A diagnosis of cancer can be life-changing. Between the emotions that come with a life-threatening illness, health care decision making and managing day-to-day life, patients can feel overwhelmed. In pursuit of its goal to offer holistic, patient- and family-centered care, Moffitt is proud to offer specially trained licensed clinical social workers to help provide the support, guidance and resources needed to help cope and manage after a diagnosis of cancer.
Social workers can help you with:
- Understanding your emotions and ways to cope
- Managing changes to your relationships and family
- Talking to your children about your diagnosis
- Discussing and completing an advance directive
- Planning for end of life
- Referral to Moffitt and community resources to help with support, home care, medical equipment, food, transportation, lodging and financial assistance
"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my husband and I utilized the social worker services offered. Both of us needed help to deal with the diagnosis."- Diane Johnson, Patient Advisor, Patient and Family Advisory Program
Our oncology social workers are available in all Moffitt clinics across three campuses. Social workers are also available on all in-patient units in the hospital at the Magnolia campus.
Moffitt is concerned about your well-being. During your clinic appointments and when you are admitted to the hospital, a trained staff person will ask you about your distress and coping. If you have concerns that cause distress, they will offer the services of our clinical social workers so you can get the help you need.
The main Social Work Office is located on the first floor of the hospital on the Magnolia campus. You may stop by the main office or call 813-745-8407 for more information or to make an appointment.