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Support Services

The Neuro-oncology Program has a full-time social worker dedicated to providing support and assistance to patients and their families. At times, you may want to talk about specific issues or concerns. Our social worker, Vicki Sworden, BSW, provides counseling for CNS tumor patients and their families and is available to meet with you privately or in family sessions. Whenever possible, these sessions can be scheduled to coincide with doctor visits.

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Support Group
The Cancer Center has one of the largest and oldest Brain Tumor Support Groups in the region. Patients and families join once a month for two hours to discuss common issues and share experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain support and knowledge while meeting others facing similar situations and feelings. The group also conducts open meetings for general support and patient and family networking. For information about our Brain Tumor Support Group and other groups, please call
800-789-PENN (7366).

At-Home Services
At-home services enable cancer patients to maintain personal dignity and independence while receiving a variety of clinical and support services at home. This personalized approach actively encourages family involvement in a patient’s case.

Penn’s at-home services focus on meeting the health needs of homebound cancer patients and their families. Our nurses, social workers, dietitians, home health aides and specially trained volunteers are available to assist you at home, under the direction of your personal doctor, who remains in charge of your medical care. For more information, please call





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