CancerCare Welcomes New CEO, Patricia Goldsmith

April 7, 2014

As CancerCare approaches the 70th anniversary of its founding, we are pleased to welcome oncology leader Patricia Goldsmith as the new Chief Executive Officer. Patricia will officially join the organization on May 5, 2014.

“As CancerCare marks seven decades of helping the cancer community, we are thrilled to have found an exceptional leader in Patricia Goldsmith,” said CancerCare National Board of Trustees President Susan Smirnoff. “Patricia is a dynamic oncology visionary with an outstanding record of achievement, and we look forward to expanding CancerCare’s service offerings under her leadership.”

Patricia brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and strategic planning experience to her new role, and has a proven track record of success in hospital and physician academic organizations, as well as nongovernmental health care organizations. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 25 of the world’s leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research and education. In this role, she was responsible for overall operations and provided oversight for a multitude of programs and national initiatives.

Prior to joining NCCN, she was Vice President for Institutional Development, Public Affairs and Marketing at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute-Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“CancerCare is a remarkable organization that does so much good for so many,” said incoming CEO Patricia Goldsmith. “As the leading social service organization in cancer, CancerCare is well-positioned to support the coming changes in our health care system directly relating to the psychosocial and financial effects of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. I have admired the organization for many years and am honored to have been chosen to become the next CEO. I look forward to working with the talented staff and Board of Trustees to achieve even greater success in the coming decade.”


CancerCare Recognizes the Importance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for People Affected by Cancer

March 24, 2014

CancerCare Social Work Staff and Training Instructors

CancerCare‘s staff of oncology social workers recently received in-depth training on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. CBT is a therapeutic model that focuses on empowering the client to create coping mechanisms for life stressors and issues that otherwise compromise the quality of life.

“CBT is a model that fits the CancerCare counseling approach and is appropriate for the person with cancer, the caregiver and the bereaved,” said CancerCare Director of Clinical Services William Goeren, LCSW-R, ACSW, BCD.

One featured topic, “Body Image Issues after Cancer Treatment,” explored the multiple factors affecting body image and the outcomes of CBT and mindfulness interventions.

The training was lead by Szilvia Vas, health psychology researcher and member of the British Psychological Society; Andrea Ryder, Macmillan therapist; Ashley Yarwood, Macmillan therapist; and Jeanette McCarthy Macmillan director.

CancerCare provides free services for anyone affected by cancer. View all of CancerCare’s body image resources and learn more about our counseling services.


Resources for Women Coping With Cervical Cancer

January 9, 2014

January is observed as Cervical Health Awareness Month, and it was started as a way to recognize the need for awareness of HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and a major cause of cervical cancer. However, HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers can help you learn about ways to cope with or prevent cervical cancer, and can locate resources (including screening programs) in your community. The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program also provides helpful information, including a state-by-state directory of free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test screening programs.

CancerCare is offering an upcoming 15-week online support group for women diagnosed with a gynecologic and/or reproductive cancer who are currently receiving treatment. In this group led by an oncology social worker, patients give support to each other and share resources and information.

To join this group, you will need to complete our online registration process. After joining this password-protected group, you can read and post messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The group will continue accepting members after the February 1 start date.

CancerCare’s free services also include individual counseling from professional oncology social workers and financial assistance. To speak with a professional oncology social worker, call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Visit to learn more about Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Brian Tomlinson, MPA, BSW Joins CancerCare as Chief Program and Communications Officer

November 12, 2013

CancerCare is thrilled to announce that Brian Tomlinson, MPA, BSW joins the organization today as Chief Program and Communications Officer. Brian, who began his career as a social worker, is a highly respected national advocate for cancer patients and their families.

“I am excited to be joining such a remarkable organization with 70 years of history,” he shares. “I look forward to working with the dedicated CancerCare team to expand national awareness and to continue to carry out the incredible mission of helping people cope with the emotional and practical challenges of a cancer diagnosis.”

