Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Work Services


Social Work is an integral part of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital. A social worker is assigned to follow every newly diagnosed patient and his family from the time of new diagnosis throughout the course of treatment and for a period of time after treatment until transition to the Late Effects Clinic. A social worker also follows the Late Effects Clinic.

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer or a serious chronic blood disorder is a new and frightening experience for families creating a lot of disruption and challenges to family life. Social Work services include emotional support, adjustment to illness counseling through the shock of new diagnosis and throughout the ups and downs of treatment, and crisis intervention. Social Workers also provide group opportunities for families to meet and discuss issues of common worry and concern several times a month.

School is a very important part of any child's life. The social workers help with school issues, including arranging for home and hospital teaching during the early courses of treatment and working on helping transition the child back to the classroom, including school visits and advocating for 405 and IEP educational plans. Through a generous donation from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, our clinic has a number of laptop computers and webcams that enable a child to have direct contact with his classroom teacher and school.

Social Workers also help patients and families with information and referrals for summer camp and other fun activities, wigs and hair replacement options, sperm banking and fertility concerns, wish organizations, college scholarships and vocational training.

Lombardi Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social workers are:

Sharron Arbuthnot, MSW, LICSW
Denise Garner, MSW, LICSW
Mary E. Lane, MSW, LICSW