Good Samaritan Hospital Social Services
Empower yourself – our licensed social workers can help. Oncology social workers provide counseling and other services which can reduce stress for you and your family through all phases of your cancer.
Social Workers can help you:
- Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments.
- Cope with your diagnosis of cancer and the many emotions you may be experiencing.
- Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
- Understand social security benefits, disability benefits and insurance coverage
- Apply for programs that offer financial assistance
Social Workers offer:
- Counseling for you and your family members
- Support groups and educational programs
- Referral to community counseling and supportive services
Social Worker can teach you about:
- Talking with your treatment team members
- Talking with your children, family, friends or co-workers
- Coping with your emotions – sadness, anger, worry and fears
- Reducing stress and using relaxation skills
- How cancer affects sex, intimacy, fertility and feeling good about your body
- Living with cancer, issues commonly experienced and resources to help you long term
- Planning for your care with the use of advanced directives
- Life as a cancer survivor
Social Workers can help you access:
- Affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage
- Transportations to and from medical care
- Palliative or Hospice care
- Referrals for help at home
How can you find an oncology Social Worker?
Ask your doctor, nurse or other health care provider or call us at (408) 559-2334.
Cancer Support Groups
Colorectal Cancer Support Group
4 th Tues of each month: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Who should attend?
Any patient diagnosed with gastrointestinal, colon or rectal cancer and their loved ones.
Breast Nurse Navigator
Good Samaritan Hospital offers the services of a specially trained nurse who helps people with breast cancer and their families navigate through the challenges of breast cancer from diagnosis to recovery. She enables patients and families to understand and access the care and resources they need, providing emotional support, education, advice and counsel and helping to coordinate the different phases of treatment. Contact the Breast Nurse Navigator at (408) 358-5620.
For a wide range of informational and support services, including website addresses and phone numbers, go to Useful Links.