The oncology social workers at the Virginia Piper
Cancer Institute are part of your medical team and can offer resources and
services for you and your family when facing a cancer diagnosis.
The licensed social workers have a master's level
education and are board-certified. They help you and your family by listening
to concerns and assisting in creating a plan to address those concerns. They
work closely with your cancer care coordinator and doctor to figure out which
resources are needed.
The role of the
social worker involves:
In some locations, oncology social workers also
provide short-term counseling for those affected by a cancer diagnosis.
Individual counseling can help you
and your caregivers adjust and cope with the emotional side of cancer. It can
also help you:
Couples counseling can
strengthen a relationship at a stressful time. In these sessions, couples can:
Family counseling is a positive
way to help families face a new diagnosis together. Through these sessions your
Oncology social workers and counseling are available at these Virginia Piper Cancer Institute locations:
Family counseling can be offered through Simple Talk, a program designed to address the needs of parents diagnosed with cancer who have children under 18.
Based on the book Simple Talk for Tough Times this program can guide adults in the conversations they have with the children in their lives about a cancer diagnosis and help them cope with the ongoing changes cancer often brings.