Cancer Social Work Services

Mission Statement

The Patient & Family Support Services of the Knight Cancer Institute assist patients and families throughout their cancer experience with advocacy, education, resources, and compassion.


Specialty-trained cancer social workers are available to provide support and help you and your family cope with cancer.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute our social workers are an important part of your multidisciplinary care team. They have a broad understanding of cancer, cancer treatment, survivorship, community resources, palliative care, hospice care, grief and bereavement.

Social workers are available in several clinics and by phone to work with you on the following types of issues:

  • Short-term counseling
  • Support to your caregivers and family
  • Help facilitate communication between patients and their medical team
  • Assistance with adjustment to new diagnosis
  • Mental health recommendations and referrals
  • Information and referrals for community-based services
  • Grief and loss support
  • Assistance in mediating family conflict
  • Transportation, lodging/housing
  • Help with navigating OHSU
  • Basic needs referrals through American Cancer Society Patient Navigator
  • Assistance with advanced directives and palliative care, and decisions about end of life issues
  • Information and referrals for financial and insurance concerns

Support Groups

There are also a number of support groups and patient education classes available through OHSU Knight Cancer Institute social work services. You may find comfort in talking with others who are having a similar experience or sharing helpful resources and information with others.

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Our Team

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute social workers are listed below with cancer types they support and their phone numbers. They are available to help our cancer patients or family members. You can call them directly to make an appointment. If you do not see the cancer type relevant to you, call Caroline Macuiba, 503 418-9758.

Cancer and blood diseases

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett, M.S.W.

Peter supports adult patients receiving treatment in the radiation oncology clinic.

Katie Hennessy

Katie Hennessy, LCSW, OSW-C

Katie supports patients and families affected by prostate cancer, blood disorders, testicular cancer, head and neck cancers, lung cancer, bladder and renal cancer and lymphoma.

Andrea Lehman

Andrea Lehman, LCSW

Andrea supports patients and families at our Community Hematology Oncology Northwest, East Portland and Gresham clinics.
503 601-7642

Caroline Macuiba

Caroline Macuiba, LCSW, OSW-C

Caroline supports patients and families affected by gastro-intestinal cancers, those receiving treatment in the outpatient infusion unit for brain tumors and gynecological cancers, and patients seen in the palliative care clinic. She is also the supervisor of the adult oncology social work team.
503 418-9758

Cathy Weeks, MSW

Cathy supports patients and families at our Community Hematology Oncology Beaverton and Tualatin clinics.
503 601-7643

KrisAnn Talarico

KrisAnn Talarico, LCSW

KrisAnn supports patients and families affected by breast cancer, sarcoma, melanoma, thyroid, and serves the Phase 1 clinical trial service.
503 494-6625

Blood Cancers and Blood Diseases

Nancy Boyle

Nancy Boyle, LCSW, OSW-C

Nancy works with patients and families facing leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, blood disorders, and stem cell transplants.
503 494-8787

Keren McCord

Keren McCord, LCSW, OSW-C

Keren works with patients and families facing leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, blood disorders, and stem cell transplants.

Support during your hospital stay, 13th Floor, Kohler Pavilion

Brandy Price, LCSW

Brandy works with cancer patients staying in the hospital and their family members for chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation treatment.
503 346-1357

Manager of Patient and Family Services

Susan Hedlund

Susan Hedlund, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., OSW-C

Susan is the Manager of Patient and Family Support Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. She is on the faculty of the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University, as well as the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University.
503 346-0285


Center for Health & Healing
3303 S.W. Bond Ave., 7th Floor
Portland , OR 97239

Kohler Pavilion
13th & 14th Floor
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239

Beaverton Cancer Center
15700 S.W. Greystone Ct.
Beaverton, OR 97006