Oncology Social Workers

The oncology social workers in the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network help people with cancer and their families deal with the emotions, stress and changes that come with a cancer diagnosis. People with a cancer diagnosis face a lot of new information and decisions that can feel overwhelming. Social workers have the information that can make tasks easier for people and help them better cope.

Who are oncology social workers?

The oncology social workers in the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network are Masters-level and licensed clinical social workers who specialize in working with people with cancer. They help patients and their families address issues such as adjusting to a cancer diagnosis, trouble sleeping; worries about the future; medical costs and job concerns; and how to talk with family, friends, and co-workers about their experience.

Oncology Social Work Counseling Services

Emotional Health & Coping Strategies

Oncology Social Workers offer counseling services that help to promote emotional health and coping strategies. Some common issues addressed in counseling include:

  • Adjustment to illness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Family and relationships 

 A scheduled clinical counseling session can be billed to your insurance company but all other Oncology Social Work services are free of charge.


Oncology Social Work Community Services

Helping People with Cancer Access Support & Resources

Oncology social workers can also help with access to community services such as:

  • Transportation,

  • Lodging

  • Support groups

  • Financial resources

  • Medical insurance

Where to Find Care

Finding an Oncology Social Worker

The following are hospitals within MaineHealth that offer oncology social workers, as well as the name of the social worker and contact information:

LincolnHealth, Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor

  • 207-563-4383

MaineGeneral Medical Center - Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Augusta

  • Ruth Coffey, LCSW, 207-621-6120
  • Chesley Flotten, LMSW, 207-621-6123

Maine Medical Center, Portland

  • Trisha L. Warren-VanHorn, LCSW, OSW-C, 207-396-8565
  • Carrie Maynard, LCSW, OSW-C, 207-396-7294
  • Colleen O'Connor, LCSW, OSW-C, 207-396-8432
  • Beverly Thorpe LCSW, 207-396-8537

Memorial Hospital, North Conway NH

  • Christy Hensley, LSW, 603-356-4904 ext. 2721

Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick

  • Michelle Hayes, LCSW, 207-396-7021

Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport

  • Catherine Elizabeth Athay, MSW, LCSW, 207-301-8977
  • Kim Danforth LMSW, OPN-CG, 207-301-8525

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Lewiston

  • Agnieszka Smith, LCSW, CCS, 207-777-4487

Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway

  • Stephanie Leblond, LCSW, 207-744-6173