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.


AVONCares Supports CancerCare Financial Assistance for Women Facing Cancer

August 19, 2013

Being told that you have breast cancer or watching as a love one receives this diagnosis can turn your world upside down. Facing important medical decisions and managing difficult emotions can sometimes be overwhelming to everyone involved. But for many families, it is the tremendous financial cost of cancer treatment that presents the greatest challenge.

The financial impact of a cancer diagnosis is oftentimes overlooked and under-discussed. The inability to go to work and provide for one’s family, paired with medical and practical costs, can result in patients feeling lost and unsure of where to turn for help.

Donna came to CancerCare after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and facing a financial crisis. “I was overwhelmed with emotions, questions, concerns, and yes, sometimes fear. Because I was laid off from my job just short of a year before being diagnosed with aggressive stage-II cancer, I had nowhere else to go, since my treatments were overwhelming and left me with no energy to work. CancerCare came through for me, helping me to attend my daily radiation treatments that extended for seven weeks.”

Since 2000, The Avon Foundation for Women has generously supported CancerCare‘s financial assistance services, educational programs and publications for underserved women facing breast cancer. AVONCares, a partnership between CancerCare and the Avon Foundation for Women, provides limited financial assistance to underserved women for homecare, child care and transportation. Over the past 13 years of our partnership, the Avon Foundation has provided more than $20,000,000 to more than 65,000 women from all 50 states.

Remember to reach out for support—medical debt can cause emotional stress, but there are resources available to provide relief. Learn more about CancerCare’s financial assistance services, and view all of our support services for people affected by breast cancer, including counseling, support groups and education.

Support for CancerCare and the Avon Cares program is made possible by funds raised through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series. For more information, visit


Support for Women with Cervical Cancer

January 25, 2013

CancerCare provides free support services for women coping with cervical cancer, including counseling from professional oncology social workers and financial assistance.

Beginning February 4, CancerCare will also offer an online support group for women diagnosed with gynecologic and/or reproductive cancer who are currently receiving treatment. The group will be led by a professional oncology social worker.

“A diagnosis of cervical cancer can leave women feeling uncertain and alone,” says CancerCare women’s cancers program coordinator Allison Nilsen, LMSW. “Joining a support group can be a wonderful way to connect with others in a similar situation, where members can share feelings, ideas and information in a supportive environment.” 

Registration is required to join this support group. After joining this password-protected group, members can read and post messages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Register for this support group.

Visit CancerCare’s cervical cancer resources page to learn more about our services for women with cervical cancer.

Online Support Groups for People Coping with Cancer

July 26, 2012

CancerCare’s free online support groups connect you with others in a similar situation, helping you find support no matter where you live. Our online support groups are led by professional oncology social workers and are password-protected. Once members complete our registration process, they can participate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We offer over 20 different support groups targeting specific populations, such as people in treatment for cancer, people who are post-treatment, caregivers, and people who have lost a loved one.

A few support groups that are actively seeking new members include our Brain Tumor Caregiver Support Group, Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Support Group, and People Who Have Lost A Loved One Support Group.

Even if we don’t currently offer a group for your specific diagnosis, we do offer general groups for men with cancer and women with cancer.

All support groups are completely free of charge, but registration is requiredLearn more.

EIF Revlon Run/Walk Supports CancerCare Services for Women

May 9, 2012

CancerCare’s team of dedicated supporters braved the rainy spring weather this past weekend to take part in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women in New York City. Our team raised more than $5,000 to benefit our free, professional support services for women affected by cancer.

You can still help us meet our goal of raising $10,000 by making a donation to our team at All funds raised benefit our free support services.

Danielle Marquez, CancerCare oncology social worker and member of CancerCare's EIF Revlon Run/Walk team

For women affected by breast cancer, CancerCare offers individual counseling, breast prosthesis clinics (available at our national office in New York City), and support groups (available over the telephone, online, and face to face). Learn more about our breast cancer resources, including our upcoming Connect Education Workshop, Update on Ductal Carcinoma in Situ.

