Oncology Social Work
Adjusting to and living with a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming and confusing for many people. Living with cancer may mean that you have to deal with added emotional, practical, and financial stressors.
The oncology social workers at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center are available to help you find your way through the new challenges that cancer presents. These caring professionals specialize in being advocates and helping you mobilize your internal and external resources to face whatever lies ahead.
Should You Contact an Oncology Social Worker?
You or your family member can speak with an oncology social worker anytime throughout your cancer experience. You don’t need a referral from your doctor to do so. Social workers are part of your cancer care team and are available to help before, during, and after your course of treatment.
If any of the following topics are of concern for you, feel free to call us:
- Accessing community resources for respite, home health care, or medical equipment
- Applying for Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare D, and/or COBRA
- Considering joining a support group
- Exploring resources available to you for information, support, and financial assistance
- Feeling overwhelmed and needing support and just want to talk about it with someone who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and patient
- Finding long-term care, assisted living, or hospice services
- Keeping others updated about your cancer experience without wearing yourself out
- Managing caregiver stress
- Planning and preparing for the experience of cancer treatment
- Talking to others about cancer (children, friends, co-workers)
- Thinking about advance directives: Living will, medical durable power of attorney, and “Five Wishes”
- Understanding your workplace rights when you have cancer
For more information or an appointment with an oncology social worker, please call us at 214-645-HOPE (4673).