Patients faced with severe or long-term illness and their families often face social, emotional, and financial stresses. Oncology social workers are on hand to help patients and their families deal with them, smoothing out the bumps on what could otherwise be a rocky passage.
Social workers help families and individuals in a variety of ways, including:
- linking families to appropriate community resources and support groups
- helping them deal with financial issues, stress, depression and anxiety
- guiding adjustments to daily living and treatments
- minimizing conflicts to keep the family supportive and working together
- managing the grief and loss associated with being diagnosed with a serious illness
Every person is unique and has his or her own unique questions and concerns when dealing with a serious illness. Listed below are some of the areas where your social worker may be of assistance to you.
- Financial concerns/assistance
- Community resources
- Emotional support
- Grief and loss issues
- Depression and Anxiety <link: therapy options>
- Caregiver concerns/support
- Social Security Disability
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Children’s needs
- Transportation assistance
- Mental Health concerns <link: CHCWM behavioral services>
- Palliative care needs/concerns <link: behavioral oncology>
Oncology social work services are available to patients and families throughout all phases of the cancer journey.
Please don’t hesitate to ask for an appointment with a social worker if you need assistance in any of these areas. Almost all families will spend some time with a social worker at some point during 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.