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Release: July 2, 2001

UI receives Cancer Society grant for clinical oncology social work

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently awarded a grant through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa that will help train a graduate student in social work to assist patients diagnosed with cancer and their families.

The $12,000 grant will be administered by Joy Sutter, a licensed independent social worker and assistant director of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Social Service.

"The Master's Training Grant in Clinical Oncology Social Work is a very important element in the education of our graduate students in social work," Sutter said. "The care that we provide in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is not only state-of-the-art care but it is also compassionate care, and we are grateful to the ACS for their support."

The grant will be used to help fund the graduate education of a social worker assigned to assist oncology patients and their families. Stephen Cummings, a second-year student in the master's of social work program in the UI School of Social Work, is this year's recipient.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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