Receiving a cancer diagnosis affects so much more than our physical bodies. It can also affect our emotions, relationships, finances, and many other things. That’s why Piedmont Augusta Hospital provides our patients with someone specifically trained to deal with the non-medical aspects of your cancer care.
The cancer liaison at Piedmont Augusta Hospital is a licensed master social work and certified oncology social worker who will provide you with emotional and practical support, guidance, and assistance through your cancer experience.
What does the cancer liaison help with?
- Coping with the emotions and changes that result from a diagnosis of cancer and its treatment
- Connecting people with support groups and peer support programs
- Addressing financial, insurance, disability and employment related concerns
- Finding caregiver support
- Making referrals to community resources
- Exploring options for cancer-related transportation and temporary housing
You may want to speak with the cancer liaison if you have questions or concerns about:
- Feeling stressed and overwhelmed
- Adjusting to life with a diagnosis
- Not having the support you need
- the financial impact of your illness/treatment
- intimacy, sexuality and relationships
- talking to your children about your diagnosis
- How you will get to and afford treatment
Cancer Liaison services are free, can be provided in person or over the phone, and do not require a referral from a physician or medical team.
If you have an issue you would like to discuss, call 706-774-4141 and ask to meet with the cancer liaison.
Meet the Cancer Liaison
Steffany Epps, MSW, LMSW, OSW-C
Steffany has been a licensed social worker for four years and has worked in the oncology field for two years. She most recently obtained the title of Oncology Social Worker-Certified and is dedicated to her field. As the cancer liaison, she serves all patients with a cancer diagnosis. Steffany enjoys working with patients and their families to break down the barriers that prevent them from receiving the adequate care they need. She is passionate about helping her patients through this difficult time in their lives. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Valdosta State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia.