When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it seems everyone is focused, and rightly so, on the person’s physical well-being especially as it pertains to treatments, side effects, doctor’s visits and tests. There are many aspects of your life that are affected by a diagnosis. For instance, cancer can impact your self-image, work, family, friendships and how you go about living life.

Experts agree that the standard of care for all cancer patients must include not only addressing the practical impact on the individual, but also how the diagnosis affects a person’s emotional and spiritual well-being. CancerCare’s oncology social workers understand the complexity of issues raised by cancer. More importantly, social workers know that finding ways to cope with these concerns can bring an enormous sense of relief to both the person with cancer and their loved ones.

The Value of Oncology Social Workers

Oncology social workers are professionals who provide emotional support to people with cancer. Oncology social workers can help individuals living with cancer access practical assistance as well.

Oncology social workers provide individual counseling, facilitate support groups and identify resources that can help with home care or transportation. They can offer guidance and help people navigate the process of applying for Social Security disability or other forms of assistance. CancerCare’s oncology social workers are available to help people, free of charge. People can access support through case management, individual, counseling and support groups.