Oncology Social Work
When diagnosed with cancer, patients interact with multiple medical specialists. A cancer diagnosis can interrupt a patient's daily routine, finances, relationships, work and plans for the future. As treatment progresses, the types of questions that patients may have and the resources needed may change.
Oncology Social Workers can assist patients and their families with:
- Knowledge of how people live with cancer
- Available support services
- Communication with the patient's treatment team and family members
- Ways to cope with problems throughout the cancer journey
- Listening to questions and concerns
Oncology social workers assist patients and their families in times of crisis, but they also work on long-term planning. Together with the patient and family, oncology social workers find the best plan to manage whatever challenges have been caused by cancer and help cancer survivors adjust to their "new normal" as they begin their survivorship.
To speak with an oncology social worker, call the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at 410-820-6800.