Social workers at the West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders are clinically licensed and masters trained (MSW). These professionals are able to assist with issues that can arise from blood disorders or cancer care. They work closely with our doctors, nurses, medical assistants and financial counselors to help alleviate stress caused by your medical condition. All MSWs are members of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (aosw.org) and follow clinical scope of practice and NASW Code of Ethics (socialworkers.org) Frequent social work support includes:

  • Community resources
  • Coping and adjustment to treatment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Employment rights
  • End of life issues
  • Grief and loss concerns
  • Housing crisis
  • Local support groups
  • Medical travel concerns/lodging
  • Quit smoking resources
  • Symptoms of anxiety and/or depression
  • Stress management
  • Talking to loved ones and children
  • Transportation assistance 

For insurance and social security disability concerns, please contact our specialists in the financial counseling department.