Oncology Social Workers/Patient Navigators
Desiree Hobson, MSW, and Kelly Brajcich, MSW, OSW-C, are oncology social workers/patient navigators for the Cancer Center at Overlake. They complement the medical treatment available by providing emotional support, teaching coping skills and addressing complex family or social concerns that could hinder treatment.
Patient or family conferences with the oncology social workers/patient navigators can encourage and support compliance with recommended treatment protocols. The social workers/navigators can provide information on Overlake’s patient support services available through our Cancer Resource Center including patient education materials, support groups and access to our patient navigator.
The integrated care team at Overlake is a huge strength of our program, with physicians, nurses and the social workers/patient navigators all working together to ensure the needs of each patient are met.
"The Cancer Center at Overlake provides holistic care – for the mind, body and spirit," says oncology social worker/patient navigator Desiree Hobson. "It is this comprehensive care that makes a difference."
Patients may self-refer to the social worker or can ask their physician to initiate a referral. If you or your family member needs assistance from our oncology social workers, call Desiree at 425-688-5586 or Kelly at 425-467-3809. Services provided are free of charge to cancer patients and their families.
The oncology social workers/patient navigators can help you:
- Apply for programs that offer financial assistance including Overlake’s financial assistance program.
- Access clinical trials at Overlake (for qualified patients).
- Access prescription drug assistance programs.
- Provide a link to community resources.
- Plan for your care by talking about advance directives.
- Connect with support groups to help you cope with a cancer diagnosis.
The oncology social worker can provide:
- Individual, family and caregiver counseling.
- Information on talking with your children, family or friends about a cancer diagnosis.
- Support to the patient, family and caregiver through the active treatment phase.
- Resources to help you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Resources to help you cope with common treatment side effects.
- Free wigs to patients in active treatment.