Staff Expertise

Our staff’s publications, presentations, reports and videos are featured at national oncology and social work-related conferences, including:

  • Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN)

In addition to our staff's expertise, we also offer the 2016 CancerCare Patient Access and Engagement Report illustrating the many physical, emotional, financial, practical and informational needs cancer patients experience during and after treatment. It reflects the perspectives of more than 3,000 patients diverse in ethnicity, income, education, geography, age, insurance, cancer type and treatment stage.

Staff in Action

2017

  1. Andrea Cantor, LMSW, "Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  2. Richard Dickens, LCSW-R, "Rare Cancers Pose a Challenge for Patients, Clinicians"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  3. Caroline Edlund, LCSW-R, "Therapeutic Writing in Group Work for Patients With Cancer"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  4. Marissa Fors, LMSW, "Physical Activity Improves Outcomes for Patients with Breast Cancer and Survivors"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  5. William Goeren, LCSW-R, "Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  6. Patricia Goldsmith, "New Patient-Focused Initiatives Presented at ASCO 2017"video, obroncology.com
  7. Talila Marcus, LMSW, "Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  8. Glenn Meuche, LCSW-R, "The Integration of Cannabis in Oncologic Care"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  9. Kenneth Thorpe and Patricia Goldsmith, "Beating Cancer Shouldn’t Force Patients Into Bankruptcy"Oncology Nurse Advisor

2016

  1. Angelique Caba, LCSW-R, "Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  2. Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Principles in Daily Patient Interactions"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  3. Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "Improving Body Image After Cancer Treatments: Assessing the Effectiveness of an Online Mindfulness-Based Therapy (‘Me-Therapy’)"Appearance Matters Conference, hosted by Centre for Appearance Research
  4. Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "When Death Comes Knocking at the Door: Honoring End-of-Life Work in a Social Work Field Placement,”Presentation at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service
  5. Richard Dickens, LCSW-R, "The Role of Ritual in Celebration and Healing After Cancer"Coping With Cancer
  6. Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW, "Connecting With One’s Spiritual Identity in the Face of a Cancer Diagnosis"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  7. "Patricia Goldsmith on Patient Access and Engagement: Results of the CancerCare Report"video, AJMC.com
  8. William Goeren, LCSW-R, "Waiting is the Worst Part of Cancer”Seminar presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  9. Jennifer Gomera, LMSW, "Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  10. Claire Grainger-Valvano, LCSW, "Coloring as a Relaxation Tool"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  11. Stacy Lewis, LMSW, "How Physical Changes From Breast Cancer Affect Self-Image: Considerations for Clinicians"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  12. Michele McCourt, "Tips and Resources for Easing the Financial Burden of Cancer Copayments"Cure Magazine
  13. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "Cancer and Social Work"The Oncology Nurse
  14. Glenn Meuche, LCSW-R, "Finding Meaning Amidst Meaninglessness: Addressing Existential Angst at the End of Life”Presentation at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
  15. Glenn Meuche, LCSW-R, "Re-Imagining God: A Meditation on Existential Suffering at the End of Life"Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
  16. Maryrose Mongelli, LMSW, "Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  17. Ahuva Morris, LMSW, "Discovering Strength Through Connection: A Novel In-Person Support Group for Teens Affected by a Parent’s Cancer Diagnosis"poster presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  18. Ahuva Morris, LMSW, "Pillow Talk: How an Art Therapy Project Helps Families Talk About Cancer"Everyday Health
  19. Carly O’Brien, LCSW, "Final Wishes"Cancer Today
  20. Carly O’Brien, LCSW, "Finding Silver Linings"Cancer Today
  21. Carly O’Brien, LCSW, "When Roles Change"Cancer Today

