Providence Cancer Center counselor named to national cancer board

April 01, 2016

Long-time Providence Cancer Center oncology social worker Krista Nelson has been selected to join the Board of Trustees for the Association of Community Cancer Centers, or ACCC. She joins leading cancer clinicians and experts from across the country in serving on the board.

The ACCC is an education and advocacy organization for multidisciplinary cancer teams, an approach that serves the patient and patient’s family in a holistic manner – and is fully embraced by Providence Cancer Center.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Providence Cancer Center to share our expertise, learn from other leaders, and advocate for quality cancer care that includes psychosocial support for those affected by cancer at a national level,” said Nelson, Providence Cancer Center Quality and Research of Cancer Support Services program manager.

Nelson joined Providence Cancer Center in 1997, and provides psychosocial care to patients with cancer and their families. She helped develop and runs an ongoing family support group which provides people the tools to manage the stress of overwhelming diagnoses or challenges. The program has been replicated around the world to help people in crisis – including in Japan following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Nelson presents at national conferences and is recognized for her work in survivorship, palliative care, breast and lung cancer, distress screening and children who have a parent with cancer.