Social Work News: Thoracic Clinic

LATTE ConnectWhat does a social worker do? Social workers are an integral part of your medical team at Moffitt Cancer Center. The Thoracic Clinic is covered by two licensed full-time Social Workers: Briana Joyce, LCSW, OSW-C and Holly Wilson, LCSW, ACSW. We are masters level clinicians with expert knowledge and experience assisting patients and their families cope with the inherent ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis. Our support comes in the form of individual, couples and family counseling. The Thoracic clinic is also one of the only Moffitt clinics with a designated support group. The Coping with Lung Cancer Telephone group is a monthly opportunity for patents to connect and share common experiences.

Over the course of an individual’s cancer care, goals and priorities may shift. As members of the treatment team, social workers can help facilitate patient and family decision making to identify immediate and long-term goals of care. This can be done through assistance with completion of living will and health care surrogate forms as well as referrals for durable medical equipment, home health care and hospice services.    

Social Workers are also available to link patients to community resources, including lodging, transportation and financial assistance.

Your clinic social workers are here to help. Give us a call at 813-745-8407.

 

“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
- Brene Brown, PhD., LMSW, Research Professor, University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work