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Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. For this reason, the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy & referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.

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Our Oncology Social Work staff is available at no cost, to help meet your needs. These services are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

Services Available:

Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Counseling
  • Home Visits
  • Relaxation/Stress Management
  • Visitors Programs
  • Advocacy
  • Wigs & Hats - available free of charge

Assistance and Referrals For:

  • Advance Healthcare Directives
  • Beauty Consultation (call Beth Higgins: (805) 298-2552)
  • Childcare
  • Disability Benefits
  • Financial Assistance
  • Home Health
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Insurance
  • Lodging/Housing
  • Long Term Care
  • Medical Equipment
  • Prescription Aid
  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Welcome Back Program - haircuts (call Emily Perez: (805) 252-6495).

Support Groups and Programs:
Please call (805) 563-5852 for dates, times and location. Also, please check the Calendar for an up-to-date schedule of groups and classes.

  • Brain Tumor Support Group
  • Caring for the Caregiver Program
  • Community Cancer Support Group
  • Community Palliative Care Program
  • Gynecological Cancers Support and Education Program
  • Head and Neck Support Group
  • Helping Children Cope When a Parent Has Cancer
  • Life after Cancer Group
  • Living with Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma Support and Education Program
  • Sobreviviendo el Cancer (Spanish Language Support Group)
  • Prostate Cancer Discussion Group
  • Young Adult Group

For information about our programs and services please call one of Staff at the location nearest to you:

300 & 317 West Pueblo Street
Mary Solis, MSW, LCSW (805) 569-2412
Samuel Leer, MSW, LCSW (805) 682-7300

540 West Pueblo Street:
Catherine Nelson, MSW (805) 563-5851

524 W. Pueblo Street: 
Carlos Guerrero (805) 563-5853
Rosario Campuzano (805) 563-5852
Sherry Massey (805) 682-7060

Solvang Office, 2040 Viborg Road:
Samuel Leer, MSW, LCSW (805) 686-5370