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. H.O.P.E. is a program developed to provide peer support to cancer patients and caregivers by connecting a Partner to a Guide. A Partner is someone who is looking for information and support from another person who has had a cancer experience. A Guide is someone who has had similar experiences with cancer and is trained to offer appropriate support. The James Guides have received training in specific communication skills so they can support and encourage their Partners.

How to Get Involved

Partner Eligibility:

  • 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 becoming a Partner, there are several ways to apply. You may complete the Partner enrollment form online. You can also print either the caregiver or person diagnosed with cancer Partner application, fill out, then submit via mail or fax. Please call 614-293-8771 if you have any questions.

Guide Eligibility:

  • 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. 
  • 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 including the two day Guide Training
  • Have internet access for Guide Portal
  • Attend at least two Guide Gatherings in a year to practice, learn more skills and support each other, as well as receive support from the H.O.P.E. staff.

If you are interested in applying as a Guide, please complete the online Guide application. Questions may be directed to 614-293-8771.

Guide Training

Guides are required to take a two-day training session in Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is a communication strategy that requires a set of basic communication skills and focuses on listening and supporting rather than directing or telling people what to do. MI is non-judgmental and non-confrontational.

View a sample agenda for the two-day training.


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 Survivorship 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 Survivorship 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 Survivorship 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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