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Tricia Matteson, MSW, LSWAIC

Tricia Matteson, MSW, LSWAIC

Oncology Social Worker

Tricia is an oncology social worker at the Swedish Cancer Institute at Swedish/Issaquah. A self-described “science nerd”, she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Medical Technology, ultimately returning to school to pursue a master’s degree in social work. She has been at Swedish since 2008. Tricia works with patients and their family members to define and address treatment goals and concerns, provide a connection to support groups, address financial issues, and act as a resource guide throughout the cancer treatment experience. Outside of work, Tricia’s passions include her book club, international travel, and big loud family gatherings.

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Oncology social workers help patients with cancer

“What happens if my insurance won’t pay for all of this treatment?”
“How do I tell my young daughter about my cancer?”
“My spouse is really struggling, but I don’t know how to help him.” 
“How will I get to radiation every day if I can’t drive?”
“My friends and family call a lot, but I don’t feel like talking to them”
“I’m scared.”   “I’m angry”   “I’m sad”    “I’m confused”
“What’s a power of attorney…and do I need one?”
“Where can I find out about a support group? ”
“I wish I knew where to turn.”

If you are faced with a diagnosis of cancer, you may be asking similar questions and wondering where to turn for answers.  A good place to start is with an oncology social worker.  Oncology social workers assist with the non-medical issues that often arise when someone is diagnosed with cancer.  We have master’s degrees in social work, and are specially trained to provide counseling and assistance with services that can reduce stress for you and your family through all phases of your cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Social work services are available at the Swedish Cancer Institute at our First Hill, Edmonds, and Issaquah campuses, and are provided at no cost to our patients. 

We can help you:

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