Texas Health Presbyterian Buddy Program
The THD Buddy Program is a volunteer support network serving the oncology (cancer) patients of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. It brings together those who have already dealt with the complex issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment with patients or family members who may wish to talk or meet with someone who’s been through the experience. For patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, connecting with someone who has “been there” can be a great source of comfort. The THD Buddy Program links individuals who have already experienced diagnosis and treatment with those who are facing it for the first time. THD Buddy Program volunteers include cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers. Volunteers talk to patients and families via telephone or in-person about the treatment experience, guide them through the hospital system, and discuss available resources.
Buddy Program volunteers must be at least a year out of active treatment or have stable, managed chronic disease before being trained for the program. Participation in the Buddy Program must also be approved by the volunteer’s medical team. Once an application is received, THD Buddy Program staff will contact the medical team to ensure that the volunteer is appropriate medically and emotionally to support others in need.
Prior to contact with patients, THD Buddy Program volunteers must complete the traditional volunteer on-boarding process of application, employee health requirements, and attend new volunteer orientation. Once the volunteer has attended new volunteer orientation, additional Buddy Program training will be scheduled.
2018 MEETING TOPICS
UREF sponsors a monthly prostate cancer support group at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Cancer Center the third Monday of the month.
8196 Walnut Hill Lane (behind main hospital building) in the
Community Room of Cancer Support Community.
Park in lot 9B in front of the Cancer Center and enter main door and go left. Dinner, meeting and parking are free.
6:30-7:00 Dinner and meet with other survivors
Download the MAP for directions to the meeting location.
Meeting coordinator: Angela Clark 214-345-5030
The meeting format is dinner with a lecture to follow. The dinner provides an opportunity to visit with other survivors and their spouses/caregivers prior to the lecture. There are a variety of individuals who attend the meeting, men who have chosen watchful waiting, those who have had surgery or radiation, and those with metastatic disease so it affords an opportunity to find someone to talk to about your specific situation.
To find other support group meetings in the Dallas area visit North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition website.
2019 MEETING DATES / TOPICS