An oncology social worker is a clinical professional who holds a master’s degree in social work and has years of cancer training and experience. An oncology social worker understands that a cancer diagnosis and treatment can affect relationships, employment, finances and often brings new stress and challenge into your life. Your social worker is committed to partnering with you and your family during and after your cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Virginia Cancer Specialists is committed to caring for our patients well-being during and after their cancer diagnosis, by providing psychosocial and emotional support services to you and your family.
Saundra Weller, LCSW, OSW-C
A cancer diagnosis can be a shock to a patient impacting them emotionally and physically. Oncology Social Workers are part of the health care team that can assist patients and their loved ones with the the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Private and confidential consultations are offered in our Fairfax office, and are available to patients and/ or family members.
Virginia Cancer Specialists social work services are committed to ensuring that our patients and their loved ones have access to the psychological, social, practical, and spiritual support and resources they need. We will gladly speak with you, evaluate your needs, and make recommendations and referrals that address your life’s circumstances.
Virginia Cancer Specialists social work services will document your visit in our electronic medical record, noting only that you have been here, what interventions happened in session, and the topics discussed. Under the provisions of the Health Care Information Act of 1992, you have the right to a copy of your file at any time. You have the right to request that we correct any errors in your file. You have the right to request that a copy of your file be available to any other health care provider at your written request.
There are limits and exceptions to legal confidentiality within the context of an oncology setting. It is important to discuss with your social worker the types of information that will be shared. There are other exceptions to confidentiality. These include but are not limited to the following:
There are limits to privileged communication within a health care setting. Privileged communication is the understanding between the professional and patient that the information revealed by the patient will not be divulged to others without expressed permission.
We do not fall under privileged communication. Privileged communication generally only pertains to psychotherapeutic relationships.
Virginia Cancer Specialists complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at: (703) 208-3155, from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM