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About Social Work Services

UPMC CancerCenter Social Work Services provide:

  • Patient, family, and group counseling
  • Cancer education
  • Case management
  • Advocacy
  • Program development
  • Discharge planning

Support Through All Phases of Cancer

We provide social work support to patients and their loved ones throughout all phases of cancer, including:

  • Prevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Cancer treatment
  • Survivorship
  • Terminal care
  • Bereavement

These social work services help cancer patients:

  • Cope with their illness.
  • Access community resources to support optimal functioning.
  • Enhance their usage of the health care system.

UPMC CancerCenter Social Work Programs and Services

Oncology social workers provide the following clinical and program-related services:

  • Psychosocial assessment of patients' and families' responses to the cancer diagnosis.
  • Treatment plan based on shared goals of patients and their loved ones.
  • Use of high-risk screening criteria for case-finding and outreach programs.
  • A range of clinical methods to address current or future problems as the patient's medical and psychosocial needs evolve.
  • Advocacy for protecting patients' dignity, privacy, rights, and access to care.
  • Knowledge of community resources and government programs from local and national health and welfare agencies.
  • Organization and access to patient and family education and cancer support groups.
  • Collaboration with health experts in other fields to plan and provide programs to cancer patients and their loved ones.

The focus of care may relate to:

  • Adjusting to changes in self-image and sexuality.
  • Adjusting to the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis.
  • Talking with children about cancer.
  • Coping with grief and loss.
  • Coping with chronic illness.
  • Learning to negotiate the complex health care system.
  • Managing financial and insurance concerns.
  • Planning for care after hospitalization.
  • Realigning family roles.
  • Returning to the workplace.
  • Managing stress.

Community Social Work Services and Programs

Other social work duties and activities outside the realm of direct patient care include:

  • Providing cancer education and guidance to other health care fields, students, and volunteers.
  • Coordinating and presenting professional and community education programs.
  • Designing and conducting quality improvement studies.
  • Serving as consultants to both local and national organizations.
  • Providing consultation and volunteer services to voluntary health organizations and community agencies.

Contact UPMC CancerCenter Social Work Services

Call 412-623-4000 to speak with a social worker.

Our address:

UPMC Shadyside
5230 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232