Oncology Social Work
The UC Cancer Institute’s oncology social work team—based at the UC Health Barrett Center and the Hoxworth Bone Marrow Transplant Office—offer a wide range of emotional support and resources for patients and families with the goal of reducing stress throughout all phases of cancer.
- Emotional support to patients, their families and caregivers.
- Access to information to help patients and their families fully understand his or her diagnosis and treatment options.
- Connecting patients to staff who specialize in insurance coverage and financial assistance.
- Connecting to support groups, educational programs and counseling for patients and their families.
- Providing education on supports available in the home (home health, hospice, Council on Aging).
Oncology social workers can also help patients understand how best to communicate with medical treatment team as well as give advice on talking to family members, friends and co-workers about their cancer experience. Social workers specialize in helping patients:
- Cope with emotions associated with cancer: sadness, anger, worries, and fears.
- Reduce stress and increase coping skills.
- Understand how cancer affects intimacy, fertility and self-image.
- Understand survivorship issues/life as a cancer survivor.
- Plan advance directives.
Kristin Jordan, MSW, LISW-S
Area: Head and Neck Cancer, Skin Cancer, Brain Tumor
Casey Johnson, MSW, LISW
Area: Genitourinary (GU), Gastrointestinal (GI), Lung Cancer
Sarah Lukey, MSW, LISW
Area: Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer
Judi Iden, MSW, LISW-S
Area: Malignant Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant