Cancer Support Services in Washington
Offices in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, & Bonney Lake
NWMS offers a variety of support services to help patients and their care team through the difficult journey of cancer and recovery. We offer empowering resources such as:
Cancer Support Groups
Cancer support groups offer invaluable resources in dealing with the physical challenges of cancer as well as the emotional impact of the disease. Family members and caretakers can also benefit from the relief and friendship these groups provide.
A good support group welcomes each person and allows them room to take part or just listen. The leader sets a tone of acceptance, gives equal opportunity to participate, keeps focus on the group’s purpose and guards against any harmful interaction.
Groups should give the attendees a chance to be open and honest in their expression and find like-minded individuals in similar situations who can help you with their journey. If you don’t fit with the first group you try, be sure to try another.
Social Work Services
Our NWMS social workers are licensed mental health professionals that are available to meet with patients, families and loved-ones, to help navigate through the challenges brought on by illness and treatment. Social workers can help with:
- Adjusting to illness and role changes
- Loss and grief
- Care planning and decision making
- Supportive counseling and support programs
Caitlyn Graves, MSW, LSWA-IC
“My name is Caitlyn Graves and I am a social worker at Northwest Medical Specialties. I work at our Tacoma, Federal Way, and Gig Harbor Clinics. Not only do I get to serve our patients and their families, I am apart of some of our awesome committees like CPAN, Compassionate Care Committee, and Cancer Support Community.
Through my job and our committees I am able to advocate for and help the amazing and strong patients we serve. I get to support patients and their families through times of hardship and hopefully ease some of their journey along the way. It is truly an amazing opportunity to serve this community.”
Abra Kelson, LICSW, OSW-C
“My name is Abra Kelson, I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and certified as an Oncology Social Worker. I serve NWMS as the support service supervisor. I am also a leader of the NWMS’ advocacy chapter CPAN and work as the program director for NWMS’ Cancer Support Community, organizing supportive programs for anyone affected by cancer in the community.
As a social worker at NWMS, I have the incredible opportunity to work with people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life, but what also can be the most real and meaningful. I truly consider it an honor to bear witness to all of these experiences and walk alongside patients and their families offering support and assistance throughout their journey.”
“My name is Eunice Chua, Patient Navigator at Northwest Medical Specialties. I graduated from California State University in 2009, with a bachelor of science degree in Healthcare Administration, after serving 4 years in the US Navy. I primarily serve our Spanish speaking population from all east and west side clinics. I love working with a diverse population and assisting patients knock down barriers. As an important part of a patient’s care team, I assist with transportation, housing, financial, navigating the healthcare system, and connecting patients with community resources. I am also the Program Coordinator for Cancer Support Community, a member of COA/CPAN, and on the board of NWMS’ Compassionate Care Committee. My favorite part of my job is advocating for my patients, being a part of their cancer journey and making a difference in their lives.”