Cancer Support Community (Multiple Cancers)

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Headquarters Location: Washington, DC
Founded: 1982


Mission: To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. 


Tags: cancer, support, education, psychological oncology mental health professionals, support, counseling, healthy lifestyle programs, survivorship, 2011


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Story: The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The Cancer Support Community has filled an important role in the cancer field by addressing psychosocial and mental health issues. They have also made valuable information available to cancer patients.
See the complete expert review.

Leadership
Cancer-support-community-multiple-cancers Kim Thiboldeaux . Kim Thiboldeaux joined The Wellness Community in 2000 as President and CEO. In 2009, the headquarter offices of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, one of the largest providers of social and emotional support worldwide, where Kim has maintained her role as President and CEO. The combined organization is also likely the… See full bio.


Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$5,177,959


From the Nonprofit


Nov 01, 2011
The Cancer Support Community is honored to be recognized by a group of experts, and our peers, as 1 of 16 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of cancer in the U.S.

At CSC, we have an unparalleled perspective on… Read More.



Contact Info
E-Mail:
help AT cancersupportcommunity.org 
Phone:
202-659-9709      
Facebook:
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Address:
1050 17TH St Nw Ste 500
 
Washington, DC 20036 , USA
Twitter:
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Cancer-support-community-multiple-cancers Story: The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone. In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. To find a community-based center in your area, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org/FindaCommunity.

Expert Reviews of Cancer Support Community (Multiple Cancers)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The Cancer Support Community has filled an important role in the cancer field by addressing psychosocial and mental health issues. They have also made valuable information available to cancer patients.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

According to experts, CSC has benefited greatly from the powerful leadership provided by Kim Thiboldeaux.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts have noted that this organization could beneft from greater capacity and more visibility among the public.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Survivorship Group

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It has a similar impact as other survivorship groups focusing on prostate cancer.

Good Source of Information

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The Cancer Support Community provides credible information and a safe environment for patients across the country. In addition, their leadership in survivorship research is unparalled.
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They produce high quality information pieces for cancer patients and their families

Great Support for Patients

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Cancer Support Community provides community-based centers for a range of support services for patients during treatment. This is much-needed service for those undergoing an often daunting experience.

Important Focus on Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues

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CSC is a key player in making sure psychosocial needs of cancer patients and survivors are addressed. They are the largest employer of oncology mental health professionals in the U.S. and are often sought after to participate in high-level discussions that shape policy efforts.
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They are a leader in providing psychosocial support services for people living with cancer.
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There is no other organization I trust more in regards to the psychosocial impact of cancer. Their programs are very professional and compassionate. Excellent staff and leadership.
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Their brand recognition is growing. Their strength lies in bringing attention to the psychosocial aspects of the disease while being non-tumor specific.

Effective Use of Partnership

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The Cancer Support Community did a laudable thing - they brought two organizations, the Wellness Community and Gilda's Club, with extraordinarily similar missions together. Certainly, they have their own challenges with this merger, but through gracious leadership, they are excelling.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Strong Leadership

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It has been effective because of its leadership and its ability to maintain it level of activities over the years.
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Their CEO has done an excellent job of transitioning the organization over the past decade, and the organization has a very good staff.
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CSC's president, CEO, Kim Thiboldeaux is a strong, credible leader who has elevated the organization since taking the lead. They also seem to market themselves well and have locations across the country and internationally.
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Kim Thiboldeaux is a tour de force. She knows everyone in the cancer community, and she makes use of that knowledge to create exciting collaborations that bring the entire cancer community forward.
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They have strong leadership and programming and have always focused on their mission.

Good Focus on the Community

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Their leadership and community-based approach are the reasons why they have been effective.

Effective Marketing

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They have good marketing


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Higher Visibility

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They lack visibility. For all that it has accomplished, it is still an unknown entity in minority and underserved communities.

Greater Focus on Research

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They need increased capacity for research and getting the research to change practice.

Greater Capacity

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They are limited to the number of communities they can serve by physical buildings and funding.
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They should build capacity to do more work and diversify fundraising.

Stronger Policy Efforts

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CSC could benefit from a stronger policy effort and have other visible representatives aside from Kim.

More Focus on Original Brands

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While the premise of the merger has been to allow the original brands of Wellness Community and Gilda's Club to remain, just putting them under the umbrella of the Cancer Support Community, the communications surrounding this practice are muddy. I personally have seen the local Gilda's Club put out communications pieces without reference to the Cancer Support Community logo/umbrella, which could be seen to be negatively impacting the larger brand.

Disorganized

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They tend to be a bit disorganized. Their website is difficult to navigate.


Leadership

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Kim Thiboldeaux 
President & CEO
Kim Thiboldeaux joined The Wellness Community in 2000 as President and CEO. In 2009, the headquarter offices of The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, one of the largest providers of social and emotional support worldwide, where Kim has maintained her role as President and CEO. The combined organization is also likely the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals, advancing the idea that psychosocial care is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis. The Cancer Support Community provides social and emotional support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online at www.cancersupportcommunity.org. The organization also maintains a Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly the Director of Patient Relations for Oncology & Transplant at Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., Kim brings to this position a wealth of experience in health care, patient education and national patient advocacy. Kim serves in numerous leadership roles in the cancer and health care communities including: founding board member of ENACCT (Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials), member of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Care, and Advocacy Board Member of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to joining Roche, she served as the Director of Corporate Relations at Whitman-Walker Clinic, a Washington, D.C.-based clinic that provides comprehensive services to people with HIV and AIDS. Kim co-authored The Total Cancer Wellness Guide, which was published by BenBella Books on June 1, 2007. This timely book is a roadmap for all people affected by cancer and offers helpful tips on treatment decisions, side effect management, social and emotional issues and more. She is also the host of Frankly Speaking About Cancer with the Cancer Support Community, an award-winning Internet talk radio show that airs weekly on VoiceAmerica.com and is aimed at informing and inspiring listeners to live well with cancer.

From the Nonprofit



Nov 01, 2011
The Cancer Support Community is honored to be recognized by a group of experts, and our peers, as 1 of 16 high-impact nonprofits working in the field of cancer in the U.S.

At CSC, we have an unparalleled perspective on the social and emotional needs of people who are affected by cancer. Research continues to show that social and emotional support are critical components of complete cancer care. This has always been the essence of our work and was affirmed by the groundbreaking 2007 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, which states that social and emotional support are as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis.

As an integrated network, we are poised as never before to bring the recommendations of the IOM report to fruition. In 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community joined forces and now work together as a united organization under the name Cancer Support Community (CSC). This union has made our organization one of the largest providers of cancer support worldwide; our grassroots network now consists of more than 50 affiliates and 100 satellite programs around the world. In addition to our face-to-face programs, we also offer support over the phone, through printed educational materials, via mobile technology and online at www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

We look forward to continued work through our Research & Training Institute (RTI) in Philadelphia and our network of affiliates and partners to advance our mission: ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Warm Regards,
Kim Thiboldeaux
President & CEO
Cancer Support Community


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