Mary Hanley, MSW, LMSW
Online Support Group Program Coordinator
Mary is the Online Support Group Program Coordinator at CancerCare, providing counseling to people coping with cancer and people who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Presentations and publications:
- “Cancer and Fibromyalgia: Addressing the Needs of Patients Despite Limited Research,” Oncology Nurse Advisor (July 2020)
- “From CancerCare: The Importance of Cancer Caregivers in Medical Settings,” Real World Health Care (August 2019)
- “How to Help Patients at the End of Life and Their Loved Ones During the Holidays,” Oncology Nurse Advisor (November 2018)
Mary shares, “In my work at CancerCare, I am most motivated by helping those affected by cancer make the most of a hard, life-changing situation. Although we socially give the message that cancer survivors are “strong” and “warriors,” it’s important that those with cancer and their loved ones are given the time to not be okay, to be vulnerable, and to grieve what has been lost. My hope is that I and CancerCare more broadly can contribute to a culture of broadening our social understanding of cancer beyond catchy words, ribbons, and tropes.”