Oncology social workers are trained professionals who provide emotional support to anyone affected by cancer.

CancerCare provides free individual and group support to anyone affected by cancer. CancerCare’s cancer-focused emotional support is available in English and Spanish and centers on the emotional and practical challenges that arise from cancer. Oncology social workers provide short-term, strengths-based emotional support and may also assist in locating practical assistance, including community resources. CancerCare oncology social workers are available in-person (at our local offices), online or on the telephone.

Who can receive counseling?

  • Patients
  • Caregivers
  • Newly bereaved (in-person at our local offices)
  • Children as young as five (in-person at our local offices)

CancerCare oncology social workers can:

  • Provide cancer-focused support
  • Help reduce feelings of anxiety and distress
  • Help increase feelings of hope and empowerment
  • Assist you in learning new ways of coping
  • Help you improve communication with your medical team and loved ones
  • Provide you with practical information about treatment
  • Provide you with resources in your community

How do I start?

  • Call us at 800-813-HOPE (4673) to speak with an oncology social worker or email info@cancercare.org
  • To ensure that our short-term emotional support will be beneficial, an oncology social worker will conduct an in-depth assessment in the initial call, prior to the start of counseling

Short-term individual support is available:

Short-term group support is available:


Hopeline Hours (800-813-HOPE)

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

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