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Social Work

A diagnosis of cancer can affect many areas of your life, causing you to feel overwhelmed. You have a helping hand at Minnesota Oncology to help you access various non-medical services throughout your treatment journey. Our social workers are here for you and your family.

Learn about our telehealth option for social work appointments, Caring Face-2-Face.

Some of the social services our team can help you with are:

  • Transportation resources to clinic appointments
  • American Cancer Society services
  • Time and location of support groups
  • Upcoming community events and programs
  • Referrals to homemaking and home care services
  • Referrals for non-medical financial assistance during treatment
  • Social Security Disability (SSD)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Assisted Living and Nursing Home Placement
  • Hospice Care
  • Provide educational materials and brochures
  • Healthcare directives
  • Wig/hair loss information and resources
  • Help with communication and coping issues

Social workers

Lisa Thelemann, LSW
  • Burnsville
  • Maplewood
  • St. Paul Cancer Center
(651) 251-5515

Nicole Reitsma, LICSW

  • Coon Rapids
  • Fridley
  • Minneapolis
  • Plymouth

(612) 219-0707

Kimberly Odden, BSW

  • Chaska
  • Edina
  • Waconia
  • Woodbury

(612) 357-2972

Please don’t hesitate to call. We will help you find the answers you need.