Social workers are available to help you and your family cope with the changes cancer brings about in your life. Social workers can talk to you about:
- Emotional concerns, like coping with your feelings about your illness and talking with family, friends or others. They can help you learn ways to manage the stress of living with cancer and adjust to changes brought on by cancer (like sexual or relationship changes). They can also provide bereavement support.
- Financial concerns, like finding out about financial help, drug coverage or disability pensions.
- Practical (day-to-day) concerns, like transportation, accommodation, advance care planning, home support and linking with support services and resources in the community.
You can make an appointment with a social worker by asking a member of your cancer care team for a referral or by calling 613-549-6666 x8104.