Many patients and families need emotional support and practical assistance with the challenges of cancer and its treatment.
At Athens Regional, an oncology social worker provides psychosocial support and resource planning for cancer inpatients and outpatients.
In coordination with the nursing unit care coordinator, effective discharge planning assures continuity of care for patients. The social worker coordinates applications for financial resources when needed and serves as an advocate for the patient from diagnosis through treatment.
The hospital social worker communicates with physicians' offices and area agencies to provide support and information through the continuum of treatment.