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Carolyn Messner of CancerCare® is Named Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)

New York, NY, December 4, 2015 — Carolyn Messner, DSW has been elected Fellow of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Messner is Director of Education and Training at CancerCare, a national nonprofit that provides free, professional services for anyone affected by cancer.

For four decades, Dr. Messner has presented and published on cancer’s emotional and practical impact. She is a past President of the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and is a longtime instructor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. Dr. Messner is also a member of numerous prestigious professional organizations, and was in 2012 named “Oncology Social Worker of the Year” by AOSW.

Dr. Messner is the director of CancerCare’s Connect Education Workshops, which are one-hour telephone and online workshops featuring the world’s leading cancer experts who present on a wide-range of cancer-related topics. Past workshops can be listened to over the telephone at any time, and are also available as podcasts.

Election of individuals into an APOS Fellowship begins with a confidential nomination by APOS Fellows who are well-acquainted with the candidate’s work. In sponsoring the nomination, the APOS Fellow affirms that the candidate meets the criteria of excellence and outstanding professional achievement in psychosocial oncology and has demonstrated dedication to the Society.

“Dr. Carolyn Messner has long been recognized as a leading authority on the psychosocial challenges affecting people who are coping with cancer,” says Patricia J. Goldsmith, CancerCare Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled that APOS has chosen to honor her for her outstanding achievements in social work and comprehensive patient care.”

Dr. Messner will be inducted and given her fellowship certificate at the 13th Annual APOS Conference in San Diego, CA (March 3-5, 2016).

About CancerCare®

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. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

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