GAYE Thompson is a volunteer for Casula's Cancer Council home visiting program. She is determined to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients.
Every week she calls, visits, drives and takes patients to appointments or to see family members.
Ms Thompson has been a volunteer for the program for the past five years.
She said there was a need for more volunteers and more resources available to people going through cancer.
"Our doctors and nurses do an incredible job but it's the other part, the emotional side that we need to help.
"We personalise our service to our clients. We can go into their houses and sit with them if they're not well. We can take them out to visit family members and friends, pick them up from appointments or take them. Volunteering is something that money can't buy — it's a determination to make a difference."
Susan Lawson, who is fighting cancer, said volunteers like Ms Thompson made a big difference to their lives and their journey to recovery.
"Volunteers fill the emptiness. Sometimes it [cancer] can get the better of you," she said.
"There are a lot of people like myself that don't have the family support. They live alone and it can be a very lonely time for them.
"Being able to make that phone call when you've had a bad day . . . it makes a big difference to your life. It really does."
Casula's Cancer Council community programs co-ordinator Janice Low said the program started in 2010 and since then, has supported more than 90 people with transport, companionship and respite care.
"Cancer treatment is an incredibly difficult and exhausting process," Ms Lawson said.
"For people who may not have a lot of family and friends around, it adds enormous stress when there are bills to pay, jobs to be done, and appointments to keep."
Casula's Cancer Council needs more volunteers for its Home Visiting Program. For more details call Janice Low on 9354 205.