SUPPORTIVE CARE SERVICES

Charleston Oncology goes beyond treating cancers by providing Oncology Social Workers and educating others about Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning.

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Social Work & Counseling

Oncology Social Workers are available to provide patients, family members, and caregivers with additional support and to assist with connection to resources that help meet your needs throughout your cancer continuum.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care is a medical service provided to those diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness from diagnosis to survivorship to assist individuals in preserving their quality of life.

Advance care planning

Advance care planning is a way that anyone over the age of 18 can make medical decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself due to a sudden, serious accident or illness.

Oncology Social Workers provide psychosocial support throughout all phases of a cancer diagnosis including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, Palliative Care, end of life, and bereavement.

In collaboration with the patient, family, and medical team, Oncology Social Workers provide:

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Psychoeducation on psychosocial challenges associated with diagnosis and treatment

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Navigation, coordination, and linkage to community resources

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Counseling services for mild to moderate depression and anxiety related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment

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Practical information and education about insurance, disability, advance care planning, and financial and legal issues

Counseling services are now available at Charleston Oncology for patients and their family members to assist with adjustment to a cancer diagnosis and treatment and to provide support throughout the cancer continuum.

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If you would like information regarding counseling services at Charleston Oncology or external counseling services, please contact your Oncology Social Worker.

How social work can help you

Oncology Social Workers are available to provide patients, family members, and caregivers with additional support and to assist with connection to resources that help meet your needs throughout your cancer continuum.

Common ways that Oncology Social Workers can help:
  • Assist and provide resources or information on Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security or employment disability applications and/or processes.
  • Provide connection to community resources to assist with immediate needs related to food, transportation, housing, utilities, etc.
  • Provide information and resources to counseling services, peer-to-peer support services, and support groups for patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Provide a space for patients, families, and caregivers to express their feelings and/or concerns and receive support and guidance.
  • Support coping and adjustment during the cancer continuum to promote self-care and acceptance of the change.
  • Advocate for patients’ wants and needs to other members of the medical team to empower decision-making.
Contact Information

If you are a patient of Dr. Ellison, Dr. Orcutt, Dr. Geils, Dr. Keogh, Dr. Gene Saylors, Dr. Shand, or Dr. Lingerfelt, please contact Elizabeth (Liz) Robinson, LISW-CP, APHSW-C Oncology Social Worker at (843) 577-6957 extension 216.

If you are a patient of Dr. Julia Saylors, Dr. Michaelsen, Dr. Jeter, or Dr. Holladay please contact Hannah Mills, MSW Oncology Social Worker at (843) 577-6957 extension 282.

Resources

Below are available resources for Patients, Families, and Caregivers that you might find useful. Please contact an Oncology Social Worker for additional supportive resources or with any questions.

Educational Resources:

American Cancer Society – Educational information and resources on various cancers provided at: www.cancer.org

American Institute for Cancer Research – Educational information and resources provided at: www.aicr.org

Lowcountry Seniors Services – Classes – Lowcountry Senior Center

Supportive Resources:

4th Angel – Peer-to-peer support for patients and caregivers by matching with mentors available at: www.4thangel.ccf.org

Cancer Support Community – Online support for patients and caregivers available at: www.cancersupportcommunity.org/mylifeline

Cancer Hope Network – 1-on-1 support for patients and families undergoing cancer treatment by connection with individuals who have similar experiences provided at: www.cancerhopenetwork.org

Friend for Life – Support for navigating diagnosis, treatment, and recovery by connection with a trained survivor of a similar experience available at: www.friend4life.org

Cancer Support Groups:

Roper St. Francis Healthcare – Various support groups and classes available for patients provided at: https://callcenter.rsfh.com/WLP2/#!/classes/search or by calling #843-402-2273

Cancer Care Support Groups –

Cancer Lifeline – Virtual and in-person support groups available for patients and their family members, caregivers, or friends available at: https://cancerlifeline.org/services/support-groups

New Image Breast Cancer Support Group – Trident Cancer Center

  • Date: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm
  • Located: Trident Cancer Center
  • Cost: Free
  • Currently not meeting due to COVID-19. Please call 843-847-4571 to inquire about the group restart date.

