As part of an initiative to give
back to cancer communities in the cities visited during its annual scientific
meetings, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is recognizing The Center for Cancer Support and Education (The Center) in Arlington, Mass., for its efforts to empower and support people touched by
cancer, their caregivers and loved ones.
The Center will receive a $10,000
grant from ASTRO’s Survivor Circle grant program and participate in the
Survivor Circle exhibit at ASTRO’s 54th Annual Meeting, scheduled
for October 28-31, 2012, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in
Boston. The Center is one of two groups chosen by ASTRO this year; the other is
the SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer, also in Boston.
“We are overjoyed to be selected
by ASTRO for their Survivor Circle grant,” Caroline Ronten, development
director of The Center for Cancer Support and Education, said. “This grant will
help fund our breast cancer, advanced cancer and brain cancer support groups in
the coming year. When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it is a life-changing
event, and life is never the same again. We understand what life with cancer is
like and offer the needed emotional support during and after treatment for
patients and their family members.”
The Survivor Circle was created
by ASTRO to recognize leading organizations that support those living with a
diagnosis of cancer. This year, it will focus on programs offered by
Boston-area organizations that help cancer patients and their families cope
with this disease. Within the Survivor Circle, located in the Resource Center
at the ASTRO Annual Meeting, there is a place for attendees to learn more about
The Center for Cancer Support and Education.
“In addition to
providing cancer support for patients, The Center for Cancer Support and
Education appreciates the significant impact that cancer has on patients’
family members and loved ones,” Michael Steinberg, MD, FASTRO, ASTRO president, said. “Their
work through support groups and workshops is absolutely imperative to the treatment
and recovery process for patients and their loved ones. This grant is
definitely going to an amazing organization. Congratulations!”
ASTRO is the largest radiation
oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in
treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in
radiation oncology, biology and physics, the Society is dedicated to improving
patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and
advocacy. For more information on radiation therapy, visit www.rtanswers.org.
The Center for Cancer Support and
Education is a small grassroots, high-impact organization that provides cancer
support and wellness services to patients, caregivers, family members and health
care professionals in Arlington, Mass., and surrounding communities in metropolitan
Boston. The Center’s efforts are focused on providing workshops and support
groups at no or low cost to cancer survivors and their caregivers, regardless
of where they are in their cancer journey.
information on The
Center for Cancer Support and Education, visit the Survivor Circle exhibit at the
ASTRO Annual Meeting October 28-31, 2012, at the Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center in Boston or visit their website at www.centerforcancer.org.
Learn more about ASTRO’s 54th Annual Meeting.