In his new role, Brian will lead CancerCare’s educational and patient assistance programs, as well as public affairs, brand management and communications.  Most recently, Brian served as Chief Program Officer at the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF).

“We are delighted to welcome Brian to the organization,” says CancerCare National Board of Trustees President Susan Smirnoff. “His extensive knowledge and experience in oncology social services, education and program development perfectly align with our core mission and values. We’re excited to have such an outstanding addition to the leadership team as we plan for the future of CancerCare.” 

Brian holds a masters degree in nonprofit management and public administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Long Island University. He is a member of several professional societies including the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the American Association for Cancer Education, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.

Get the Facts on Lung Cancer Awareness and Prevention

October 28, 2013

According to a new study on lung cancer awareness, nearly a quarter of people in the 21 countries surveyed admitted they could not name any symptoms of the diagnosis.

Dr. Matthew Peters, chair of The Global Lung Cancer Coalition, said: “Patients are often diagnosed with lung cancer at a very late stage when treatment is no longer an option. If we can get patients diagnosed earlier, we can treat them and save lives. That is why being aware of the symptoms is so important.”

The groundbreaking study’s results will be presented at the IASLC 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer, held this year in Sydney, Australia. CancerCare National Lung Cancer Program Coordinator Win Boerckel, LCSW-R, MSW, MBA will be in attendance at the conference.

“It’s heartening to learn about the ever-increasing activity to find new drugs for the treatment of lung cancer and to be able to bring that news back to CancerCare’s lung cancer clients,” Win shares.  “Each new development provides patients and caregivers with a new measure of hope in overcoming this dreaded disease.”

CancerCare provides a comprehensive network of services for people coping with any type and stage of lung cancer, including our upcoming Connect Education Workshop, Advances in the Treatment of Lung Cancer. Listen in live over the telephone or online as leading experts, including Win, answer your questions.

The workshop will take place Tuesday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m. EST. Participation is free, and pre-registration is required.

Learn more about how we help people coping with lung cancer.

CancerCare’s 11th Annual Lung Cancer Walk for Hope will take place Sunday, November 3rd at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course in Woodbury, NY. All proceeds from the event support CancerCare’s free services for people coping with lung cancer.

Watch a video about the Lung Cancer Walk for Hope:

Whether you walk, volunteer or donate, your participation will make all the difference to someone facing lung cancer. Learn more and register.

Phi Beta Kappa “Back to School” Drive Collects Donated School Supplies for Children and Teens Affected by Cancer

October 25, 2013

CancerCare was honored to participate in the New York City chapter of Phi Beta Kappa’s 1st Annual Back to School Special Networking Event as a recipient of donated school supplies for children and teens affected by cancer. The event was a tremendous success, with each attending member of the national academic honor society bringing with them supplies for children and teens going back to school.

CancerCare helps anyone affected by any type or stage of cancer. Learn more about our specialized services for children and teens.

[CancerCare Team Pictured L to R: Oncology Social Worker Angelique Caba, LCSW, Director of Education and Training Carolyn Messner, DSW, LCSW-R, Sarah Quinlan, Dawn Zador and Program Division Director Rosalie Canosa, LCSW-R]


New Resource for People Coping With Metastatic Breast Cancer

October 22, 2013

Fifteen leading advocacy organizations and cancer charities, including CancerCare, have joined together to form the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, with the vision of transforming and improving the lives of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. 

The alliance aims to unify the efforts of its members and to increase awareness and education while advancing research and policy – efforts for metastatic breast cancer that have the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately find a cure. Learn more about the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance at

CancerCare provides a comprehensive network of services for people coping with metastatic breast cancer, including our recent Connect Education Workshop, Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Listen to the workshop as a free podcast.

CancerCare’s services also include free support groups for people coping with metastatic breast cancer, available over the telephone and online. We also currently offer an online support group for people facing any type of breast cancer.

