Oncology Social Workers
Social workers are part of your cancer care team, providing emotional support, teaching coping skills and addressing complex family or social concerns that can arise at any stage of cancer treatment and survivorship.
Each social worker has a Masters level education with specialty training in oncology.
The social work team is 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
- Navigating your insurance
- Accessing financial assistance programs, including Social Security Disability, co-pay assistance, Medicaid and charity care
- Understanding your workplace rights
- Coordinating transportation
- Organizing respite, home health care or medical equipment
Ensuring Your Wishes Are Met
- Thinking about Advance Directives: Living Will, Medical Durable Power of Attorney and “Five Wishes”
- Clarifying goals of care & treatment with Palliative Care team
Information Tailored to Each Patient
Since each cancer patient is unique, so is the information provided by the oncology social workers.
- If patients need general information about support, they'll pull it all together.
- If patients need transportation to treatments, they'll get rides set up.
- If patients are having trouble paying their rent or purchasing food, they'll seek assistance for that as well.
They serve as a consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for patients and families.
For More Information
Patients may self-refer to see a social worker or can ask their physician to initiate a referral.
To contact an Oncology Social Worker, call Cancer Support Services at 425.899.2265 or visit our offices near 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.