Oncology Social Work
Explore Oncology Social Work
A cancer diagnosis can cause stress to patients and their care givers. Many questions and concerns arise from the time of diagnosis and in the months that follow. Oncology Social Workers within the Mass General Cancer Center are licensed mental health professionals who offer emotional support to patients and their families.
As a member of your treatment team, Oncology Social Workers provide individual and family counseling to support your coping; you can share your experiences and identify ways of dealing with the uncertainty of cancer. We also have information about Mass General and community services, including support groups.
Oncology Social Workers can provide assistance in the following areas:
- Processing emotions related to adjustment to illness and treatment
- Guidance to parents in talking with their children about cancer
- Navigation of the health care system
- Living through loss and grief
- Addressing domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues
- Assistance in accessing transportation, governments benefits, and community resources
Oncology Social Work services are free of charge. No referral is needed. We invite you to utilize our services at any time during your care.
Oncology Resource Specialist
Mass General Cancer Center patients and their loved-ones can contact the Oncology Resource Specialist at 617-724-0295 for assistance with transportation, local temporary lodging and finding community-based support groups.
Oncology Social Work Team
Each disease center has its own social workers with expertise in your specific disease.
Learn more about Mass General Social Service and the services that they offer.
This program addresses the unique needs of patients with cancer ages 15-39.
Connecting to Community Resources
The American Cancer Society (ACS) can connect patients with resources such as support groups, transportation, lodging, financial programs, as well as educational materials regarding treatment options, side effects, quitting tobacco, and more that help support people with cancer and their loved ones for free.
Patients, caregivers, loved ones, and healthcare professionals can find valuable resources throughout Boston, Metro West, Metro North, Metro South, Western Massachusetts, and Cape Cod. Information from financial aid and caregiving, to support groups, and smart phone apps are included.
See the Social Service Department website for additional general (not cancer-specific) community resource information.
Cancer Support Communities
Provides support, wellness and educational services to all people affected by cancer, regardless of their capacity to pay. Located in Newtonville, MA.
The Healing Garden provides a community of support where integrative therapies join with nature to improve the quality of life for those affected by cancer. Located in Harvard, MA.
Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer and their loved ones can learn how to navigate the complicated cancer journey through education, peer support (support groups), complementary therapies and creative programs to strengthen body and spirit, free of charge.