Jessica Stein, LCSW
As a Clinical Oncology Social Worker, Jessica Stein wears two hats. One is working on the in-patient unit on NP15, Smilow's surgical oncology floor, where she primarily sees patients with head and neck, endocrine, GI and GU cancers, and the other is working in the out-patient setting in the Multi-Specialty Clinic on NP4, seeing patients with similar diagnoses who oftentimes are admitted to the surgical oncology floor where she continues to offer her help and assesses their needs post-surgery.
"A lot of these patients, especially those with head and neck cancer, are coming out of surgery with an altered appearance and changes in function as well," said Jessica. "They need to learn new ways to communicate and to eat and it is often hard adjusting to that along with the diagnosis of cancer. I am available to assist patients and families with learning how to cope more effectively."
Jessica explained that receiving a cancer diagnosis is like entering a new world with new challenges to face. Patients are not sure where they need to be, who they can get in touch with questions, and what this diagnosis means for them in the future. Jessica is there to help them navigate this new world, provide resources, and help with any issues that may arise such as finances, family matters, and coping.
Bonnie Indeck, LCSW, and Manager of Oncology Social Work at Smilow Cancer Hospital commented, "Jessica's clinical skills enable her to work with patients and families to validate and normalize their concerns and support them through these life challenges. Jessica's ability to connect patients to appropriate resources and help them to maintain their dignity and respect is remarkable. She is an asset to the patients and families with whom she works, as well as to her medical teams."