Learn more about our free services for people affected by breast cancer, including counseling, publications and breast prosthesis clinics and other community programs for people living in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Caribou Coffee Partners With CancerCare to Support People Impacted by Breast Cancer

September 27, 2013

Starting September 28, Caribou Coffee, one of the leading branded coffee companies will offer a special Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend collection of coffee, tea and merchandise to support CancerCare’s free, professional services. The collection honors Caribou’s original roastmaster and friend, Amy Erickson, who passed away from breast cancer. CancerCare supporters can pay tribute to Amy and those impacted by breast cancer by purchasing any item from the Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend collection in Caribou stores and online September 28 through October 31.

For the second year in a row, Caribou will donate 10 percent of all retail coffeehouse proceeds from the collection directly to CancerCare. Last year’s partnership helped raise $250,000 in support of people coping with breast cancer—the largest amount raised in the 17-year history of Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend program!

This year, the coffee will also be available on the shelves of select Caribou grocery stores throughout the country. For every 11 oz. bag of Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend sold in grocery stores, an additional $0.50 will be donated to CancerCare, with a total minimum donation of $100,000 and maximum donation of $250,000.

The 2013 Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend collection was created to include not only exclusive hot and cold drinkware, but also accessories such as an infinity scarf, lip gloss, hair ties and a pen, in addition to the coffee and tea. And, supporters who purchase the new, limited-edition Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend hot tumbler starting September 28 will receive unlimited coffee refills at any Caribou location for the entire month of October.

Caribou and CancerCare are also providing warmth to those in need through an innovative social media campaign, “CaribouKnits.” For every message shared using #CaribouKnits on Facebook or Twitter from September 28 through October 31, Caribou team member volunteers will knit one inch of a scarf. All scarves will be donated to CancerCare to provide warmth to those coping with breast cancer in the Caribou communities.

To learn more about this year’s Caribou Coffee Amy’s Blend program, visit You can also place bulk orders for Amy’s Blend coffee at

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September 12, 2013

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and September 12, 2013 marked the first national MPN Awareness Day. “MPN” stands for myeloproliferative neoplasms, a group of blood cancers including myelofibrosis, polycythemia vera and thrombocythemia. Because these diagnoses are relatively rare, many people are unfamiliar with MPN.

Voices of MPNTM was created to promote greater awareness of MPN. The initiative builds on the belief that raising the voices of those with MPNs will shine a light on these rare diagnoses to encourage unity, connection and support for people affected by MPNs.

Living with a rare condition can cause people to feel isolated and alone. Voices of MPN strives to help people cope with feelings of isolation by encouraging people to create a community to raise awareness and share their personal experiences. The cornerstone of the Voices of MPN initiative is the website, which links individuals affected by MPNs to information, educational programs and community engagement activities and resources.

Join MPN advocates in promoting awareness and empowering people living with MPNs to raise their voices and form a community of advocacy. Visit to learn more.

CancerCare provides free services for people coping with any cancer diagnosis, including blood cancers. Learn more about how we help people with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelofibrosis, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and rare cancers.

My Cancer Circle: A Support Network for Caregivers

July 20, 2013

Caregivers provide important emotional and physical care for a person with cancer. Their responsibilities may include helping a loved one with daily activities such as getting to the doctor or preparing meals. They may also be tasked with managing finances and paperwork while keeping up with day-to-day family and work responsibilities.

Many times, friends and community members want to help, but are unsure of where to begin. is an online tool created by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with CancerCare to help caregivers create their own community of support. The tool allows caregivers to coordinate volunteer activities such as cooking meals or transporting a loved one to appointments. My Cancer Circle also provides a private space where members can offer words of support and encouragement.

To learn more about My Cancer Circle™ or to create a community to support a loved one facing cancer, visit

Learn how to create a community of support from leading experts by listening to the podcast “My Cancer Circle: A Support Network for Caregivers.”

CancerCare provides free services specifically for caregivers, including support groups (available face to face, over the phone, and online), publications and Connect Education Workshops.

View all of CancerCare’s free services for caregivers. My Cancer Circle is a trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.