Our patients tell us . . .

“The information that was provided to me was exactly what I needed to feel less anxious and scared when I met with the surgeon.”

“It has been so reassuring to have someone with me during treatments who has survived cancer and who can help me on this journey. I don’t feel so alone.”

HandsThe Peer Navigator program provides special support on a one-to-one basis. It matches cancer patients with trained cancer survivors. The program is available to any cancer patient, regardless of where the patient receives treatment.

Peer navigators are survivors who have been trained to be “cancer coaches.” They will provide information on your disease and treatment options, as well as resources to help you and those you love. They are also trained to assist you with problem-solving and coping strategies. If desired, a peer navigator can go with you to your doctor’s visit or treatments.

The UC Davis Health Cancer Peer Navigator program currently has Peer Navigators available for patients.

To learn more and request a Cancer Peer Navigator, please contact:

Kenneth Isaac, Peer Navigation Coordinator at 916-734-0766 or email

The UC Davis Cancer Peer Navigator program relies on cancer survivors who want to become volunteer cancer coaches and mentors for patients. 

As a Cancer Peer Navigator, you will learn how to assist cancer patients through the diagnosis and treatment process. Your role is to help cancer patients learn strategies to reduce anxiety, solve problems, understand and cope with treatment options. Many of our Cancer Peer Navigators have discovered working with new patients is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Who is eligible to become a Cancer Peer Navigator?

All Cancer Peer Navigators must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a cancer survivor who completed treatments at least one year ago
  • Have access to a personal computer and email
  • Complete a short screening interview to demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Complete a three hour training and be available for monthly update meetings either in person or on the phone
  • Availability to work with a patient for up to three to six months
  • Attend one to two, two-hour trainings annually

What is the time commitment to be a Cancer Peer Navigator?

Many of our Cancer Peer Navigators are able to actively work with a patient while working full-time, taking time for raising a family and continuing on with life events such as vacations and retirements. During the process of becoming a Cancer Peer Navigator you will provide information on your availability. Some patients will need a lot of assistance from their Cancer Peer Navigator, which may include going to some doctor’s appointments. Other patients may just need a Cancer Peer Navigator to meet or talk on the phone with weekly. Before assigning new patients to a Cancer Peer Navigator, we take all these needs into consideration.

What if I don’t live near Sacramento and I didn’t complete my treatment at UC Davis?

Cancer Peer Navigators do not need to be former patients of UC Davis, and we have a variety of Cancer Peer Navigators who have received treatments around California and out of state.  Even if you live a far distance from Sacramento, you can still participate. We have many patients who live in outlying areas of Northern California who could really use your mentorship and guidance.

To learn more about becoming a Cancer Peer Navigator:

Contact 916-734-0766.