Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis and the impacts of treatment can be a difficult and stressful time for patients and families. Each person has a unique way of handling the diagnosis, making important decisions about treatment, involving friends and family, and integrating this new diagnosis into their everyday life. Our cancer social workers can help.

 


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Our Approach

Our licensed social workers can become an integral part of your care team to assist with a range of needs that you may experience throughout your cancer journey. 

Social Workers help a patient or family by:

  • supporting emotional needs, which also can benefit physical health
  • promoting adaptation to illness and treatment 
  • providing counseling to individuals, couples, children and families who are experiencing emotional distress
  • teaching coping strategies like relaxation techniques and communication skills
  • helping with problem-solving and advocacy
  • facilitating educational/support groups for patients, caregivers, and family members
  • assisting with resources (community support, financial, housing, insurance concrete needs within clinic/hospital)

Currently scheduled groups for 2021:

Lynch Syndrome Support Group

People living with Lynch syndrome are asked to accept a lot: higher risk of cancer, frequent cancer screenings, and no "magic fix" for the disease-causing genetic variants we inherit. It is normal to have a mix of emotions when undergoing surveillance and treatment. Whether you are living with Lynch syndrome or love someone with Lynch syndrome, come and join us for support. If you would like to join this group please email: kpearson11@umphysicians.umn.edu with your interest.

Topics are based on group interest, so bring your questions and ideas.

WHEN:
We meet on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7-8 p.m.
2021 DATES:
• May 26
• June 23
• July 28
• August 25
• September 22
• October 27
• December 22
No November meeting due to holiday

WHERE:
We meet virtually on Microsoft Teams. Join our email distribution list to receive the meeting link.

Facilitators:
Ellen LaFontaine, MSW, LMSW Clinical Social Worker Adult Oncology
Nicole Marcouiller, MSW, LICSW | Clinical Social Worker Adult Oncology

Sponsored by M Health Fairview and Colon Cancer Coalition Alive and Kicking.

 

Bladder Cancer Support Group

The University of Minnesota Bladder Cancer Support Group provide education, support and advocacy to both patients and their caregivers when facing a diagnosis of bladder cancer. We attempt to create a safe, trusting and nurturing place for patients and their loved ones to share their own experiences and learn from others. For more information contact Casey Pratt by email cpratt@umn.edu or phone 612-626-0697.

Support group meeting schedules:

Until further notice, groups are meeting virtually via Zoom

Bladder Cancer Support Group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Brain Tumor Support Group

Our brain tumor support group promotes education and provides emotional and social support to patients, families and caregivers affected by primary brain and central nervous system cancer. It is a safe place to share experiences, ask questions, and support one another. Quarterly, in lieu of the support group, we will host education sessions led by M Health Fairview providers covering a variety of topics. Attendees are welcome to come together or independently.

The brain tumor support group meets virtually the 4th Monday of each month from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

There is no need to sign up to attend the support group, but if you have questions or would like to be placed on the email distribution list, please contact Katie Pearson at kpearson11@umphysicians.umn.edu.

 

Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy

The BMT program staff recognizes that patients and family members need support in different ways at different times throughout the transplant process. In an effort to meet patients’ and family members’ needs, the BMT social workers offer a group that focuses on providing support and education related to BMT. You will have the opportunity to talk with other people who may be experiencing similar types of issues and concerns. BMT physicians and other health care professionals speak at the group on a regular basis.

The group is held virtually the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month – the 1st Tuesday the group is from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and the 3rd Tuesday the group is held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Please contact the BMT Program @ 612.273.2800 Option 1 to speak with one of the BMT social workers if you would like more information.

Pancreatic Cancer

 If you or a loved one have been impacted by Pancreatic cancer, come join us to connect with others. We will have open discussions based on the topic preferences of the participants, so bring your ideas, questions and topics you would like to discuss.

WHEN: 
2nd Thursday of Every Month
October 14th, 2021
November 11th, 2021
December 9th, 2021
January 13th, 2022
February 10th, 2022
March 10, 2022

TIME: 3:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: Will be meeting via Zoom-no need to RSVP 
Meeting ID: 859 3859 2758
Passcode: 043702

FACILITATORS: 
Mary Hughes, LP, LICSW
Psychotherapist Oncology

Shari Marik-Roach, MSW, LGSW
Clinical Social Worker, Adult Oncology

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mary Hughes at Mary.Hughes@fairview.org or Shari Marik-Roach at Shari.Marik-Roach@fairview.org
 

Prostate Cancer

The University of Minnesota Prostate Cancer Support Group provide education, support and advocacy to both patients and their caregivers when facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer. We attempt to create a safe, trusting and nurturing place for patients and their loved ones to share their own experiences and learn from others.

Support group meeting schedules:

Until further notice, groups are meeting virtually via Zoom. For more information contact Casey Pratt by email cpratt@umn.edu or phone dchurne1@fairview.org to be added to the meeting invite.

Breast Cancer Support Group

Due to the current conditions limiting our ability to gather in groups, Ridges Breast Center Support Group is currently a monthly virtual Microsoft Team meeting. Please contact Darla Churness at dchurne1@fairview.org to be added to the meeting invite.

Resources for your recovery:


Locations that offer this treatment

Call your preferred location to schedule an appointment or submit an online request.