Social Services

Oncology social workers provide counseling and other services that may help reduce stress for you and your family throughout all phases of your cancer.

Cancer treatment can be very expensive and very complex. I sit down with patients, talk and find ways to work through it all.  

Peggy Jarrell,

We can help you:

  • Access information to help you understand your diagnosis and treatments
  • Consider decisions about treatment options as you think about your work, family and other things in your life
  • Understand insurance coverage as well as disability and social security benefits
  • Apply for programs that offer financial assistance

We offer:

  • Counseling for you and your family members
  • Support groups and educational programs
  • Workplace and school education and consultation

We can teach you about:

  • Talking with your children, family, friends or co-workers
  • Reducing stress and relaxation skills
  • Living with cancer, issues commonly experience and resources to help you long term
  • Planning for your care and the use of advance directives

We can help you access:

  • Affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage
  • Transportation to and from medical care
  • Referrals for help at home

As part of our Social Services program, we offer the Young Adult Survivors Group to cancer survivors ages 18-45. For more information about the Young Adult Survivors Group, contact Colleen at (402) 354-5893.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (402) 354-4282.

Our Providers

Colleen Hoarty, LCSW

Colleen is the newest social worker at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. Colleen has worked as a social worker for nearly 20 years in a variety of settings, with many different patient populations including geriatrics, immigrants and hospice. She enjoys working in healthcare as part of a multi-disciplinary team and feels privileged to be working in oncology with the opportunity to connect with patients and families.

Peggy Jarrell, LCSW, OSW-C

Peggy Jarrell has worked in medical and oncology social work for almost 30 years. Peggy is well versed in issues that can impact survivors’ lives from the time of diagnosis to post-treatment and works hard to see each person’s unique situation and provide information and resources that are specific to their individual needs. She wants all patients and families to have information about support resources that may help them better cope with the challenges of cancer care.