Social Work

Patients and their families often face concerns and anxieties when newly diagnosed with cancer, throughout treatment, and during post-treatment transitions. Oncology social workers provide information, care and connection for people dealing with cancer. An oncology social worker has a specialized skill set and expertise in the comprehensive assessment and expert management of psychosocial distress among people affected by cancer.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Licensed Clinical Social Workers, working as part of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, are here to help. All the social workers employed at the UC Davis Comprehensive 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 adult social work team can help you with:

  • Adjusting to life after diagnosis
  • Exploring the impact cancer and treatment have on work and abilities
  • Reducing stress through relaxation techniques
  • Body image, sexual health and the impact cancer has on relationships or dating
  • Impact of cancer on your family and caregivers
  • Discussion of advanced care planning
  • Advocacy and assistance in communicating needs
  • Support groups and skill-building classes
  • Coping with emotions related to cancer
  • Finding supportive resources in your community

Oncology social workers provide services through the following programs:

How to reach a Social Worker:

Please call 916-734-5959 and ask to speak with an 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