Experts in networking, education, advocacy, research, and resource development, oncology social workers provide a variety of psychosocial interventions that enhance quality of life and survivorship of persons with cancer and their families. These services are designed to assist groups and communities as well as individuals through counseling, stress and symptom management, care planning, navigation, education and advocacy.
The Department of Psychosocial Oncology combines the skills and resources of licensed social workers and psychologists to work with patients and families on the many challenges faced when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The variety of services offered ranges from individual counseling, support groups, financial concerns, parenting issues, disability information, advance care planning, legal concerns, intimacy issues, rehabilitation or nursing home placements, transportation resources, interpreter services, hospice information, local lodging arrangements, as well as emotional support, and coping with anxiety, fears, depression, and life changes. We connect patients with internal Roswell Park resources and community agencies which can address challenges and barriers you may face.
The Psychosocial Oncology Department at Roswell Park offers services to all patients and families. We are committed to providing the best psychosocial care to all who seek treatment here by addressing the social, environmental and emotional impact of cancer.
Director: Rosa Scrivani, LCSW-R
Hours: Available between the hours of 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Department can be reached after hours through the Institute operator. Available services depend on available community resources and payment sources and may be limited in scope.
Contact Information: Please call 716-845-8022 to schedule an appointment or stop by the information desk for assistance. Consultations are free and confidential.
Our services include but are not limited to the following:
- Advance Directives and Living Wills
- Advocacy Resources
- Capacity Evaluations
- Care Options
- Caregiver Resources
- Community Resources
- Communication with Family & the Medical Team
- Coping and Emotional Support
- Counseling Services
- Decision Making
- Disability Information
- Educational Materials
- Employment Rights and Tips
- Financial Assistance Resources
- Health Care Proxies
- Health Insurance Resources
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Interpreter Services
- Intimacy Issues
- Legal Concerns
- Local Lodging During Treatment
- Parenting Concerns
- Social Security Information
- Treatment Concerns
- Transportation Resources During Treatment
- Wish-Granting Organization Information