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Dr. Carolyn Messner of CancerCare® Is Presented the 2019 Association of Oncology Social Work’s (AOSW) Quality of Life in Cancer Care Award

The Award Was Presented on June 7, 2019 in Tucson, AZ and Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

Last week, CancerCare’s Carolyn Messner, DSW, OSW-C, FAPOS, FAOSW, LCSW-R, received the Association of Oncology Social Work’s (AOSW) Quality of Life in Cancer Care Award, a prestigious honor sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Messner currently serves as the Director of Education and Training at CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.

For the last four decades, Dr. Messner has presented and published on cancer’s emotional and practical impact for those diagnosed as well as their caregivers. She is a former president of AOSW, coeditor of the Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer and is a longtime instructor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. Dr. Messner is also a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations and in 2012 was named “Oncology Social Worker of the Year” by AOSW.

Dr. Messner oversees all Connect Education Workshops, the free one-hour telephone and online workshops that feature world leading cancer experts. Past workshops can be listened to over the phone or online at any time, and cover a wide-range of cancer-related topics.

AOSW and the American Cancer Society established this reputable award to highlight oncology social work’s commitment to improving the lives of people with cancer and their caregivers. The award is designed to honor individuals whose contributions benefit others; through education, service, publications and presentations.

“We’re so excited that AOSW chose to honor Dr. Carolyn Messner for her distinguished work affecting people who are coping with cancer,” says Patricia J. Goldsmith, CancerCare Chief Executive Officer. “Her outstanding achievements in social work and comprehensive patient care are truly admirable.”

The 2019 AOSW 35th Annual Conference was held in Tucson, AZ from June 5 – 7, 2019. The award ceremony which announced Dr. Messner’s award took place on Friday, June 7, as well as her lecture.

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.


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