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CancerCare: A Psychosocial Oncology Support Organization 

CancerCare: A Psychosocial Oncology Support Organization
Chapter:
CancerCare: A Psychosocial Oncology Support Organization
Source:
Cancer Caregivers
Author(s):

Sarah K. Kelly

, and William Goeren

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190868567.003.0017

As the population in the United States continues to grow and life expectancy increases, the need for quality cancer care increases accordingly. A cancer diagnosis and related treatments can significantly impact the quality of life of not only the person with cancer, but also the caregiver. Caregivers’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being are affected throughout the cancer trajectory. CancerCare was founded in 1944 in New York City to address these needs in both patients and caregivers and improve quality of life and overall care. Today, CancerCare is a leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of CancerCare’s specialized caregiver services that address the unique needs of this population and seek to improve caregiver quality of life.

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