On May 8, 2019, 200 of CancerCare supporters gathered at the Park Savoy in Florham Park, NJ, to celebrate CancerCare’s 31st Annual Festival of Hope Gala. Health care industry leaders, philanthropists and friends of the organization raised funds to support CancerCare’s free services for anyone affected by cancer.
“CancerCare is one of the few organizations that focus on patients and families WITH cancer,” shared Kay, a CancerCare client.
CancerCare celebrates its 75th anniversary by revealing a new campaign “If It Matters To You, It Matters To Us.” The campaign declares CancerCare’s commitment to holistic, patient-centered support services, and celebrates a legacy of comprehensive care for people living with cancer.
CancerCare recently held a second lung cancer roundtable discussion titled, “The Role of Lung Advocacy Organizations in Biomarker Testing.”
Treating people with cancer requires the coordination of complex care, and adding a clinical trial to the mix can pose more challenges. Many of us are avid supporters of research that yield more effective treatments, and we’re grateful to the patients who volunteer for clinical trials.
CancerCare has partnered with Barbells for Boobs, a nonprofit with a mission to help mobilize and empower propel to take action in breast cancer, to pioneer a breast health support line in New York City. The support line will direct individuals to services and screenings regardless of age, gender, income and insurance status. Those seeking assistance can call the NYC Support Line at 855-BFB-2DAY.
Dr. Michael Wong is professor of medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also sits on the advisory board of CancerCare’s Patient Values Initiative, a program of work designed to make sure that patients’ values and priorities are incorporated into treatment decision-making. Here he shares his thoughts on how we can ensure patient preferences are built into treatment programs and what care teams can be doing right now to make a difference.
Amy Berman is a senior program officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults, as well as an author, blogger and patient advocate living with Stage IV breast cancer. She is a member of CancerCare’s Patient Values Initiatives advisory board, helping to make sure that patients’ values and priorities are incorporated intro treatment decision-making. Here Amy reveals why she chose palliative care over curative treatments and discusses the challenges to integrating patient preferences into cancer treatment planning.
Each academic year, CancerCare welcomes students for a second-year field placement, who have an interest in the field of oncology social work. The internship program offers students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer on a person’s life. As part of National Social Work Month, we asked our current interns what skills they have gained while interning at CancerCare and what their favorite part of interning here was.
March is Social Work Month! This is Part V of our “Celebrating Social Workers” Blog Series. CancerCare’s Social Worker, Lauren Chatalian, LMSW, shares her thoughts on the importance of oncology social workers for people living with cancer.