Saint Louis University Cancer Center social workers are committed to the diverse needs of cancer patients, their families, friends and caregivers.

When might a social worker be helpful?

  • When you are newly diagnosed. Sometimes adjusting to a cancer diagnosis requires additional support.
  • When your diagnosis affects your ability to work or to care for yourself and your family, and you need to consider Social Security disability, leave from work or life stage planning.
  • When you or your family may be experiencing a lifestyle change due to your diagnosis, and you need to talk with someone.
  • When a loved one has recently died.
  • If you are a caregiver and you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and need some support to cope.
  • If you are interested in completing an advance directive (also known as a health care directive).
  • If your insurance company does not provide you with prescription coverage and you need financial assistance in paying for your medications.

Meet Our Social Worker:

Rebecca Dougherty, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who has been with the University and the Cancer Center since 2001. She received her MSW through the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and continued her training in mental health and health care. Her experience includes working with adults and their families on coping with the complexities in receiving cancer care, as well as how to blend your post-treatment life with your pre-treatment life. As a clinician, she is available to work individually or with families. 
To reach Rebecca, please contact or (314) 268-7019.

Oncology and Social Work Services Include:

Alternative Support Services at Saint Louis University Cancer Center 

  • Saint Louis University Cancer Center Psychologist
  • Dr. Lauren Schwarz - Department of Neurology and Psychiatry
  • Saint Louis University Cancer Center Pastoral Care Services
  • Saint Louis University Cancer Center Music Therapy Services
  • Saint Louis University Cancer Center Cancer Information Center
  • Weekly Yoga Classes