Oncology Behavioral Health

Oncology Behavioral Health

  • Assessment and intervention for Psychosocial distress:
  • Support groups and patient mentor connections
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Long-term care and end-of-life planning
  • Assistance in accessing financial aid
  • Decision-making related to career, retirement, disability
  • Education on diagnosis, carcinogens, healthy lifestyle choices, resources
  • Spiritual support and chaplain referrals
  • Counseling for Oncology/Hematology patients and their families:
  • Understanding of diagnosis and treatment options
  • Communicating with health care team and family
  • Coping with illness and the grieving of losses
  • Living with cancer and/or the fear of recurrence
  • End-of-life transitioning, legacy work, and bereavement support
  • Adjusting to physical and mental changes
  • Reviewing life purpose and meaning
  • Addressing spiritual needs and distress
  • Treating anxiety/panic, depression, anger, and trauma


All MHP Oncology and Hematology patients are regularly screened for Psychosocial distress, using the NCCN Distress Thermometer and the PHQ-2. Patients reporting and/or exhibiting distress are referred to the Social Worker for follow-up. Patients and families can also self-refer. Regardless of reported distress, the Social Worker introduces social services and offers support to all Oncology patients actively in treatment.

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