Oncology Social Work

What do Oncology Social Workers do?

Oncology social workers provide psychosocial services to cancer patients, their families and caregivers as part of the oncology health care team. They connect patients and their families with essential community, state, national and international resources.

No two people are the same, and needs, questions and concerns are unique, too. Listed below are some of the areas that your social worker may be able to assist you with:

  • Financial concerns/assistance
  • Community resources
  • Local support groups (more information under Support Services)
  • Emotional support
  • Caregiver concerns/support
  • Medicaid/Medicare (more information under Financial Information)
  • Social Security Disability (more information under Financial Information)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (more information under Financial Information)
  • Children’s needs
  • Transportation assistance (more information under Support Services)
  • Mental health concerns
  • Palliative care needs/concerns
  • Advance Care Planning facilitation
  • Advance Directive creation
  • Disease specific resources/support
  • Nursing home and VNS referrals
  • Hospice information/referrals
  • Wish organization referrals
  • Wig and prosthetic resources
  • Senior services

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.