Social Services

Helping to reduce stress for you and your family through all stages of treatment

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer you are faced with decisions about treatment, finances, work and caring for your family. Your individual treatment team may include specialized oncology social workers who can provide counseling and other services throughout all phases of your cancer. 

We can help you:

  • Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments
  • Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
  • Understand insurance coverage as well as disability and social security benefits
  • Apply for programs that offer financial assistance

We offer:

  • Counseling for you and your family members
  • Support groups and educational programs
  • Workplace and school education and consultation

We can teach you about:

  • Talking with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Reducing stress and relaxation skills
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experience and resources to help you long term
  • Planning for your care and the use of advance directives

We can help you access:

  • Affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage
  • Transportation to and from medical care
  • Referrals for help at home
Diagnosed at a young age and in a new town, this survivor explains the help social services gave her during her treatment. 

Services are provided as part of Harper's Hope, a cancer survivorship program.  These services are provided to cancer survivors regardless of where they go for cancer treatment, no matter if they are newly diagnosed or a longtime survivor. 

Meet the Social Work Providers

Colleen Hoarty, LCSW

Colleen is the newest social worker at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Colleen has worked as a social worker for nearly 20 years in a variety of settings, with many different patient populations including geriatrics, immigrants and hospice. She enjoys working in healthcare as part of a multi-disciplinary team and feels privileged to be working in oncology with the opportunity to connect with patients and families.

Peggy Jarrell, LCSW, OSW-C

Peggy Jarrell has worked in medical and oncology social work for almost 30 years. Peggy is well versed in issues that can impact survivors’ lives from the time of diagnosis to post-treatment and works hard to see each person’s unique situation and provide information and resources that are specific to their individual needs. She wants all patients and families to have information about support resources that may help them better cope with the challenges of cancer care.

Kevin Keeley, LCSW

Kevin is a counselor with more than 20 years of experience working with patients and families who are coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. He helps facilitate the head and neck cancer support group and the prostate cancer support group. Kevin's goal is to help enhance quality of life for patients no matter where they are in their cancer journey.