Medical social workers at the West Michigan Cancer Center & Institute for Blood Disorders are clinically licensed. 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 social workers are members of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (aosw.org) and follow clinical scope of practice and NASW Code of Ethics (socialworkers.org).

Medical 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

Patient Programming

The medical social work team often develops supportive patient programs. These may include: advance care planning workshops, support groups, certified massage therapy, art therapy and other opportunities. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact the medical social work team at (269) 384-8629.

Additional Resources to Consider

Financial counseling–Our trained financial counselors assist patients with insurance benefits information, enrollment and navigation of Michigan MiBridges for Medicaid applications, insurance enrollment in marketplace government insurance plans, annual Medicare enrollment, Social Security and/or disability enrollment and more.  Call (269) 382-2500 or email: pfc@wmcc.org.

Genetic counseling–Our certified genetic counselors meet with patients who are at increased risk to have a hereditary cancer syndrome. Their responsibilities include taking detailed family histories and counseling patients. They coordinate testing, provide follow-up and serve as a resource for patients and providers in the community who have questions about cancer genetics. For more information, call (269) 382-2500, ext. ‘0’, or email: genetics@wmcc.org.

Nutrition counselingOur registered dietitians assist patients who experience unwanted side effects and weight loss from treatment. They also help survivors with weight management and cancer prevention strategies. For more information, call (269) 373-0109 or email: nutrition@wmcc.org.

Volunteer services–Our volunteers play a key role in supporting WMCC’s mission to treat the whole person and not just their disease. They serve patients in a variety of capacities, utilizing their different skills, interests and talents. If you’d like to learn more about program, call (269) 373-7434 or email: volunteer@wmcc.org

Wellness classes–Patients have access to two exercise programs, Survivorcise and Livestrong at the YMCA, to help them on their survivorship journey once active treatment is completed.  To learn more, call (269) 373-7456 or email: survivorcise@wmcc.org.