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The social work service is available for cancer patients, their families and carers at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and the impact of illness brings many new feelings and challenges. Oncology social workers have specialised experience in helping people affected by a diagnosis of cancer.
How the social worker can support you?
We work in partnership with the treating team to offer counselling services, therapeutic interventions, group work, in formation and resources to patients, families and carers.
Social workers can support you with:
Coping with a cancer diagnosis and the emotional reactions to illness
Counselling to individuals and families in grief, loss and interpersonal concerns
Accessing information about your diagnosis and treatment
Considering decisions about treatment options, work and family.
Providing information about the psychological and social impact of cancer
Giving you information and education about the health care system
Education about issues affecting cancer patients and their families and carers
Dealing with body image and sexual concerns
Stress reduction and relaxation skills
Talking to children about cancer
Identifying appropriate resources and linkages in the community including cancer resources
Accessing financial services and support
Planning for your future care and decision making
Temporary accommodation during treatment
Assistance with recovery and adapting to life post treatment
Counselling to support carers while you are going through this period of change and adjustment during your loved one's treatment
Who can use the service?
People who are being treated for cancer at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, their carers and family members are eligible to use this service.
Is there a cost?
This is a free service that is part of your public hospital care.
How to make an appointment?
You can make an appointment directly with the social worker by:
02 9462 9477
Referrals can also be made for you by your healthcare team, with your consent.
Northern Sydney Cancer Centre
Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards NSW 2065
Useful numbers and resources
Social work service cancer centre: Phone
02 9462 9477
NSCC Main Reception:
Royal North Shore Hospital:
Cansupport and The Wig Library :
NSCC Clinical Psychologist:
RNSH Cancer Council Liaison Officer:
0456 575 548
1800 835 932
1800 422 737
Cancer Council Helpline:
13 11 20
1800 620 420
1300 045 741
1800 500 258
13 11 14
Mental Health Access Line:
1800 011 511
Cancer mind care