Supportive Care During Cancer Treatments

At New York Oncology Hematology, we believe caring for our patients extends beyond the treatment we provide. We are proud to offer a variety of programs to support you and your loved ones and we can help connect you with other groups in the community who also provide important services.


Our Team

Our dedicated supportive care team is here as a resource for you, your family, and your cancer caregivers.
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Frances Ford, LCSW-R
Social Work Manager & Palliative Care Social Worker

Ellen Gokey, ANP-BC, ACHPN
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Director of Palliative Care
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Meg Guzda, FNP
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

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Aja Levenson, LMSW
Oncology Social Worker

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Catherine Markey, LCSW, ACHP-SW
 Palliative Care Social Worker

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Claire Ralli, LCSW-R
Oncology Social Worker

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Alice Sorensen, LMSW
Oncology Social Worker

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Christine Webber,  LCSW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C
Palliative Care Social Worker


Social Work Services

From support groups to financial support through our NYOH Community Cancer Foundation, we are here for you every step of the way. We encourage you to learn more and take advantage of our supportive care services.


Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides symptom relief and coping strategies to ease the stress of a serious illness such as cancer with the goal of improving your quality of life. 

NYOH Cancer Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Group

This focus group will provide caregivers with a mutually supportive space to:
• Share experiences
• Process emotions
• Connect to community resources
• Receive psychoeducational

Virtual Cancer Support Group

Welcoming individuals at any stage of their cancer journey, this support group provides a space for empowerment. Attendees, whether recently diagnosed or those managing their condition, have the flexibility to join at their convenience. 

Virtual Brain Tumor Support Group

The group is an open to both the newly diagnosed and those managing brain tumors for some time. You are welcome to bring topics for discussion, articles, resources, questions, etc., to share. We also welcome you to share items that are appropriate and relevant to the Brain Tumor Support Group.

Upcoming Meetings

Cancer Support Groups in the Community

Find local community resources and support groups.

Supportive Care FAQs

Who would benefit from meeting with an NYOH Social Worker?

Anyone looking for extra support or resources throughout their cancer and survivorship journey should contact social workers. They provide concrete and emotional support to patients and their loved ones. 

Are social work and palliative care services covered under my insurance?

Yes. In some cases, a copay may apply.

How can I contact an NYOH Social Worker or palliative care team member?

Simply inform any NYOH staff or your provider that you would like to connect with a social worker or have a palliative care consult.

Where can I access social work or palliative care services?

NYOH offers these services at its patient care locations and also provides telehealth appointments.

Does Palliative care mean that I have to begin hospice or stop my treatment plan?

You can request palliative care at any stage in your care. Palliative care is an extra layer of support to address your physical and emotional needs, also focusing on reducing physical discomfort, managing symptoms, and enhancing your overall well-being.