Mar 18, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

“Cancer is more than just a physical disease,” says Amy Horyna, manager of Patient and Family Support (PFS), the team of licensed clinical social workers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “Our social workers really focus on the emotional toll that cancer takes.”

Following National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for distress management, PFS social workers help address the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families in a variety of ways:

  • Individual, couples, and family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups
  • Quality of life and end of life care planning
  • Crisis intervention
  • General help with coping

“We also help a lot of people with the practical issues and day-to-day burdens of cancer,” says Horyna. Practical needs include housing for family and out-of-state patients, transportation to and from appointments, and financial assistance.

“Social workers are trained to look at a person from several different perspectives,” says Horyna. “This provides us an opportunity to really work with people on whatever level they need, whether it’s getting some community involvement, working on a family level, or working one-on-one with somebody to cope.”

For more information, contact Patient and Family Support social workers at 801-213-5699.

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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