I Can Cope



The I Can Cope training module, "Learning About Cancer" has recently been revised! Volunteers that have been trained as I Can Cope Facilitators can access the updated module at www.societylink.org.  Go to the communities tab on the left-hand side, hover over volunteers and programs, and click on I Can Cope. For more information about I Can Cope, please contact your staff partner, whose contact information can be accessed from the homepage by clicking on the Patient Program Specialist Coverage map posted on the right-hand side.



I Can Cope is a free educational program for adults facing cancer- either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver.  It gives information on diagnosis and treatment, side effects of treatment, self-esteem and intimacy, communicating concerns and feelings, community resources, financial concerns, pain management, nutrition and physical activity, cancer-related fatigue, and keeping well in mind, body and spirit. 

For more information about I Can Cope classes in your area, call 1-800-227-2345, or visit our Web site, www.cancer.org.  

Online classes can be taken as well through going to www.cancer.org/onlineclasses. 


"We hear all the time about the importance of having this class. We have a core group of people who always come and then a few more based on the topic and where they might be in their cancer recovery process."

"Key themes we hear are:

  • It is wonderful to have access to medical & community experts who can answer my questions and provide sound counsel
  • Presenters provide practical and meaningful information that I can apply in my own life
  • This class provides resources and hope when I need it most"

- Jason Bergstrand, LSW
  Social Worker/Wellness Program Coordinator



Training Materials

Below are links to the I Can Cope volunteer training materials. These materials/resources can be printed or downloaded and saved on your computer to reference when participating in an Update Training.

Training Calendar

Volunteer Handbook


Volunteer Resources and Forms

Midwest Division Program Delivery Form

This form is used to track all patient participation in American Cancer Society programs.  It is very important that you fill out and submit a form for each patient you visit.

If you have any questions or experience any problems, please email mwpatientprograms@cancer.org. We will follow up with you the next business day.

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