Social Work

The whole family is impacted when a life-threatening disease affects your child. An oncology social worker can assist you and your family in dealing with the roller-coaster of experiences that may come up during diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment transitions. Our social worker team has speciļ¬c expertise to provide developmentally appropriate psychosocial care to you and your child.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Licensed Clinical Social Workers, part of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, are here to help. All the social workers employed at the Cancer Center are licensed in the state of California to provide psychosocial care. In addition to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) has completed several additional clinical requirements and exams to hold a board-qualifying license.

Our pediatric social work team can help you with:

  • Psychosocial assessments and care planning to address cancer-related emotional, social, and practical concerns
  • Short-term counseling to help patients and their families adjust to diagnosis and treatment
  • Provide stress reduction and relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety
  • Facilitation of family discussions about the impact cancer has on the whole family
  • Advocating and assisting in communication of needs in a large health system
  • Support with end-of-treatment transition and survivorship concerns
  • Specialized supportive services for adolescent and young adult cancer patients

How to reach a Social Worker

Please call 916-734-5959 and ask to speak with a pediatric oncology social worker or talk with your doctor or nurse about a referral for social work services.

For more resources, please visit the Patient and Family Learning Center