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Psychosocial Oncology

Our Objective

To provide psychosocial services to patients and families throughout all phases of the cancer continuum, including prevention, diagnosis, survivorship, terminal care and bereavement.  

  • This is to foster coping and mobilise community resources in order to support optimal functioning.
  • Psychosocial services include individual, family and group counselling, education, advocacy, discharge planning, case management and programme development.

Our Team

We are a team of social workers who have:  

  • A genuine interest in helping / working with others; a sense of sensitiveness to other people’s needs.
  • A belief in the inherent worth of the human being; respect for others.
  • Idealism but yet equally pragmatic in approach to human concerns and problems. 
  • Commitment.
  • Self-respect & self-responsibility.
  • A body of knowledge and practice skills, and a code of ethics to guide us.

Many of us also possess specialised skills in helping and we often also take on the role of a:  

  • Caseworker (primary role of a medical social worker).
  • Counsellor / psychotherapist / psychologist.
  • Family therapist.
  • Grief & bereavement worker.
  • Groupwork facilitator.

Our Roles

Patient Counselling:

Acceptance & Treatment Related Issues  

  • Self Esteem & Confidence Rebuilding
  • Altered Body-Image
  • Sexuality Counselling
  • Depression Counselling
  • Lifestyle Changes & Adaptation / Role Adjustment
  • Interpersonal Relationship Issues
  • Dying, Grief & Bereavement

Family Counselling:  

  • Problems in Family Relationships, especially illness-related
  • Grief & Bereavement Issues
  • Caregivers’ Support

Practical Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance
  • Employment
  • Schooling
  • Housing & Shelter (Crisis)
  • Legal & Ethics
  • Care / Discharge Planning

Patient Support Programmes:

Besides the above, the team of medical social workers also run various Patient Support Programmes.

To find out more on our Patient Support Programmes, please click here.