Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

Posted April 26th, 2019

Have you taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? Aside from cotton swabs, mouthwash and makeup remover, are there old, outdated prescription drugs in your cabinet? How do you dispose of old, outdated, expired or unneeded medications? Flush them down the toilet? Throw them out with your household trash? Not sure? Well, the DEA […]


Beware the High Deductible Plan

Posted April 24th, 2019

Open enrollment is upon us at my employer. We are pretty lucky. We have excellent health benefits for a fairly nominal monthly contribution from each employee. There is no doubt the premiums (what we pay for our health insurance) have increased since I first starting working for my employer, but it is still incredibly affordable […]


Who Will Tell Your Story?

Posted April 16th, 2019

April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD). This is an annual event that highlights the importance of making healthcare decisions before there is a healthcare crisis. This can be done through the completion of an advance directive (living will) and/or naming a healthcare proxy/surrogate decision maker. This day is so important. Research studies […]


Social Work Stories: Shirley

Posted March 29th, 2019

March is Social Work Month. This year’s theme is, “Elevate Social Work.” In honor of Social Work month and in our attempt to elevate our practice, OncoLink is featuring social workers and their own voices. Today we hear from Shirley, one of my (Christina’s) mentors and a force in the field of palliative social work. This […]


Social Work Stories: Amy

Posted March 26th, 2019

March is Social Work Month. This year’s theme is, “Elevate Social Work.” In honor of Social Work month and in our attempt to elevate our practice, OncoLink is featuring social workers and their own voices. This entry is from Amy Hoch, an oncology financial navigator/social worker. Social work runs in my family.  I was introduced to […]


Social Work Stories: Jean

Posted March 20th, 2019

March is Social Work Month. This years theme is, “Elevate Social Work.” In honor of Social Work month and in our attempt to elevate our practice, OncoLink is featuring social workers and their own voices. This entry is from Jean Rowe, an oncology social worker. My father died of metastatic lung cancer in the early […]


Social Work Stories: Catherine

Posted March 19th, 2019

March is Social Work Month, This years theme is, “Elevate Social Work.” In honor of Social Work month and in our attempt to elevate our practice, OncoLink is featuring social workers and their own voices. This entry is from Catherine Credeur, an oncology social worker. Happy Social Work Month! I have been a social worker […]


Social Work Stories: Brittany

Posted March 14th, 2019

March is Social Work Month, This years theme is, “Elevate Social Work.” In honor of Social Work month and in our attempt to elevate our practice, OncoLink is featuring social workers and their own voices. This entry is from Brittany Moore, an oncology social worker. Oncology social work entered my life at the dear age […]


March is Social Work Month

Posted March 11th, 2019

It is hard to believe it when I type it, but 25 years ago, I moved to Philadelphia to study social work at the University of Pennsylvania. Wow. 25 years. It’s my silver anniversary as a social worker. Wow, the stories I could tell you… Every March is designated as Social Work Month. This year’s […]


Today is Rare Disease Day!

Posted February 28th, 2019

I’ve been an oncology social worker for many years. I’ve seen countless cases of the most common cancers including breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Because these cancers are more common, there are more supportive services, research dollars and awareness walks for these diseases. But, I’ve also seen a lot of rare […]