Our team can guide you to the resources you may need.

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Cancer affects many parts of your life: physical, emotional, and social.

Oncology social workers are members of your health care team who focus on your emotional and social well-being and can point patients, caregivers, and families to important resources. 

Social workers are available, free of charge, to help you cope with your cancer and the impact of your treatment.

A social worker can assist with coping.

  • Making psychosocial assessments for screening and support in coping
  • Providing assistance for coping with emotions—sadness, anger, worry, and fears
  • Accessing counseling services 
  • Addressing how cancer may affect your body image and intimacy
  • Assisting you in talking with children, family, and employers regarding cancer diagnosis
  • Preparing advance directives through advance care planning discussions, including completion of durable power of attorney for healthcare, living will, and IPOST
  • Solving issues that arise during treatment
  • Facilitating discussions about end of life care and its impact on you and your family
  • Supporting throughout survivorship 

We help navigate you through your journey.

  • Accessing information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment
  • Enhancing communication between you and your treatment team members
  • Addressing questions or needs regarding transportation or lodging
  • Assessing resources and providing referrals for additional options for help in your home
  • Making referrals to home health, hospice, nursing home, and assisted living agencies in your communities               
  • Providing referrals to other community agencies that may be available to provide support to you and your families

We can help identify financial resources.

  • Providing information on insurance and medication assistance programs (as available)
  • Providing information regarding Social Security disability, FMLA, and vocational rehab                

To reach a social worker, talk to your provider or call 1-800-777-8442.