Oncology Social Work
Severe or long-term illness results in emotional stress and often causes significant changes not only in the lives of the patients but also in the lives of families. Oncology social workers help patients and their families deal with problems brought on by these illnesses. Problems can be social, emotional, financial or a combination.
Our social workers are trained to link families to appropriate community resources and support groups, help them deal with financial issues, cope with their stress, manage depression and anxiety, adjust to their illness and the changes in day to day life that it brings, minimize conflicts and keep the family working together, and manage the grief and loss associated with being diagnosed with a serious illness.
We recognize and respect that not all individuals are the same and that each person has his/her own needs, questions and concerns when dealing with a serious illness. Listed below are some of the areas that your social worker may be of assistance to you.
- Financial concerns/assistance
- Community resources
- Local support groups
- Emotional support
- Grief and loss issues
- Caregiver concerns/support
- Social Security Disability
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Children’s needs
- Transportation assistance
- Mental health concerns
- Palliative care needs/concerns
Oncology social work services are available to patients and families throughout all phases of the cancer continuum.
Please do not hesitate to ask for an appointment with a social worker if you need assistance in any of these areas. Almost all families that we work with will spend some time with a social worker at some point in their treatment. All information shared with a social worker is kept private and confidential.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the scheduling department at (616) 954-9800.