Oncology Social Workers
The oncology social workers at West Jefferson Medical Center provide counseling and support services to help patients and their families reduce stress as they move through the journey through treatment. One of our social workers will serve as your point of contact whenever you need a referral to community resources that can help you during this difficult time. They will also be in charge of planning your discharge.
Our social workers can help you:
- Apply for financial assistance
- Refer you to community resources
- Learn more about social security and disability benefits
- Understand what your insurance covers
- Cope with your illness and the emotional toll it can take
- Access information that will help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment
No one needs to go through this alone
Anyone who learns they have cancer is going to go through a range of emotions, and it can be easy to fall into depression if you are left alone with your thoughts. We offer counseling for patients and their family members so that you can have an opportunity to speak with someone who is outside of the situation but still familiar with how cancer affects people.
We frequently recommend patients join support groups and educational programs so that they can discuss their journey in a group setting with others who can relate to their experiences. As a longtime healthcare provider in the community, we can also provide referrals to community counseling that may be helpful.
Support for all aspects of life with cancer
Everyone knows cancer is serious. While this makes people empathetic to your situation, it can also change the way they interact with you. Now is a time when you need your friends and families. Our social workers can give you advice on how to talk with your family, friends, and co-workers in order to help them understand what you need from them.
Some of the things we can teach you about include:
- Discussing your condition with your children and family
- Coping with anxiety and depression
- Relaxation techniques to deal with stress
- How treatment might impact your day to day life
- The effect cancer can have on sex, intimacy, and your self-image
- Alternative medicine that can complement your regular treatment
- Clinical trials
- Advance directives
- Life after cancer treatment as a survivor
For more information call us at 504.349.6763. A member of our team will be happy to answer your questions and help you figure out what you need.