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Reflections on Social Work Month

Friday, March 31, 2017

Although not every cancer patient will receive social work services, it’s important for patients to know social, emotional, and logistical support is available to them, either through their health care institution or through organizations like the Cancer Support Community.

Celebrating 35 Years at the Cancer Support Community: How It All Began

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Who are Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder, the Benjamins, and Joanna Bull? These people are all part of the Cancer Support Community’s rich history.

Forging Solutions out of Challenges: Celebrating National Social Work Month

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March is National Social Work Month, a time to say thank you to social workers for their hard work and unending support. At CSC, we’re honoring social workers through our #31DaysofSW campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This is also a time to raise awareness of the important work social workers do every day. Here are a few things you may not know.

When it’s Time for a Second Opinion

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hearing you have cancer can be shocking. And it’s perfectly reasonable to want to take action and begin treatment right away. However, taking your time can have several advantages, including having the opportunity to evaluate options and seek other opinions.

Where Do People Get Support?

Friday, June 7, 2013

As a social worker on an inpatient unit of a New York City hospital, I am reminded, on a daily basis, of just how important psychosocial support is in the lives of individuals affected by illness. Although many of my patients are fortunate to have wonderful support networks, equally as many (if not more) of my patients have very limited family/friend support. Sometimes, I even come across patients who state they do not have anyone to list as their emergency contact person. My role as the unit’s social worker is to help my patients and their families cope with and understand the various medical, psychological, and social issues related to their illness. I work with the patients, their families/friends, and the medical team to determine a safe, appropriate discharge plan. For those patients with limited or no family/friend support, I try my best to make them feel that they are not alone during their hospitalization. However, I do not continue to follow my patients once they leave the hospital. Upon discharge, patients are set up with medical follow up appointments and are referred for home care or rehabilitation, if necessary. But, where will they turn for psychosocial support?