2015

  1. Angelique Caba, LCSW-R, "Coping With the Loss of Fertility After Cancer"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  2. Andrew Chesler, LMSW, "Unique Challenges Confront Patients With Lung Cancer"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  3. Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW, "A Place to Grieve: Creating a Space to Reflect After a Client’s Death"poster presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  4. Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW and Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "When the Other Shoe Drops: The Unique Fears and Challenges of Recurrent Disease”Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  5. William Goeren, LCSW-R, "Understanding the Male Patient With Cancer"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  6. Claire Grainger, LCSW, and Kathy Nugent, LCSW, "The Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp: An Innovative Approach to Healing"poster presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  7. Sarah Kelly, LCSW, "Health Literacy and Older Adults: Strategies for Integration"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  8. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R and Stewart Fleishman, "Cancer in Contemporary Society: Grounding in Oncology and Psychosocial Care”Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  9. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, Grace Christ and Lynn Behar, LICSW, editors Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  10. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, Caroline Kornhauser and Rosalie Canosa, LCSW-R, "The Biopsychsosocial Implications of the Site of the Cancer”Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  11. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, Julie Hodorowski and Caroline Kornhauser, "The Importance of Patient Education”Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  12. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, Grace Christ and Lynn Behar, LICSW, "Oncology Social Work Leadership: Inventors in a Changing World”Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
  13. Glenn Meuche, LCSW, "An Unanticipated Awakening”Journal of Palliative Medicine
  14. Glenn Meuche, LCSW, "Embracing the Oneness of All Things: A Personal Reflection on the Implications of Shamanism for Social Work Practice in End of Life and Palliative Care"Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
  15. Ahuva Morris, LMSW, "Providing Psychosocial Care When the Patient Is a Child"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  16. Carly O’Brien, LCSW, "Supporting the Cancer Patient’s Long-Distance Caregiver"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  17. Sarah Paul, LMSW, "Cancer Changed My Body: Talking About Body Image With Teens"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  18. Sarah Paul, LMSW, "A Lost Population: How to Create a Safe Harbor in the Online Community for Teens Coping with Parental Cancer"poster presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  19. Victoria Puzo, LMSW, "Understanding the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient: Tips and Tools for Health Care Professionals"Oncology Nurse Advisor

2014

  1. Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "Oncology Social Work Field Education: An Insider’s Perspective"presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  2. Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW-R, "Finding Hope Beyond the Pall of a Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis; What Can We Do to Help?"poster presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  3. Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW and Maria Chi, LCSW-R, "When the Other Shoe Drops: The Unique Fears and Challenges of Recurrent Disease"Handbook of Oncology Social Work
  4. William Goeren, LCSW-R, "Bridging the Gap – the CancerCare/SAGE Support Group for Older Gay Men With Cancer"seminar presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  5. Claire Grainger-Valvano, LCSW, "Disclosing a Diagnosis to Children: Tell or Not Tell?"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  6. Claire Grainger-Valvano, LCSW, My Daddy Sits Upon a Stara children’s book about bereavement
  7. Sarah Kelly, LCSW, "Bridging Cancer Care for the Older Adult Patient"Oncology Nurse Advisor
  8. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R and Richard Dickens, LCSW-R, "When A Co-Worker is Dying of Cancer: A Place for Wounded Healers"10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society
  9. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "When a Co-Worker is Dying: Transformative Grief Educational Paradigm"International Cancer Education Conference
  10. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "What We So Proudly Hail: Training the Next Generation of Leaders in Oncology Social Work"Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference
  11. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "Cancer and Palliative Care Education Programs for Night Shift Workers"European Association for Cancer Education (EACE) Congress
  12. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "Paradigm of Patient Education"European Association for Cancer Education (EACE) Congress
  13. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "Stress, Serendipity and Resilience: Keynote Address in Celebration of Social Work Month"Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Department of Social Work and Pastoral Care
  14. Carolyn Messner, LCSW-R, "The Biopsychosocial Challenges Posed by Night Shift Workers"American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Conference
  15. Glenn Meuche, LCSW, "Becoming One with the Cosmic Dance and Flow"Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
  16. Glenn Meuche, LCSW, "Dying Amidst a Primordial Dawn"Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
  17. Carly O’Brien, LCSW, "Oncology Social Work Field Education: An Insider’s Perspective"presentation at the AOSW Annual Conference
  18. Sandra Tripodi, LCSW, "Conversations About Cancer: A Tool to Help Families Communicate"Oncology Nurse Advisor
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