Oncology Social Workers are trained to recognize the challenges that often accompany a cancer diagnosis and to assist patients and families in managing psychosocial, emotional, financial or other barriers to care. They are experts in linking patients and families to community resources and in providing advocacy to those with cancer as well as their loved ones. Social Workers also offer multiple support groups for patients and families as well as crisis interventions and supportive counseling.
At the Abramson Cancer Center, our oncology 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.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 215-615-0534.