Biography & Education

Most patients are unprepared to receive the news that they have cancer. Often, it takes time to integrate the diagnosis while having to make treatment decisions, address family concerns, and deal with work or financial issues at the same time. My commitment to you, as an oncology social worker, is to ease the process as much as possible, by providing you and your family with support, counsel and resource information.

I have been a medical/oncology social worker for over 25 years and have experience working with patients and their families in the acute care setting of the hospital, outpatient services and at end of life, through hospice. Most people are unaware of the services and resources that can make a difference in dealing with the cancer. Please call and let us help you through it.
Areas of Expertise

Cancer counseling; Grief and loss; Hospice/End-of-life care; Interpersonal eurobiology; Patient advocacy; Psychosocial oncology

Bachelor of science, Portland State University, 1979
Master of social work, Portland State University, 1983
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Care Locations

Ruth J. Spear Breast Center Cancer Support Services
9205 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
Phone 503-216-4676