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

Find an Oncology Social Worker

LincolnHealth, Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor

  • Michelle S. Hayes, LCSW, 207-396-7021

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

  • Ruth Coffey, LCSW, 207-621-6120
  • Christine Currie, LCSW, 207-626-4894
  • Chesley Flotten, LCSW, 207-621-6123

Maine Medical Center, Portland

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

Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick

  • Michelle S. 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, LSW, 207-744-6174

Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast

  • Claudia B. Hill, LCSW, 207-505-4200