There are social workers dedicated to serving cancer patients on the oncology unit and on other units. A main focus of social work is discharge planning to home or to other care facilities, and educating patients and their loved ones on resources available in the community. The social worker also works closely with the American Cancer Society and other agencies to help ensure oncology patients know about the services available to them after discharge.
Social workers are available to make referrals to United Regional’s Palliative Care Program, a program which provides services to help oncology patients live a more productive and comfortable life while they are receiving treatment. They can also make referrals to hospice when needed.
The United Regional Foundation has a Cancer Care Fund which is managed by the social worker. These financial resources are provided to assist unfunded and underfunded cancer patients with a variety of needs including equipment, transportation, wigs, some medications, etc.