Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 174–179 | Cite as

Training Senior Peer Counselors to Provide Telephone Support for Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Survivors

  • Rebecca Crane-OkadaEmail author
  • Evelyn Freeman
  • Marlena Ross
  • Holly Kiger
  • Armando E. Giuliano


Volunteers require carefully designed and evaluable training before providing support to newly diagnosed older breast cancer survivors (BCS) after surgery. A training module and 20-h course incorporating discussion, role plays, dyads, and written material were created to supplement core training of senior peer counselors, who provided a telephone support intervention in a randomized controlled trial. Twelve volunteers began the training, ten completed the course, and six of the ten subsequently provided telephone support to 107 BCS. Specialized supplemental training, along with ongoing supervision, effectively prepared volunteers to provide support via telephone to BCS, augmenting professional support.


Peer counseling Breast cancer Older adults Specialized training 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Crane-Okada
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • Evelyn Freeman
    • 3
  • Marlena Ross
    • 3
  • Holly Kiger
    • 3
  • Armando E. Giuliano
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population SciencesBeckman Research Institute of City of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgical OncologyJohn Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health CenterSanta MonicaUSA
  3. 3.WISE & Healthy AgingSanta MonicaUSA
  4. 4.Beckman Research InstituteCity of Hope National Medical CenterDuarte91010USA

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