The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute provides specialty-trained social workers who can provide advocacy, education, resources and compassion to help you and your family cope with cancer.
Social workers make up an important part of your care team. They bring a broad understanding of cancer, cancer treatment, survivorship, community resources, palliative care, hospice care, grief and bereavement.
They are available at several locations and by phone. Services include:
- Support around adjustment to your diagnosis
- Help with communication between you and your medical team
- Mental health recommendations and referrals
- Information and referrals for community-based services
- Grief and loss support
- Support to you, your caregivers and family
- Help mediating family conflict related to illness
- Help with transportation and lodging or housing
- Help with navigating OHSU
- Help with advance directives and end-of-life issues
- Help with palliative care
- Information and referrals for financial and insurance concerns
Cancer and blood diseases
Peter Bennett, LCSW, OSW-C, works with patients and families in the Radiation Oncology and Hematology and Medical Oncology clinics who are dealing with blood disorders, head and neck cancers and lung cancer. 503-418-3544
Carisa Deethardt, LCSW, works with patients and families dealing with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, blood disorders and stem cell transplants. 503-494-8787
Katie Hennessy, LCSW, OSW-C, APHSW-C, supports patients and families in the Hematology and Medical Oncology clinic affected by melanoma, prostate cancer or thyroid cancer. She also is a member of the outpatient palliative care team. 503-494-9244
Kristina Meyer, LCSW, supports patients and families affected by breast cancer and GU cancers as well as Gyn Onc patients seen in Palliative Care or the Infusion Unit. 503-494-6625
Cami Godsey, LCSW, supports patients and families affected by GI cancers and sarcoma. 503-494-5955
Jessica Savara, LCSW, supports patients and families at our NW community clinic. 971-262-9651
Support during your hospital stay
Greg Rainey, MSW, works with patients and their families dealing with bone marrow transplant and blood cancers during their stay at Kohler Pavilion 503-494-6780
Patient and Family Services
Susan Hedlund, M.S.W., LCSW, OSW-C, is the director of Patient and Family Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. She is on the faculty of the OHSU School of Medicine and Portland State University’s School of Social Work. 503-346-0285
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Center for Health & Healing Building 2
3485 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions
Additional locations: Ask your care team or see the “Our teams” section on this page.