Oncology Social Work Services

What is an oncology social worker?

A licensed oncology social worker is an important part of the multidisciplinary team at the Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Centers. Coping with cancer can be a difficult experience. The illness and treatment may negatively affect family life, ability to work, and financial security. Our social worker understands these concerns and provides services to patients, families, and caregivers to guide them through each step of the cancer journey.

Social work services are available on the Brunswick and Camden campuses by appointment or by phone Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone number: 912-466-5142

How can our social worker assist you?

The social worker is an advocate for the patient and works to reduce emotional, social and physical barriers in order to promote a successful journey.

  • Coping with practical concerns:
    • Medical: accessing information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan
    • Financial: identifying local and national non-profit resources and government-funded assistance programs
    • Transportation/housing: coordinating transportation or temporary housing arrangements, if necessary
  • Extending emotional support:
    • Skills for managing stress, anxiety, sadness
    • Relaxation techniques
    • Support groups
    • Referrals for community counseling
    • Communicating with family and children about your cancer diagnosis
  • Planning for the future:
    • Lifestyle changes to promote healthy living post treatment
    • Advance directives and end of life planning

Hope and Healing Cancer Support Group

Hope and Healing is a cancer support group for patients, survivors and caregivers facilitated by Heather Lambert, LMSW, social worker, Cancer Care Centers and Karen Crosby, R.N., BSN, breast care navigator. The support group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 2-3:30 p.m. on the Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center, Room 3, 2415 Parkwood Drive, and on the Camden Campus, Conference Room B, 2000 Dan Proctor Drive, St. Marys.

Meet our oncology social worker

Heather Lambert, LMSW, joined the Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center team in 2015 after relocating to the Golden Isles from North Georgia. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia where she also completed her Masters in Social Work. As part of her Masters program, Heather completed a year-long internship at the University Cancer and Blood Center in Athens, Ga. where she provided counseling, case management, and other supportive services to cancer patients and their caretakers. Prior to joining the Southeast Georgia Health System team, Heather provided community based counseling services to children, adolescents and families in North Georgia. With over five years of counseling experience, Heather is equipped to assist patients in managing their emotional, practical and social needs as they navigate through their cancer journey. Heather can be reached at 912-466-5142 or hlambert@sghs.org

 

Pastoral Counseling

In an effort to provide total care for patients, the Health System offers pastoral counseling to support spiritual health. Chaplains are available for crisis counseling, support in facing illness and help with spiritual concerns of patients and families. A clergy member of most denominations can be contacted for you. The chapel, located on the first floor near the Gift Shop on both the Brunswick and Camden Campuses, is always open to patients, families, and visitors.

Resource Links:

Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Centers: http://www.sghs.org/cancer
American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org
Cancer Network of Hope: http://http://www.faithworksministry.org/what_we_do/canceroverview.html
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:  http://www.lls.org
Cancer Care: http://www.cancercare.org
The Donna Foundation: http://www.thedonnafoundation.org
NeedyMeds Medication Assistance: http://www.needymeds.org