Oncology Social Work

Oncology social workers are an integral part of the health care team at the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center. Specially trained in cancer care, they are dedicated to helping patients and families navigate the health care system, and manage the many challenges of living with cancer. We recognize that a cancer diagnosis and treatment can impact all aspects of a person's life, from family and social relationships to work and finances.

Social workers assess each person's individual needs and provide appropriate support. This may include short-term counseling, advocacy and linkage to community resources. Social workers also provide information and education about insurance, advance directives, palliative care, hospice, family leave and disability benefits, lodging, transportation and cancer-related support programs available at UCSF and in the community.

Oncology Social Work services are made possible through the generous support of UCSF Partners In Care.

Our Team

Theresa Abts, LCSW
Nina Balsamo, LCSW
Lauren Brown, MSW
Judy Patt, LCSW, OSW-C
Rosemary Rossi, MSW
Ted Scheel, MSW
Erin Schwartz, LCSW
Daphne Stuart, LCSW
Kim Voronin, MSW, LCSW
Allison Zaitchik, LCSW

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How to Reach Us

Our oncology social workers are available to consult with patients at every stage of care. If you would like to speak to a social worker, please inform a member of your UCSF health care team. You can also call the Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 and ask the receptionist to page the social worker assigned to your clinic.

Ida and Joseph Friend Cancer Resource Center
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor, Room B-101
San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: (415) 885-3693
Fax: (415) 885-3701
Email: CancerResourceCenter@ ucsfmedctr.org


Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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