Supportive Care at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center
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Social Work

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer presents unique challenges to patients and their caregivers. Dealing with cancer and its treatment can be distressing and may present barriers along the way. Trying to overcome these obstacles and accomplish tasks on your own can become overwhelming. Meeting with an oncology social worker can help patients and their caregivers reduce barriers to care and mobilize coping mechanisms to promote wellbeing.

At Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services, our social workers are available to meet with patients and caregivers to help with a variety of issues including:

  • Navigating the healthcare system
  • Accessing transportation
  • Insurance questions and concerns
  • Financial concerns
  • Questions about applying for disability
  • Home health services
  • Accessing legal services
  • Advanced care planning, including completion of advanced directives and living wills
  • Emotional stressors related to the disease and treatment

Oncology social workers can meet with patients at any time before, during or after treatment and are available to help during crisis periods.

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Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.

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