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Social Workers for Patients & Families

People facing cancer are often scared about what may happen. They may worry about how their loved ones will cope and what the future will be like.

At Huntsman Cancer Institute, our Patient & Family Support social workers help patients deal with these feelings and concerns. They are an important part of your care team.

Social workers help in many ways by providing these services:

  • One-on-one, couples, and family counseling
  • Education and support groups
  • Tips for better communication
  • Stress management
  • Help for depression and anxiety
  • Filling out advance directives
  • Spiritual care resources
  • Support for practical concerns such as finances and work-related issues
  • Resources for caregivers

Find more information about support and coping on our patient education resources web portal.

Classes & Support Groups

Huntsman Cancer Institute offers many support and education groups for patients and loved ones. These classes and groups are a way to share feelings and connect with others who are affected by cancer. Here is a current list.

Annual Amyloidosis Education Seminar

Huntsman Annual Amyloidosis Education Seminar for patients, families, and friends.

For more information or to be notified about the next meeting:

Amyloidosis Program Webpage

Caregiver Education & Support Group (Virtual)

For Huntsman Caregivers
Tuesdays, Noon-1 pm

Available through Zoom.
Email for registration and instruction.

Find more information for caregivers

Melanoma Patient Support Group

The Melanoma Disease Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute runs a virtual patient support group. All melanoma patients can participate and each meeting is led by melanoma patient Davis Moore.

This is a great opportunity to meet others and learn about the latest research developments and available treatments. If you have questions about this event, please email


Men's Cancer Support Group (Virtual)

Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Call 801-213-5940 or email to sign up.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

An educational and therapeutic process group for patients with stage 4 breast cancer that meets twice a month, once in person and once via Zoom.

To learn more about participating, contact Annie Nebeker, PhD, LCSW and Jasmine Fitzsimmons, LCSW at or 801-585-0212.

Multiple Myeloma Education & Support Group (Virtual)

Date and time varies depending on provider/speaker availability for patients, families, and friends. In collaboration with the International Myeloma Foundation. 

For instructions on how to register or more information:

Multiple Myeloma Program Webpage

Women's Cancer Support Group

Support is here. This group is for women currently in treatment for various cancer types. Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 1 pm. Contact Rachal Buchanan, LCSW for more information at 801-213-6373 or send an email.

Women's Cancer Survivorship Group (Virtual)

Cancer treatment was hard, but surviving cancer can be too. There is support available. This support group is for women who have been diagnosed and completed treatment for all cancer types.

Meets monthly, virtually. Contact Laurie Coleman, LCSW for more information at 801-213-5331 or

Young Adult Connections

This social group is for people with cancer ages 18-39 and their partner or a friend. Events are held twice a month, alternating between virtually and in person. These events offer the chance to connect, enjoy social activities, and hear educational presentations about adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer topics. Find event details on the HIAYA Cancer Group Facebook page.

Contact and RSVP: Karlie Allen, AYA Patient Navigator, 801-585-9669

Contact Us

Patient and Family Support at Huntsman Cancer Institute

2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Hours: Monday—Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm

Social Workers for Inpatients

Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Inpatient Unit, 4th Floor

Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Hematology Inpatient Unit, 4th Floor

Intensive Care Unit, 5th Floor

Medical Oncology Inpatient Unit, 4th Floor

Surgical Inpatient Unit, 5th Floor and North Wing


Social Workers for Outpatients

Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)

Brain, Spine, & Skull Base Cancers

Breast Cancer

Dermatology, Melanoma, & Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)

Gastrointestinal Cancers - Oncology

Gynecological Cancers

Head & Neck Cancers

Hematology, Leukemia, & Lymphoma

Lung Cancer

Multiple Myeloma


Urologic Cancers

Farmington Health Center

South Jordan Health Center

Sugar House Health Center

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