Social Work Support Services

With you from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

A diagnosis of cancer comes with challenges that affect you as well as your family members, caregivers, and friends. John Theurer Cancer Center’s Social Work Support Services team understands these challenges and provides emotional and practical support for you and your loved ones to help ease your journey with cancer. Through one-on-one support and support groups, we provide a variety of services to meet your needs—from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. There is no additional fee for these services; they are part of the care you receive at John Theurer Cancer Center.

An Experienced and Compassionate Team

Our Social Work Support Services team includes masters-prepared social workers with specialty training in counseling and oncology. This means they have the education and experience to address the psychosocial needs unique to people dealing with cancer. A Psychosocial Assistant provides guidance with transportation, financial, and medication concerns. There is also an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator who can assist with financial assistance, transportation, and cancer resources.

The team offers services for both inpatients and outpatients, such as:

  • Emotional support
  • Referral to resources in your community
  • Facilitation of support groups, where you can meet with others living through a similar experience
  • Connection with financial support organizations for individuals with financial challenges

Contacting Our Social Workers

Our social workers work with particular cancer services and doctors, enabling them to become familiar with the specific needs of those patients.

  • Beliza Mejia, LSW
    Services: Lymphoma, leukemia
    Call 551-996-8290
  • Elaine Dombrowski, LCSW
    Services: Stem cell transplantation
    Call 551-996-8135
  • Anita Vargas, LSW
    Doctors: Drs. Waintraub, Gutierrez, Jennis, Proverbs-Singh
    Services: Digestive cancers
    Call 551-996-5861
  • Jessica Alcius, LSW
    Drs. Pecora, Graham, McNamara
    Services: Gynecologic cancers, coverage in all areas
    Call 551-996-3671
  • Pat Lane, LCSW
    Services: Neuro-oncology, radiation oncology
    Call 551-996-2599
  • Karen Venezia, LCSW
    Drs. Harper, Alter, Tassan, Pascal
    Services: Multiple myeloma
    Call 551-996-5836

Special Support for Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients

John Theurer Cancer Center’s renowned Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program has its own social work team available to support patients and family members. Every patient being considered for transplantation meets with a social worker to assess his or her emotional readiness, home environment, finances, insurance, and most importantly, the caregiver network. There are support groups available for patients when they are admitted to the hospital and are going through the stem cell transplantation process.

Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program