• Social Work

    Who We Are:

    Social workers at the Cancer Institute are here to help you cope with your illness from the time of your diagnosis, throughout the course of your treatment and beyond. We assist both patients and their families through this difficult journey. Social workers work closely with your entire treatment team including physicians, nurses, nutritionists and other support services, in an effort to provide the best possible care and outcome. We do this by linking you to all available non-medical community resources and services, providing you with emotional support, and assisting patients and families in dealing with the potential financial burden associated with such serious illness.

    Our staff of Master’s Degree trained Social Workers work solely for Bassett Healthcare Network for the benefit of our patients. At your first visit to the Cancer Center, they meet with you to assess what your needs are and answer any questions that you may have. After this interview they develop a comprehensive plan to help you and your family confront any issues that may arise, be they financial, legal, social, emotional, spiritual. They are there by your side for the entire journey, whatever it may entail: diagnosis, treatment, recovery, at home, or in the hospital.

    Put simply, our goal is to help you achieve your goal.

    How We Can Help:

    • Adjustment to Illness Counseling
    • Financial Assessment and Counseling
    • Advance Directives
    • Disability Information
    • Assistance with Insurance or Lack of Insurance
    • Caregiver and Community Resources
    • Palliative Care
    • Family Meetings and Communication with the Mutidisciplinary Team
    • Local Lodging During Treatment
    • Transportation Assistance
    • Support Groups and Linkage
    • Support for Psychosocial Issues (i.e. housing, home care, domestic violence, substance abuse)
    • Linkage to Cancer Specific Resources
    • Assistance in Getting Needed Medication

    How to Contact Us:

    Cooperstown: (607) 547-4963
    Herkimer: (315) 867-2808
    Oneonta: (607) 433-6470