CancerCare’s services for women affected by ovarian cancer include telephone and online support groups as well as our toll-free L’Oreal Paris OCRF Helpline, which is staffed by professional oncology social workers. View all of our ovarian cancer resources. For women affected by cervical cancer, we offer a telephone support group.

Founded in 1944, CancerCare helps anyone, anywhere in the United States, affected by cancer. To learn more, call 800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit

Financial Help for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

January 27, 2012

CancerCare has launched a new program to provide financial help to women coping with metastatic breast cancer. The program, “CancerCare – Get You There,” provides financial assistance grants for transportation to and from treatment.

To learn more about CancerCare’s financial assistance programs or download an application, visit Or, call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, which is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women. We offer free support services for anyone affected by metastatic breast cancer, including support groups available online and over the telephone.

View all of our resources for women coping with breast cancer. 

Free Support Groups for People Affected by Cancer

January 12, 2012

CancerCare offers free support groups for anyone affected by cancer, including people with cancer, their caregivers, friends and loved ones, and the bereaved.

A cancer diagnosis can bring many difficult emotions, including fear, anxiety, and a feeling of isolation. Support groups connect you with others in a similar situation who may relate to what you are experiencing.

We offer diagnosis-specific support groups, such as a group for people affected by colorectal cancer, as well as specialized support groups, including groups for men with cancer, young adults with cancer, and parents of children with cancer.

CancerCare’s support groups are led by professional oncology social workers, and are available online, over the telephone, and face-to-face in our offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. To learn more about CancerCare‘s telephone and face-to-face support groups or to register, call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673).

Online support groups are password-protected, and members must go through a registration process. After completing the registration process, members can participate 24 hours, 7 days a week. New online support groups will be offered starting February 1.

View all of CancerCare’s free support groups.

Most Promising Cancer Treatment Advances of 2011

December 29, 2011

New treatment therapies and promising results from a variety of clinical trials over this year are giving new hope to people affected by cancer. Showcased at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), held this past June in Chicago, these advances and breakthroughs in cancer treatments were especially encouraging for people with melanoma, breast cancer, lung cancer and numerous other diagnoses which have been difficult to treat.

CancerCare has compiled these most promising findings in its new booklet, Your Guide to the Latest Cancer Research and Treatments: Highlights from ASCO 2011, available online now. You can also order your free copies from our publications page.

Breast Cancer Focus of Free Connect Workshops

October 4, 2011

Leading experts in breast cancer treatment will answer your questions this month during three Connect Education Workshops:

Listen in live by telephone or online. These workshops will also be available as podcasts.

Like all of CancerCare’s services, our Connect Education Workshops are completely free of charge — no phone charges apply. However, pre-registration is required.

Learn more about our free, professional support services for people coping with breast cancer.

Resources for Coping with Ovarian Cancer

September 8, 2011

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers can help you:

  • learn ways to cope with an ovarian cancer diagnosis
  • communicate with your health care team and loved ones
  • find resources in your community
  • and manage the financial challenges of cancer.

CancerCare’s Connect® booklet Medical Update on Ovarian Cancer describes the latest treatments for people coping with ovarian cancer. This publication is based on a CancerCare Connect Education Workshop presented by leading experts in ovarian cancer.

Listen to the workshop.

CancerCare is currently recruiting participants for free support groups for people affected by ovarian cancer. Groups are available online, over the telephone, and in-person at our offices in New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Register for a support group.

CancerCare has also partnered with L’Oréal Paris and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to provide a telephone counseling and referral service just for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Call the L’Oreal Paris Ovarian Cancer Research Hope Line to speak with a professional oncology social worker: 1‑877‑OV‑HOPE‑1 (1‑877‑684‑6731)

Learn more about CancerCare’s free services for people affected by ovarian cancer.