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@michellewalsh

Hello Becky,
Thank you for your question. The role of the social worker many times depends on the provider and location. Hospitals usually have social workers on staff to assist with discharge planning when patients need further assistance. Many larger oncology centers have licensed clinical social workers on staff to assist patients for a variety of reasons during and after treatments. Patients and caregivers should ask if this service is available in their center and request a consult if needed. If your center does not have a social worker on staff, some organizations can assist you with locating a counselor or social worker that is covered by your insurance and can meet your needs. The Association of Oncology Social Workers provides a list of resources for patients and their families. Many non-profit organizations offer free services online and by phone/video.

Some of the non-profit organizations that can provide assistance in locating a counselor or providing free services include:
Cancer Support Community (https://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/cancer-support-helpline)
Cancer Care (https://www.cancercare.org/casemanagement)
Be The Match (https://bethematch.org/patients-and-families/support-for-you-and-your-family/one-on-one-support/counseling-services/)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (http://https.org/support/other-helpful-://www.llsorganizations/patient-and-caregiver-resources-support-and-counseling)

I hope these resources are helpful.
Michelle Walsh, LCSW
Oncology Social Worker

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Replies to "Hello Becky, Thank you for your question. The role of the social worker many times depends..."

@michellewalsh, such a wealth of information. Thank you.
I also want to underline your point that social work services are available not only to the patient, but also for the caregivers or care partners support the patient. So important for family members to know.

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