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, advanced care planning, discharge planning/nursing home and rehabilitation placements, hospice information and referrals as well as resources and referrals for financial concerns, parenting issues, disability concerns, , legal concerns, intimacy issues, transportation and lodging, and interpreter services. We can assist patient and families in coping with anxiety, fears, depression, life changes and practical challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. 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. on Monday, 8am-8pm on Tuesday through Friday and 8a.m.-4p.m. on Saturday. 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:
- Advanced Care Planning and Decision Making
- Advocacy Resources
- Information on Cognitive Changes
- Care Planning
- Caregiver Resources
- Community Resources
- Communication with Family & the Medical Team
- Coping and Emotional Support
- Disability Information
- Financial Assistance Resources
- Health Insurance Resources
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Interpreter Services
- Intimacy Issues
- Legal Concerns
- Local Lodging During Treatment
- Parenting Concerns
- Transportation Resources During Treatment
- Wish-Granting Organization Information