Social Work

A cancer diagnosis presents unique challenges to patients and their caregivers. Dealing with cancer and its treatment can be both distressing and overwhelming to tackle on your own. Meeting with a social worker can help patients and their caregivers reduce barriers to care and mobilize coping mechanisms to promote well-being, healing, and hope. Our social workers are available to meet with patients and caregivers before, during, or after treatment to help with a variety of issues through each phase of your cancer.

We can help you:

  • Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment
  • Cope with your diagnosis of cancer and the many emotions you may be experiencing
  • Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
  • Apply to programs that offer financial assistance

We offer:

  • Supportive counseling for you and your family
  • Support groups and educational programs
  • Connection to community support programs, resources, and counseling
  • Referral for supportive care services at Joan Karnell Cancer Center

We can teach you about:

  • Talking with your treatment team members
  • Talking with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Coping with your emotions – sadness, anger, worry, and fears
  • Reducing stress and using relaxation skills
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experienced and resources to help you long term
  • Navigating the health system
  • Survivorship
  • Support around advance care planning, including advance directives and living wills

We can help you access:

  • Home health services, palliative home care, and hospice
  • Transportation
  • Affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage
  • Durable Medical Equipment

Meet our team of Oncology Social Workers

Rachel Benenson, MSW, LCSW

Oncology Social Worker

Contact

Phone: 215.829.7859

Email: Rachel. Benenson@uphs.upenn.edu

Jennifer Egg, MSW, LCSW

Oncology Social Worker

Contact

Phone: 215.829.5954

Email: Jennifer.Egg@uphs.upenn.edu

Samantha Null, MSS, LCSW

Oncology Social Worker

Psychology Services Coordinator

Contact

Phone: 215.829.6379

Email: Samantha.Null@uphs.upenn.edu