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Celebrating Social Work Month

March 22, 2021

Cancer can create a roller coaster for patients and their caregivers impacting many areas of life. Oncology social workers can provide emotional support to patients and their families through many ways, including individual counseling and support groups. They also help with case management and practical resource needs. Social workers play an essential role in the integrated, multi-disciplinary care team that surrounds cancer patients at Texas Oncology and we appreciate their work and contributions.

In celebration of National Social Work Month, observed annually in March, several social workers from across our network shared why they’re passionate about supporting our patients and their families.

I am passionate about serving Texas Oncology patients because I was born with a heart of service. To be able to provide some level of assistance to a patient that feels like there is none is the ultimate reward in my eyes.” Kendra Rene Burke, MSW, LCSW, Texas Oncology–Deke Slayton Cancer Center, Houston Memorial City, Katy, and Sugar Land
Cancer is a lifechanging diagnosis. I am humbled to sit with our patients in their most vulnerable moments and witness the strength and resiliency of the human spirit shine through as they navigate their diagnosis. Because of them, I strive to be a better social worker, to be more present, and to do more.” Rebecca Clinton, MSW, MBA, LCSW, OSW-C, Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center, Fredericksburg, and New Braunfels
I have worked to support Texas Oncology cancer patients and their families since 2009. Even after working with hundreds of patients and families, there are definitely no two cancer patients or situations exactly alike. This means an opportunity to develop a unique relationship with each and provide personalized support.” Penny DeCou, MSW, LCSW, Texas Oncology–Austin Central
The impact of a cancer diagnosis is never linear; on the contrary, it is most times followed by a rollercoaster of emotion. Experiencing the highs and lows with a patient can be challenging, complex and honestly, at times, quite overwhelming. However, there is great reward at the end of the day knowing I’ve made a difference.” Maygan Hansard, MSW, LMSW, Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown
As an oncology social worker, I see people facing one of the most poignant moments in their lives, and I have the privilege of being a part of their support system, both to the patient and their families. It is important to me that I can bring clarity and advocacy at a time when sometimes it feels like all is lost. I hope that my passion for my work helps to ease even a small ounce of the burdens which are placed on those living with cancer.” Jenn Paxton, MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Texas Oncology–Methodist Charlton Cancer Center and Methodist Dallas Cancer Center
As a social worker, I help patients and families when their world has been turned upside down by cancer. In turn, I am inspired daily seeing how our patients courageously face all of the stressors and challenges that go along with a cancer diagnosis.” Vicki Wright, MSW, LMSW, Texas Oncology–Tyler

For upcoming webinars visit www.TexasOncologyFoundation.org.