Many Canadian men with prostate cancer lack access to adequate information and
emotional support to cope with the significant consequences of treatment, and experience
gaps in supportive care. With funding from Movember awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada,
the TrueNTH Peer Navigation Program was designed in partnership with patients and a
multidisciplinary team to address this gap.
In this program, men with prostate cancer and/or their partners are matched online with a peer navigator cancer survivor or caregiver based on criteria that they select (e.g., similar treatment, age, lifestyle, cancer experience). Peer Navigators are trained to provide their matched peers with personalized one-on-one support through their care journey with the goal of addressing their support needs, improving coping and reducing distress. Prostate cancer survivors and caregivers receive training to become peer navigators through a blended online/in-person, competency-based peer navigator training program. The TrueNTH Peer Navigation Program is currently being piloted at cancer centres in Toronto and Vancouver. This presentation will provide an overview of the program and results of the navigator training program