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I Am A Social Worker

ACCC understands the important role oncology social workers play on the multidisciplinary care team and in delivery of patient-centered care. Whether you’re assisting patients through treatment challenges, suggesting resources to minimize financial toxicity, or helping them cope with psychosocial distress, we are pleased to offer a curated selection of resources, many contributed by ACCC-member social work professionals. 

Featured Social Worker Programs

Patient-Centered Care for Older Adults with Cancer 
Addressing the unique needs of older adults with cancer is critical for the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care. ACCC’s Multidisciplinary Approaches to Caring for Geriatric Patients with Cancer project shares information on how to integrate geriatric screening and assessment into practice, resources and tools, and an on-demand webinar series exploring key issues such as polypharmacy.
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Health Literacy for the Cancer Care Team
Health literacy is defined as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." Cancer care providers, patients, and other stakeholders each have important roles in health literacy. How can your team benefit from a health literacy gap assessment?
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Featured Immuno-Oncology Resource

IO Wallet Card for Patients Treated with Immunotherapy for Cancer
Early recognition and treatment of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) are paramount for patients treated with immunotherapy for cancer. Equipping IO patients with a medical wallet card that states the individual is treated with immunotherapy for cancer, the warning signs of common irAEs, and 24/7 contact information for the treating oncology team eases the burden for patients and caregivers in an emergent situation. The ACCC Immuno-Oncology Institute has developed a medical IO wallet card for patients on immunotherapy for cancer. A downloadable print-ready PDF enables cancer programs & practices to have copies printed.

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From Oncology Issues

  •  Views: The Trauma of Cancer
    By Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
    I have worked with oncology patients in some capacity for 25 years, but hearing “posttraumatic stress disorder” (PTSD) and “cancer” in the same sentence is a relatively new concept for most.
  •  Beyond the Classroom: Students Improve Access to Supportive Care Services
    By Bridget LeGrazie, APN; Brie Bernhardt, MSW, LSW; and Lisa Rosenberry, MS, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
    In 2016 Virtua Cancer Program saw approximately 2,400 analytic cases across three ncampuses. Our two full-time (FTE) social workers were challenged to meet this high patient demand, and it soon became clear that improvements were needed
  •  Compliance: Billing for Social Workers
    By Cindy Parman, CPC, CPC-H, RCC
    Social workers in cancer centers typically provide psychosocial services to patients, families, and caregivers facing the impact of a cancer diagnosis.
  •  Growing a Patient Transportation Program
    Sherry Laniado, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
    Transportation is not only a practical problem, but also an emotional impediment that can cause a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety to an already overwhelmed patient.
  •  The NET Program
    Linda Bily, MA
    Stony Brook Cancer Center staff and patients appreciate the bus service and what it entails: reduced travel time for patients, less fatigue for patients, a knowledgeable driver, and coordination with oncology services.
  •  Distress Screening for Oncology Patients
    Buxton D, et al.
    Distress Screening for Oncology Patients
  •  Bridging the Psychosocial and Financial: A Model for Decreasing Patient Distress, While Ensuring Your Program’s Financial Viability.
    Bridging the Psychosocial and Financial
  •  From Distress Screenings to Solutions
    Lori McMullen, RN, MSN, OCN
    At the Edward and Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care, Plainsboro, N.J., the process for developing and implementing psychosocial distress screening began in January 2013.
  •  Normalizing Feelings of Grief & Loss in Oncology Nurses
    Jennifer Collins, MDIV, MS, BCC, and Sandra Tan, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW
    In 2010, the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital started to explore how to best serve the emotional and spiritual needs of its oncology nursing staff.
  •  Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients
    Rev. Lori A. McKinley, MDIV, BCC
    In 2015, Mercy Health Anderson Hospital focused on the spiritual and emotional care of our cancer patients by implementing a pilot study to create spiritual care plans for patients identified as having moderate to high spiritual and/or emotional distress as determined by psychosocial distress screening.
  •  Building a Navigation and Psychosocial Support Program from the Ground Up
    Lori McNulty, RN, and Faye Flemming, RN, BSN, OCN
    At ACCC member Southside Regional Medical Center, an oncology nurse navigator heads up navigation and psychosocial services, including partnering with a local community agency to help meet high referral and patient demand.