Greater Charleston Ostomy Association Support Group

  • Date: Second Tuesday of each month at Noon – 2 pm
  • Located: Roper SF Hospital
  • Currently not meeting in person due to COVID-19. Please call Mary Ellen at 843-708-9917 to inquire about the restart of the group and for peer support.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

  • Website: www.SCovariancancer.org/support
  • Located: monthly meeting at designated restaurant
  • Date: 4th Saturday of each month, at 1 pm
  • Contact: Linda Carmain at 843-642-0345

Cancer Club – Where Hope Happens

  • Located: Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church – 302 Hibben St., Mt. Pleasant (No in-person meetings at this time)
  • Date: 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm
  • Contact: Lib Simmons at 843-884-4612 or email at lmcgregorsimmons@mppc.ne

Multiple Myeloma Network Group

  • Website: https://www.myeloma.org/charleston
  • Located: Westminister Presbyterian church – Covenant Hall, 1157 Sam Rittenburg Blvd
  • Date: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10 am-Noon
  • Contact: Carol Cunningham at 919-308-3255 or email at charlestonsc@imfsupport.org
Caregiver Resources
American Cancer Society – Available caregiver resource guide, support video series, self-care information, and additional supportive resources at: https://www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers

The Heart of the Caregiver – Spiritual supportive resources, small groups, and online courses for caregivers available at: https://theheartofthecaregiver.com

National Caregivers Library – Extensive library for caregivers providing articles, forms, checklists, and links to topic-specific external resources that caregivers might find useful at: http://caregiverslibrary.org/

Help For Cancer Caregivers – Caregiver supportive resources and planning guides available at: https://www.helpforcancercaregivers.org

Palliative Care is a medical service provided to those diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness from diagnosis to survivorship to assist individuals in preserving their quality of life. Home Palliative Care teams work alongside your Oncology team. There are various Home Palliative Care agencies in the community. If you feel you would benefit from Palliative Care services, please discuss with your provider or ask to speak with your Oncology Social Worker.

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Home Health: Medical services delivered directly in your home by nurses, aides, social workers, and therapists (physical, occupational, and speech) with the goal to treat the illness or injury in order to gain independence.

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Palliative Care: Medical services delivered directly in your home or in a hospital setting by nurse practitioners/physicians, social workers, and chaplains with the goal to enhance quality of life while receiving curative interventions.

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Hospice: Medical services delivered wherever the individual resides (home, nursing home, assisted living facility) by physicians/nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, and aides with the goal of caring for the individual when the life expectancy is 6 months or less.

If you feel you would benefit from Palliative Care, please discuss with your provider or ask to speak with your Social Worker.

Advance Care Planning

We all plan for expected events like weddings, vacations, moving, and the birth of a child but we often do not plan for unexpected ones. Advance care planning is a way that anyone over the age of 18 can make medical decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself due to a sudden, serious accident or illness.

Visit My Life My Choices (Community Resources — My Life My Choices) or ask to speak to your Oncology Social Worker.

Three Easy Steps
  1. Think about it
  2. Talk about it
  3. Write it down
Assisting Documents
South Carolina Living Will (scbar.org)

POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) – completed by the provider when the individual has a life expectancy of 6 months or less

South Carolina Healthcare Power of Attorney: SOUTH CAROLINA HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY (squarespace.com)

Five Wishes (must purchase): Five Wishes | Make Your Wishes Known

Conversation Guide: Your Conversation Starter Guide (theconversationproject.org)

WORKSHOP: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Register today for our free workshop presented by our team members Liz Robinson, LISW-CP, APHSW-C, Heather Dubose, PA-C, and Hannah Mills, MSW, who will discuss stress related to caregiving; how to recognize, manage, and decrease stress; and, tools for improving and prioritizing self-care as a caregiver. To register, please contact Liz at 843-577-6957 ext. 216 or email.

IN-PERSON OPTION

  • May 17 | 1:00 – 2:30 PM: West Ashley Clinic: 2085 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, 1st Floor – Conference Room, Charleston

VIRTUAL OPTION

  • May 16 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM: Zoom

*please provide email to receive Zoom link at registration

PRESENTERS

Elizabeth (Liz) Robinson, LISW-CP, APHSW-C, Oncology Social Worker
Locations: West Ashley, Downtown, Mount Pleasant
843-577-6957 ext. 216
elizabeth.robinson@charlestononcology.com

Heather B. DuBose, PA-C, Physician Assistant

Hannah Mills, MSW, Oncology Social Worker
Locations: North Charleston, Summerville
(843) 577-6957 ext. 282
hannah.mills@charlestononcology.com

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