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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 (HCI) offers many support and education groups for patients and loved ones. Some are general. Others are specific to gender, language, and type of cancer. These classes and groups are a way to share feelings and connect with others who are affected by cancer. Here is a current list.

Amyloidosis Education & Support Group (Virtual)

Q&A sessions with a Huntsman Amyloidosis provider held quarterly

For patients, families, and friends.

For more information or to be notified about the next meeting, please contact Nico Cheek-O’Donnell at 801-587-4695 or Nico.Cheek-ODonnell@hci.utah.edu.

Amyloidosis Program Webpage

Body Image Clinic

One-on-one sessions for men and women adjusting to physical changes of cancer treatment

Contact: Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW
801-585-0212

Brain Tumor Education & Support Group

For newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers
Virtual meetings begin October 2021, date to be determined

For more information and link to virtual group:
Deborah Harless, LCSW
801-581-2585

Breast Cancer Support Group

For women with metastatic breast cancer

To learn more about the Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group, contact Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW at 801-585-0212 or lisa.gauchay@hci.utah.edu.

Caregiver Education & Support Group (Virtual)

For Huntsman Caregivers
Tuesdays, Noon-1 pm

Available through Zoom.
Email HCICareGiverGroup@hci.utah.edu for registration and instruction.

Find more information for caregivers

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month, 10 am-11 am
Trailview Conference Room, 6th Floor, HCI Cancer Hospital

Contact: Mary Haug, LCSW
801-213-5651 or Mary.Haug@hci.utah.edu

Men's Cancer Support Group (Virtual)

Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Call 801-213-5940 or email Julio.Jarvis@hci.utah.edu to sign up.

Multiple Myeloma Education & Support Group (Virtual)

3rd Wednesday each month, 1:00 pm
For patients, families, and friends.
In collaboration with MyelomaCrowd and then International Myeloma Foundation.

For instructions on how to register or more information:
Nico Cheek-O’Donnell
801-587-4695 or Nico.Cheek-ODonnell@hci.utah.edu

Multiple Myeloma Program Webpage

Survivorship Counseling

Coping skills for people who have completed cancer treatments for six months or more

Julio Jarvis: 801-213-5940
Elizabeth Silvester: 801-213-5939
Lisa Gauchay: 801-585-0212
Rachal Buchanan: 801-213-6373

Women's Cancer Survivorship Group (Virtual)

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

Meets monthly, contact Laurie Coleman, LCSW for more information
801-213-5331 or laurie.coleman@hci.utah.edu

Young Adult Connections

Young Adult Connections is a social group for people with cancer ages 18-39 and their partner or a friend. Events on the third Thursday each month 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, 801-646-4005

Contact Us

Patient and Family Support at Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
801-213-5699
Hours: Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.