The Ochsner Cancer Institute employs oncology-certified social workers who offer a full array of psychosocial services to cancer patients and their families. Our oncology social workers are there to help provide you and your caregivers with emotional and financial counseling, information and referrals to community resources as well as other services to reduce the stress cancer patients and their caregivers may experience after a cancer diagnosis and the treatment that may follow.
Patients and caregivers may call the Ochsner Cancer Institute at 504-842-3910 and ask to speak to an oncology social worker. You can also ask your doctor or nurse to refer you to an oncology social worker.
Social Work Assistance
An oncology social worker can help you cope with your diagnosis and with the emotions you may experience through all the phases of your cancer treatment. They are available not only to you, but also to your family and other caregivers. Oncology social workers address living with cancer, discuss issues people commonly experience, and point you towards resources that can help you in the long term as a cancer survivor.
Ochsner oncology social workers can help with counseling, obtaining access to prescription drug assistance programs, temporary housing during treatment for those who live more than 40 miles from Ochsner Medical Center, arranging for home health care and hospice services and obtaining medical equipment.
Our oncology social workers also provide support groups for patients who have breast cancer and their caregivers.
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