The Psychosocial Oncology Team at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center was created to meet the support needs of bone and marrow transplant and oncology patients.

While the cancer experience is physical in nature, it is also an emotional experience. Children can have an especially hard time when a parent is ill. They are sensitive to changes in their routine and changes in who cares for them. It is important to try to maintain a regular schedule for them. Talk with them, in an age-appropriate way, about what to expect through the transplant process. They are much more able to handle what is going on if they have honest information. Be sure to tell them how their needs will be taken care of through the transplant process. Providing them with an outlet to talk about normal feelings and fears that come up as their parent goes through transplant is essential. Sometimes a parent is unable to hear all of their fears without feeling they need to “fix it.” A referral to a child therapist, or group specializing in working with children whose parent is ill, may be helpful. Please ask to speak to a social worker if you need some direction or referrals. Cancer gives rise to a number of psychological and social problems that, when not addressed, can lead to increased distress.

Support services in the Psychosocial Oncology Department are provided by Masters-Prepared, Licensed Social Workers who offer a range of services such as providing emotional support, identifying and accessing grants and resources in the community, help with practical issues such as transportation and housing, assistance in obtaining medical leave or disability, and providing education on what to expect through the transplant process from an emotional perspective.

Members of the psychosocial oncology team are here to help you through the transplant experience. Please let them know how they can assist you

Support Group

The CBCI Psychosocial Team, in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, hosts a support group on the 4th Monday of each month from 5:30 – 6:45.

This group provides mutual support and offers the opportunity to discuss questions and concerns with others who share similar experiences. This sharing strengthens family bonds, creates new connections, and enhances everyone's ability to cope with cancer.

There will also be opportunities to hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as financial support, nutrition, palliative care, stress, and hear from local survivors!

Register in advance for this meeting 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the meeting virtually. For more information or for assistance for people with disabilities please contact: Dawn Guerrero at (720) 440-8655 or via email.