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Social Work Services

Penn State Cancer Institute offers social work services for both inpatient and outpatient concerns. The Social Worker can help patients and families with the following:

  • Emotional support, counseling and referrals
  • Financial concerns
  • Assistance with applications for financial and/or prescription assistance
  • Lodging and transportation assistance/options
  • Information and referrals to hospice
  • Home care and home infusion arrangements
  • Alternatives to home care (i.e., skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, rehabilitation facility)
  • Home equipment needs, including wheel chairs, walkers, and oxygen
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Information about how to apply for disability
  • Information about local support groups
  • Information about handicap placards
  • Information about notary services

For most concerns and questions, the best way to contact and communicate with your physician is through the nurse coordinator who works closely with your physician.

To meet with a social worker, please call 717-531-8306.