Overview

Social Workers for Patients & Families

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

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

Support Groups

Support groups are a way to share feelings and connect with others who are affected by cancer.

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. Here is a current list of support groups offered at HCI.

Breast Cancer Support Group

For women with metastatic breast cancer

Contact: Lisa Gauchay, MSW, LCSW 
801-585-0212 or lisa.gauchay@hci.utah.edu

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 or lisa.gauchay@hci.utah.edu

Brain Tumor Education & Support Group

For newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers
Held once a month, Noon–1 p.m. 
Day varies, so please call
Light lunch served

Contact: Lynne Klaus, LCSW
801-581-2585 or lynne.klaus@hci.utah.edu

Caregiver Education & Support Group

Wednesdays, Noon–1 p.m.
Infusion Education Room, 2nd floor
HCI Cancer Hospital, light lunch served

Contact: 801-213-5699

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Education & Support Group

For patients and their families
First Thursday each month, Noon–1 p.m.
The Bistro Private Dining Room, 6th floor
HCI Cancer Hospital

Contact: 801-587-4753

Lung Cancer Support & Education Group

3rd Wednesday each month, 4–5 p.m.
Trailview Conference Room, 6th floor, HCI Cancer Hospital

Contact: Rainey Boateng, LCSW
801-585-9150 or rainey.boateng@hci.utah.edu

Big Mind, Big Heart Group

Three-week course about finding meaning and purpose after cancer 
Multipurpose Room, 6th floor, HCI Cancer Hospital 
Led by Paul Thielking, MD

Contact: Julie Howell
801-213-4246 or julie.howell@hci.utah.edu

Mind-Body Skills Group

Weekly class for stress reduction
Led by Paul Thielking, MD, and Julie Howell

Contact: Julie Howell
801-213-4246 or julie.howell@hci.utah.edu

Survivorship Counseling

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

Contacts: Laurie Coleman, LCSW, 801-213-5331, laurie.coleman@hci.utah.edu
Jennifer Mijangos, LCSW, OSW-C, 801-587-4761, jennifer.mijangos@hci.utah.edu

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.