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Audesse Award

In 1993, the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists established an award to recognize outstanding efforts to educate the public about cancer prevention and to enhance and protect the quality of cancer care in Massachusetts. The award was named in honor of Nancy Achin (Sullivan) Audesse, who as State Senator from Lowell, sponsored the legislation mandating that Massachusetts insurers pay for off-label uses of cancer therapy drugs. Ms. Audesse’s clear and unflagging leadership was crucial in successfully passing Senate Bill 1772, Chapter 404. Senator Audesse’s promotion of the bill secured its passage at a time when the climate for new mandates in health insurance coverage was extremely unwelcome. The bill generated intense interest among many groups, and it is a credit to Senator Audesse’s involvement in the process that the original wording of the bill remained virtually intact. Its passage will beneficially impact the quality of life for cancer patients far into the future. 

Nancy Achin Audesse served the patients of Massachusetts in many ways, including her involvement with many non-profit organizations and donating her time and expertise on behalf of cancer patients and their families. 

The award consists of a honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and attendance at the Annual Meeting in the year the award is conferred.


We are proud to be celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year! Since its inception in 1994, Rays of Hope has been helping individuals in the fight against breast cancer by walking alongside them on their cancer journey. Through the Baystate Health Breast Network, Rays of Hope cares for the whole person from diagnosis and beyond by supporting research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, providing funding for state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs and outreach and education throughout Baystate Health, support to patients and survivors, as well as providing grants for complementary therapies and cancer programs to our community partners throughout western Massachusetts.

It is a true pleasure and privilege to bestow this award to the founder of Rays of Hope, Lucy Carvalho, at the annual meeting (photos below).

Past Audesse Award Recipients

and many more!

Submit a Nomination 

MSCO members are encouraged to submit their nominations for an individual or organization they feel meet the criteria below. 


To be eligible for this award, candidates must:

  • Be either a nonprofit organization (patient advocacy groups, educational institutions, patient support groups, etc.) or an individual in Massachusetts
  • Demonstrate continuous transformation and growth in the oncology field by promoting the highest quality patient care and improving the lives of cancer patients
  • Increased public awareness
  • Advancement and support of advocacy
  • Supported the mission of the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists

Award nominations are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year. 

Click link below to submit your nomination or email

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