American Cancer Society honors City of Hope nurse researcher with Quality of Life Award

January 30, 2016 | by City of Hope

For more than 40 years, Marcia M. Grant, one of the most respected nurse researchers in the country, has devoted her life to others. Now, with a prestigious award, the American Cancer Society has said a heart-felt "thank you."

Each of her accomplishments -- Grant is an R.N., has a Ph.D., is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and serves as distinguished professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope -- has been in service of creating a better quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

To honor Grant's contributions to cancer research, the American Cancer Society named her the recipient of the 2016 Trish Greene Quality of Life Award. The award, named for the late Patricia Greene, Ph.D., R.N., recognizes the significant contributions made by researchers to offer excellent and compassion care to people facing cancer.

"The American Cancer Society is pleased to honor Professor Grant for her dedication and outstanding influences in cancer research and providing quality supportive care for patients," said Marion E. Morra, M.A., Sc.D., the chairwoman of the Trish Greene Quality of Life Award Workgroup within the American Cancer Society. "Professor Grant has dedicated her career to serving cancer patients and helping to eliminate suffering."

As professor and director of nursing research and education, Grant is seen as an influential leader to students and professionals working with cancer throughout the world. Her innovative research, funded by the National Cancer Institute for more than 25 years, continues to make life better for cancer patients.

"I treasure receiving this wonderful award," Grant said. "It pays tribute to the quality-of-life research that has been conducted in the Nursing Research Division at City of Hope, and provides recognition for the four-dimensional quality-of-life model created and used for research on cancer patients and their families."

Grant's previous awards include the Oncology Nursing Society's Distinguished Researcher Award (1991), the American Cancer Society's Distinguished Services Award (1999) and the Oncology Nursing Society's Mary Nowotny Excellence in Cancer Nursing Education Award (2003). She has also received the Oncology Nursing Society's Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association's Distinguished Career Achievement Award (2015).

In 2010, Grant was inducted into City of Hope's Research Portrait Gallery for her outstanding contributions to quality-of-life research.

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