It is common to experience emotional distress or difficulty coping with a cancer diagnosis. A social worker can help provide emotional and social support to patients and their families during this difficult time.
The Rogel Cancer Center social workers are a team of licensed Masters-level mental health professionals that specialize in issues unique to cancer. As a member of your treatment team, they work collaboratively with all care teams to provide comprehensive treatment.
Social workers provide counseling and support to address social and emotional needs associated with cancer including but not limited to:
- Assessment for depression, anxiety, substance use/abuse
- Caregiver supportive counseling and resources
- Counseling during all transitions back to work, school, at end of treatment, or end of life
- Decision-making assistance regarding supplemental health services at home and alternative living arrangements
- Hospice/ End of life discussions
- Education on Social Security Disability and needs related to time off work
- Durable Power of Attorney and other legal concerns
All social workers and health care professionals at Michigan Medicine prioritize person-centered care. Rogel Cancer Center social workers will work with you to provide services and care that aligns with your wishes, beliefs, and values.
Patient Assistance Center/Guest Assistance Program
The Patient Assistance Center (PAC), a satellite office of the Guest Assistance Program (GAP), was established for the unique needs of Cancer Center patients. The PAC is available to all Rogel Canter Center patients, and is dedicated to problem-solving, researching community resources, and assisting with the coordination of non-medical needs that often arise during medical treatment. The PAC staff are trained, licensed social workers equipped to support cancer patients.
If you are a patient at the Rogel Cancer Center and are interested in these services, please ask a member of your cancer care team for more information or a referral.