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.

New Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report Stresses Importance of Comprehensive Patient Care

September 11, 2013

A new report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) this week, Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis, is changing the conversation about cancer patient care.

The report documents how the current health care system fails to adequately address patients’ needs, leading to poorer outcomes and quality of life. It also provides recommendations in six areas for improving patient care:

  • Engaging patients to make more informed choices about their care
  • Having an adequately staffed, trained and coordinated workforce
  • Providing evidence-based care
  • Learning health care information technology (IT)
  • Translating evidence into clinical practice, quality measurement and performance improvement
  • Offering accessible and affordable care

This breakthrough report reaffirms IOM’s recommendation that health care professionals address patients’ “psychosocial” (practical, financial and emotional) concerns, along with medical needs, in order to provide the most comprehensive care.

CancerCare has long been looked to as the leading organization advocating the importance of psychosocial cancer care, and was instrumental in crafting recommendations for the IOM’s landmark 2007 report, “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.”

The findings from that report, as well as from this most recent report, illustrate the crucial importance of providing care addressing patients’ myriad needs. CancerCare applauds the IOM for continuing to advocate for comprehensive patient care going beyond simply treating the disease.

Amy J. Berman, Senior Program Officer at the Hartford Foundation and celebrated health care blogger, provides a clear and concise rundown of the report on the Hartford Foundation’s blog, Health AGEenda. Amy also provided testimony, served as a reviewer for the report, and is included in the accompanying IOM video clip, which you can watch below.



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


“Ices for Andrea” Gives Back to CancerCare®

August 14, 2013

For the seventh consecutive year, sisters Joann and Diana hosted “Ices for Andrea” to raise funds for CancerCare. The fundraiser was held in memory of their mother Andrea, who died of breast cancer in 2007.

After her passing, Joann and her sons attended weekly counseling sessions at CancerCare. “They gave me the tools to start getting my life back, start parenting again and speak of my mom without being hysterical.”

In an effort to give back to the organization that helped them through their cancer journey, the sisters created “Ices for Andrea” on the first anniversary of their mother’s passing. As a tribute the sisters decided to sell Italian ices, Andrea’s favorite dessert, and donate all proceeds to CancerCare’s free professional services. Thanks to an outpouring of support from their community, this year’s event raised an astounding $10,150 for people affected by cancer.

Counseling for cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones is available over the telephone no matter where you live in the U.S. or in person at our offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

CancerCare’s staff of professional oncology social workers provide support, information and resources to help you better cope with cancer. Learn more about our counseling services.

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.

Treatment Update: Breast Cancer With Advances in the Treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer and Highlights from the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

June 21, 2013

Read about new treatment therapies for breast cancer in our Connect Booklet Treatment Update: Breast Cancer With Advances in the Treatment of HER2-Positive Breast Cancer and Highlights from the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. In this booklet, we talk about the medications now available and new drugs in development for treating breast cancer. We also describe possible treatment side effects and how to prevent and cope with them.

You can also order free copies from our publications page.