide application.


JamesCare for Life programs cover a broad range of categories designed to work with your healthcare team at the OSUCCC – James to improve quality of life following a cancer diagnosis. Offerings are evidence-based and focus on the many dimensions of well-being, including physical, emotional, spiritual, education/empowerment, and social/practical.

Programs are for cancer survivors including caregiver/family members and can be accessed from the time of diagnosis. Programs are offered free of charge. 

Pre-registration is required at cancer.osu.edu/JCFL. Here you will find more detailed program information, including dates, time and locations of upcoming programs. Specified programs are also available online via live stream or on-demand video recording.

For more information, please email jamescareforlife@osumc.edu or call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428.

It is important to use caution when looking up health information on the internet. Make sure the information is from a reliable and up-to-date source. The internet should be used for information purposes only. Always discuss any information you find on the internet with your doctor.

Visit our Patient Education website for a list of trustworthy websites you can use to find information about health conditions and other health-related resources.

Another resource for patients at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is the OSUCCC – James Supportive Care Clinic, which addresses issues that result from cancer treatment to assist patients with the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical concerns (job, insurance, financial) of living with cancer. The James Supportive Care Clinic offers experts in emotional counseling, art therapy, music therapy, cancer risk assessment (genetics), financial counseling, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy and spiritual counseling. Ask your cancer doctor or nurse practitioner for a referral to one or more specialists in the OSUCCC – James Supportive Care Clinic. Scheduling Line: 614-366-8700.

For more information about H.O.P.E., email HOPEatTheJames@osumc.edu or call 614-293-8771.

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