Oncology Social Workers

Social workers are part of your cancer care team, providing emotional support, coping strategies, resources for financial assistance and addressing complex family or social concerns that can arise at any stage of cancer treatment and survivorship.

And it's all tailored specifically for you, your family and the unique circumstances of your cancer experience.

Your oncology social worker will be your consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for you and your family. Our goal is to give you one less thing to worry about. These services are accessible, and open-ended. You can reach out for help anytime, even after your treatments end.

Each of our oncology social workers has a Masters-level education in social work and is specialty-trained in oncology.

Screening to determine what you need

At your first consultation with radiation oncology or medical oncology, you'll receive a questionnaire, so you can identify what your immediate concerns and needs are.

The questionnaire gives our oncology social workers an opportunity to identify and address your most pressing priorities.

Our oncology social workers are committed to seeing you promptly after you've been referred to them, at a time that's convenient for you.

How your oncology social workers can help

They are available to support you with:

Coping with cancer treatment

  • Planning and preparing for cancer treatment and answering your concerns or questions about life after cancer treatment
  • Dealing with feelings like sadness, worry, anger, grief or just being overwhelmed
  • Adjusting to fatigue, hair loss and other side effects of treatment, including concerns about sexual function and fertility
  • Understanding how the Palliative Care team can help with symptom management and clarifying goals of care
  • Referring to acupuncture, nutrition counseling and other care services

Caring for those close to you

  • Talking to others about your diagnosis and keeping them updated about your health
  •  Establishing support for adults, children and caregivers

Financial and resource assistance

  • Understanding your insurance
  • Accessing financial assistance programs, including Social Security Disability, co-pay assistance, Medicaid and charity care
  • Understanding your workplace rights
  • Coordinating transportation
  • Coordinating respite, home health care or medical equipment

Ensuring your wishes are met

  • Thinking about Advance Directives: Living Will, Medical Durable Power of Attorney and POLST
  • Clarifying goals of care and treatment 

Survivorship Support

We consider survivorship as another stage of your cancer experience. Cancer patients are increasingly living high-quality lives after treatment.

That makes a survivorship plan all the more important, and our social workers will help you with this new transition.

Common survivorship concerns include:

  • Fear of recurrence or uncertainty
  • Financial toxicity
  • Employment concerns

For More Information

Your physician, your family, your nurse, essentially anyone you interact with on your cancer journey can refer you to our oncology social workers. You can also reach out to them on your own.

To contact an oncology social worker, call (425) 899-2265 or visit our offices in the Halvorson Cancer Center in Green 1290.

Cancer support services are available to all Halvorson Cancer Center patients and those they define as their family.