Oncology Social 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
- Financial: identifying local and national non-profit resources and government-funded
- 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
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
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.