CancerCare E-News
   June 2014
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Managing the Costs of Cancer



Register today for our upcoming  

ConnecEducation WorkshopTM  Managing the Costs of Living with Cancer, which take place on   

June 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (ET).  


You'll learn how to:

  • Manage the medical and indirect costs of treatment
  • Talk with your health care team about financial concerns
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of health coverage
  • Appeal medical insurance claims and denials
  • Access financial and co-pay assistance programs
  • Manage emotional and social impact of care costs
  • Find resources for financial help
You can also learn more through our publications about managing costs and finding help.


In This Issue
Quick Links
Support Services
Connect Education Workshops
Team CancerCare
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation


Find Support and Comfort Through Writing:

Join Our Online Writing Group  


Explore your creative side while sharing with others!

Healing with Words is an online therapeutic writing group led by an oncology social worker who provides guidance and a variety of topics to explore. Group members will have the opportunity to read several writing pieces, complete creative writing exercises and create their own unique works.


Learn more or register for this group.



Social Workers Shine at Annual AOSW Conference


Several of CancerCare's oncology social workers 
shared their expertise at the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on May 28-30.


Maria Chi, LCSW and Carly Mesavitz, LCSW, OSW-C discussed the importance of social work field education programs.


Elizabeth Ezra, LCSW, OSW-C (pictured right) offered guidance on helping instill hope in people coping with a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.


William Goeren, LCSW-R presented on the importance of support groups for older gay men with cancer.


Carolyn Messner, DSW, LCSW-R, OSW-C, a past president of AOSW, provided a foundation for training the next generation of leaders in oncology social work.


Allison Nilsen, LMSW presented on the important role of the social worker during a wig and breast prosthesis fitting.

The AOSW Annual Conference is the largest meeting of oncology social workers in the country, and we are proud to continue to be recognized as experts in helping people cope with cancer.



June Is Men's Health Awareness Month


Take care of yourself (or your loved ones) by reading our fact sheets about cancer screening and prevention:


In Their Words


During a routine annual check-up with her doctor Arlene learned that, after 15 years in remission, her lung cancer had returned. At the suggestion of her family, she met with a CancerCare oncology social worker to discuss treatment and the challenges she was facing.


"I went to CancerCare and was treated royally," said Arlene. "I was expecting the hair loss, but it was still a shock to my system. But I didn't make myself or anyone else nuts over it and, before I turned around, I had hair again."


Arlene was touched by the care she received and wrote a poem about her experience.



Leading Experts Discuss Important Cancer Topics


Our free teleconferences/webcasts, Connect Education WorkshopsTM, give you the latest cancer information straight from leading experts. You can listen in live by telephone or online, and you will have a chance to ask the experts your own questions.




6/12      Highlights from the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting (Part II) 

6/12      Progress in the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma 

6/16      Healthy Eating and Managing Weight Changes During Cancer Treatment 

6/17      Advances in the Treatment of Lung Cancer 

6/24      Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer 

6/25      Recognizing the Different Stages of Your MPN: Understanding Why Your Doctor May Need to Adjust Your Treatment Over Time 

6/25      Managing the Costs of Living with Cancer 

6/26      Progress in the Treatment of Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) 

6/26      Coping with the Stresses of Caregiving When Your Loved One Has Multiple Myeloma 

6/27      For Caregivers: Coping with a Loved One's Metastatic Prostate Cancer 

6/30      Gastric Cancer: Current Perspectives and Treatment Options 

6/30      Update on Mesothelioma 

7/9        Living with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST): Treatment Update


Register online, or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).


Missed a Connect Education Workshop? Listen to past workshops as podcasts through CancerCare's website.



Team CancerCare - Let's Go Joe!


On June 18, Joe McConaughy begins an amazing journey by attempting to break the 59-day record of running all 2,600 miles of Pacific Crest Trail from the California/Mexico border, to the Washington/Canada border, in loving memory of Colin, his cousin's son. Learn more about Run for Colin or visit Joe's Team CancerCare page. Please help Joe reach his impressive goal of $30,000!

 Are you participating in any upcoming events and would like to donate to a great cause? Learn more about Team CancerCare and how you can create your own fundraiser and help support our free services for people coping with cancer. 

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.


To learn more, visit or call 800-813-HOPE (4673)




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