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Social Work

Pediatric Oncology Social Work as a specialty discipline is committed to enhancing the emotional and physical well-being of children with cancer and their families. Practice is based upon a unique body of knowledge and expertise in the areas of developmental pediatrics and the impact of life-threatening illness on normal child development and family life. Pediatric oncology social workers are clinicians, educators, advocates, and researchers.

Oncology social workers provide:

  • An understanding of the medical, social, and family dynamics of chronic catastrophic illness on the patient and family
  • Clinical interventions including individual, group, and family treatment as well as crisis intervention
  • Knowledge of medically, social, and educational resources to promote child development and adaptation to illness/treatment
  • Education and counseling on loss and death and grief
  • Information and education of pediatric cancer, cancer treatment, and the late effects of  treatment on survivorship
  • Resources available to pediatric oncology patients and families

Social Work Staff

Kathleen M. Orr, LCSW-C
Clinical Interest: Palliative Care, Families
Contact: 410-955-8124

Matthew Eggen, LGSW
Clinical Interest:  Siblings
Contact: 410-955-7211

Lori Seraphin, LCSW
Contact:  410-955-8126

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