Social Work

Nobody can fight cancer alone. The Cancer Institute offers expert social work support to Survivors, Families & Caregivers.

social-worker-hugging-patient-649645602.jpgSocial work experts are available to support you, your family and caregivers as you manage the stress and emotional strain of treating cancer.

Social Work provides compassionate support. Our social work team is uniquely qualified to advocate, empower and enhance your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Social Workers strive to provide care with you at the center with empathy and cultural humility. They offer compassionate support with issues including lengthy hospitalizations, frequent re-admissions, and coping strategies for dealing with cancer.

If you're dealing with a new cancer diagnosis, or living with cancer and feel you need some more support, our social work team is here for you. You may benefit from talking with a social worker when you:

  • need support communicating with your health care team
  • want someone to listen to your concerns
  • feel worried about the future
  • are wondering about advance directives and who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself
  • feel sad, depressed, or frustrated
  • have concerns about your safety
  • need some counseling or guidance

You or your family can ask to speak with a social worker. Just ask your cancer treatment team to have a social worker come to see you.


Cancer Institute Support Services

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute