Cancer Patient Support

So No One Faces Cancer Alone

Cancer patients may receive different types of treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, but experts say that another type of treatment is just as important – therapy provided by social workers.

Social workers are trained to help patients and their families cope with the physical, emotional, and social disruptions of cancer in ways that doctors can’t. Social workers have the expertise to identify and overcome roadblocks that can interfere with treatment outcomes, help with family dynamics, work, and more that could have a direct impact on the patient’s quality of life and even on their prognosis. Social workers – one more team behind Team You.

How We Can Help

Our experienced, licensed oncology-trained clinical social workers are committed to ensuring that our patients have access to the psychological, social, practical, and spiritual support and resources they need. Services are provided in person, over the phone, or in a group setting, and do not require a referral from a physician or medical team. Clinical social workers are particularly helpful during significant transitions such as: new diagnosis, change in treatment, post-treatment survivorship, or end-of-life care.
The toll-free Cancer Support Helpline® is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET at 1-888-793-9355.
Through our exclusive collaboration with the global nonprofit, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), our patients and their families also have access to CSC’s national programs like Frankly Speaking About Cancer® educational podcasts, workshops, and reference materials, as well as MyLifeLine, an online community for patients and caregivers.

These services are available across all of RMCC’s clinic locations. To learn more about the high quality and evidence-based group programs we offer at no cost to patients and their families, view our cancer support groups below.

Meet the Supportive Care Team

Our dedicated team of licensed oncology clinical social workers are here as a resource for you, your family, and your cancer caregivers.

To schedule an appointment with a clinical social worker, contact your clinic directly and ask to speak with one.

Cancer Support Groups

As you find your way along the cancer journey, support groups can be excellent resources not only for the information they provide but for the camaraderie of spirit they offer. They can also be helpful at the end of treatment as you find yourself readjusting to “normal” everyday life again. If you don’t see a group or class for your particular cancer type, talk to your oncology social worker or cancer care team about disease-specific resources. Wherever you are on your journey, our goal is to help you and your loved ones never lose sight of hope.

Cancer Education Support Groups

Our educational groups provide useful techniques and resources for everyday life.

Ongoing Cancer Support Groups

Join other patients and survivors who have similar, first-hand experiences with cancer in our recurring group meetings.

Nutritional Workshops

These informative classes will be held by a registered oncology dietician who will provide research and strategies around a particular topic.

Groups Open to Caregivers

Many of our groups welcome not only cancer patients, but also their loved ones to help them understand cancer and provide support throughout treatment and recovery.

All Support Groups

Find a group that's right for you by exploring all of our support group offerings.

Special Offerings

We offer paid research opportunities for those living with advanced cancer and willing to participate in a study.

Advance Care Planning

Battling cancer may be one of the toughest challenges you and your loved ones will ever face. Thinking about and specifying the things that are important in your life can help guide your care team towards the care you want today and in the future.

Supportive Care FAQs

  • What is supportive care?

    Supportive care programs are focused on minimizing the impact of cancer, managing psychosocial stressors, and helping to expand the meaning of life for patients and their loved ones.

    Our Supportive Care Program has licensed oncology social workers who work directly with patients and their loved ones as part of the interdisciplinary team. They are available to help patients and their loved ones cope with the impact and changes that result from a diagnosis of cancer.

  • How are services provided?

    Services are provided in person, over the phone, or in a group setting and do not require a referral from a physician or medical team.

  • Why would I want to speak with a social worker?

    Clinical social workers are particularly helpful during significant transitions such as new diagnosis, change in treatment, post-treatment survivorship, or end-of-life care.

    They can also help with practical needs and financial concerns. You may want to speak with your clinic’s social worker if you have questions or concerns about:

    • feeling overwhelmed
    • adjusting to your new diagnosis
    • understanding treatment options
    • how your life is changing
    • advance care planning
    • end-of-life care
    • survivorship care
    • not feeling safe at home
    • the financial impact of your illness/treatment
    • employment and career concerns
    • intimacy, sexuality, and relationships
    • caregiver stress
    • transportation and lodging
    • talking to your children about your diagnosis
    • transitions in care
  • What does the program offer?

    • Experienced, licensed, oncology-trained clinical social workers
    • High-quality, support groups, and educational programs
    • An expansive scope of services for all diagnoses and across the cancer continuum
    • National programs through an exclusive collaboration with Cancer Support Community (CSC)
      • Toll-free Cancer Support Helpline®
      • MyLifeLine.org an online cancer support community
  • What does it cost to meet with a clinical social worker?

    Most of our services are offered free of charge. If there are any costs associated with your appointment we will tell you well in advance.

What is supportive care?

Supportive care programs are focused on minimizing the impact of cancer, managing psychosocial stressors, and helping to expand the meaning of life for patients and their loved ones.

Our Supportive Care Program has licensed oncology social workers who work directly with patients and their loved ones as part of the interdisciplinary team. They are available to help patients and their loved ones cope with the impact and changes that result from a diagnosis of cancer.

How are services provided?

Services are provided in person, over the phone, or in a group setting and do not require a referral from a physician or medical team.

Why would I want to speak with a social worker?

Clinical social workers are particularly helpful during significant transitions such as new diagnosis, change in treatment, post-treatment survivorship, or end-of-life care.

They can also help with practical needs and financial concerns. You may want to speak with your clinic’s social worker if you have questions or concerns about:

  • feeling overwhelmed
  • adjusting to your new diagnosis
  • understanding treatment options
  • how your life is changing
  • advance care planning
  • end-of-life care
  • survivorship care
  • not feeling safe at home
  • the financial impact of your illness/treatment
  • employment and career concerns
  • intimacy, sexuality, and relationships
  • caregiver stress
  • transportation and lodging
  • talking to your children about your diagnosis
  • transitions in care

What does the program offer?

  • Experienced, licensed, oncology-trained clinical social workers
  • High-quality, support groups, and educational programs
  • An expansive scope of services for all diagnoses and across the cancer continuum
  • National programs through an exclusive collaboration with Cancer Support Community (CSC)
    • Toll-free Cancer Support Helpline®
    • MyLifeLine.org an online cancer support community

What does it cost to meet with a clinical social worker?

Most of our services are offered free of charge. If there are any costs associated with your appointment we will tell you well in advance.