Pediatric Oncology Social Work as a specialty discipline is committed to enhancing the emotional and physical well-being of children with cancer and their families. Practice is based upon a unique body of knowledge and expertise in the areas of bio-psychosocial care and the impact of life-threatening illness on normal child development and family life.
A pediatric oncology social worker can have many roles: provide support, counseling, education, and referrals to community resources, as well as act as case manager for children with cancer and their families. Pediatric oncology social workers help families manage day-to-day challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis and its treatment.
Resources for Families and Patients
Please click here for a list of websites with helpful information.
APOSW works with the following organizations to advance psychosocial care for children with cancer and blood disorders:
ExCEL in Social Work: Excellence in Cancer Education & Leadership
ExCEL in Social Work strives to improve the delivery of psychosocial-spiritual care for oncology patients through an innovative oncology social work-specific program.