Oncology Social Work Services

A diagnosis of cancer, its prolonged treatment and recovery can have a profound impact on a person's life. 

The sudden confrontation with such a challenging disease may disrupt one's emotional balance. There may be feeling of uncertainty, questioning of self-image, loss of meaning in life and challenges in relationships with friends and family.

The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason understands that dealing with cancer causes distress and, at times, difficulties coping. Oncology social work services are available to help patients and their loved ones. These services are available at no additional cost as they are considered part of medical treatment.

There are two full-time outpatient oncology social workers. There is also a full-time inpatient oncology social worker who is well versed in discharge planning and psychosocial oncology. Our social workers can help with:

  • Emotional support
  • Transitions in care and quality of life
  • Caregiver concerns and needs
  • Support groups
  • Coping strategies
  • End of life, loss and grief
  • Community resources
  • Practical problem-solving

Social work services may be accessed by calling (206) 223-6954.