Psychosocial Support provides comprehensive care to the patients and their families at The Cancer Center. Psychosocial support during cancer treatment is the patient's ally to enhance the mental stamina necessary to meet the challenges of cancer care. The Psychosocial Support Program exemplifies our commitment to providing multidimensional therapeutic interventions to assist the cancer patient and his/her family in coping with all the issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis. Our experienced staff can help you understand your reactions and can collaborate with you to develop effective strategies to improve the quality of your daily living. The Psychosocial Support Program's staff provides therapy, counseling, education, and concrete services to optimize each patient's and family's well-being. The program is available to both patients and families in the hospital or The Cancer Center.
The program Includes:
- Therapy: Individual, couples, and family sessions for short-term or long-term interventions
- Support Groups: Provide patients and families the ability to discuss their issues with people experiencing similar issues
- Crisis Intervention for patients or family member in need of immediate interventions
- Stress Reduction: Techniques include relaxation training, visualization/imagery, desensitization, hypnosis, cognitive/behavioral therapies and therapeutic touch.
- Education Programs focus on care for the caregiver, fatigue, and particular information concerning cancer treatment
- Referrals to grant agencies
- Referral to state and federal programs
Our psychosocial team includes:
Joan Monaghan, M.S., R.N., A.P.N., C., an advanced practice nurse who is coordinator of psychosocial support services. Joan works with the patients of all of the John Theurer Cancer Center’s physicians, especially the medical oncologists. Joan can be reached at 201-996-5827.
Patricia Lane, L.C.S.W., O.S.W-C., a social worker and coordinator of psychosocial support services for patients undergoing radiation oncology. Patricia can be reached at 201-996-2599.
Renee Stein-Goetz, L.C.S.W., a senior social worker for the Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program. Renee works mostly with Dr. Rowley’s and Dr. Donato’s patients who are undergoing stem cell transplantation, but she also sees other patients who are being treated for blood cancers. Renee can be reached at 201-336-8290.
Elizabeth Dorusak, L.C.S.W., a social worker who assists patients of Dr. Andrew Jennis, Dr. Donna McNamara, Dr. Mark Pascal, and Dr. Stanley Waintraub. Most of these patients have either gastrointestinal, gynecologic, or breast cancer; have benign or malignant brain tumors, or have a hematologic complication of pregnancy called gestational thrombophilia. Elizabeth can be reached at 201-336-8135.
Elaine LaGala, L.C.S.W., a social worker who assists patients who are hospitalized on the 5 Pavilion East unit for inpatient cancer treatment. Elaine also coordinates discharge planning for patients who are transferring to sub-acute facilities or in-hospital hospices. Elaine can be reached at 201-996-4942.
Anita Vargas, L.S.W., a social worker who assists patients with hematologic malignancies who are patients of Dr. Stuart Goldberg, Dr. Andre Goy, Dr. Tatyana Feldman, Dr. Aisha Masood, and Dr. David S. Siegel. These patients have leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, or other serious blood disorders. Anita can be reached at 201-996-5861.
Diane Powell, a psychosocial assistant who helps John Theurer Cancer Center patients with transportation issues and patient assistance programs. Diane can be reached at 201-996-5203