Support persons

Providing peer support and the development of support person activities are a central focus of the Cancer Society’s work. The Cancer Society trains peer support persons and palliative care support persons.

These trained volunteers support cancer patients and their loved ones throughout the country. The team of Cancer Society support persons includes people with cancer, cancer patients’ relatives and other active volunteers.

A support person is committed to the principles, regulations and values of the Cancer Society and has taken a pledge of confidentiality.


Provincial cancer associations and national patient organisations are responsible for support person activities.

The Cancer Society also has a number of experts by experience, who tell about patients’ experiences in basic training courses of the health care professionals. The Cancer Society is involved in the national expert by experience network, which includes associations and federations representing different sickness and disability groups.

National expert by experience network (in Finnish)