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As new standards of cancer care are being implemented nationwide and our health care system is changing, Triage Cancer hopes to be in the forefront of educating health care providers, and the cancer community in general, so that they can best utilize the valuable tools and resources that are available for their constituencies.

Triage Cancer collaborates with experts in the areas of medicine, mental health, nursing, social work, patient navigation, nutrition, oncofertility, law, employment, education, financial management, insurance, relationships, sexuality and intimacy, pain and palliative care, advocacy, and other areas of cancer survivorship.

The Triage Cancer Scientific Advisory Council provides guidance on substantive areas of cancer survivorship so that we may best serve the cancer community.


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Hester Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C, is the Chief of Oncology Social Work at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has been an adjunct professor at Simmons College School of Social Work and Boston University School of Social Work., and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s first Hatcher Professor of Survivorship. She was the Breast Cancer Patient Advocate for and now writes a daily blog, “Living with Breast Cancer,” for BIDMC.

A nationally known speaker, Ms. Schnipper has written numerous articles for professional journals about issues for both breast cancer survivors and professional caregivers. She has authored two books: Woman to Woman: A Handbook for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer and After Breast Cancer: A Commonsense Guide to Life After Treatment. She is a past President of the Association of Oncology Social Work. In 1991, she received their Oncology Social Worker of the Year award and, in 2007, their Leadership in Oncology Social Work award.

In 1993 and again in 2005, Ms. Schnipper was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. These diagnoses transformed her life’s work into her life. She has two young adult daughters and lives, gratefully, with her husband in Concord, Massachusetts.

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