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Cancer Support Services at NWMS

NWMS offers a variety of support services to help patients and their care team through the difficult journey of cancer and recovery. With 7 convenient locations in Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Chehalis and Olympia, you won’t have to travel far to receive the best care following your cancer treatment. We understand that discovering that you are suffering from cancer can be overwhelming. Our oncologists will take the time to answer any questions that you may have and discover the a best treatment option for you. Learn more about cancer and call us at (253) 428-8700 to schedule your appointment today.

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
  • Survivorship
  • Care planning and decision making
  • Supportive counseling and support programs


Caitlyn Graves, MSW, LSWA-IC

Caitlyn Graves, MSW, LICSW

“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. Through my job, 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, MSW, LICSW

“My name is Abra Kelson; I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I serve NWMS as the support service manager. I am also a leader of the NWMS’ patient advocacy chapter, CPAN. As a social worker at NWMS, I am humbled to work with people who are often in the midst of the most challenging time of their life. I embrace care that places patients and families at the center, regarding the patient as the expert of their life. Through clinical practice, education and advocacy, I strive to empower patients and their loved ones to participate actively in their health care and management. My service approach includes respecting patients’ values, preferences, and expressed needs.”

Sansara Owens, MSW, LMSW, LSWA-IC

“My name is Sansara Owens and I am a social worker at Northwest Medical Specialties, taking an active role in CPAN and participating in AOSW. I am grateful to be stepping into a position where I can provide emotional support, trauma-informed care and compassion, knowledge, and advocacy to help individuals and families find a way forward during a difficult time. I look forward to being an inclusive and collaborative member of the care team, empowering patients and their families to navigate the complex cancer experience with confidence.”