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Oncology Social Worker joins Baystate Regional Cancer Program at BMLH

November 01, 2010

Camille St. Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker, has joined the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, providing counseling for patients and their families through all phases of their cancer care. 


A graduate of University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, St. Onge earned her Master’s degree at Smith College School for Social Work in 1991.  She's worked in psychiatric acute care, community care and long-term care settings addressing the emotional needs of her clients.


A native of Ware, with close family ties to the community, St Onge looks forward to providing care in the region she knows and loves.  “A diagnosis of cancer can bring many types of challenges and can affect each person in a different way,” said St. Onge.  “I look forward to working closely with the dedicated Oncology Team at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital as together we address the medical, emotional and social needs of our patients as we provide expert cancer care, close to home.” 


“For people diagnosed with cancer, an oncology social worker is an important member of the health care team,” said Donald Higby, MD, Oncologist at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  “Meeting the psychosocial needs of our patients and their families is vital to providing quality care.  We are fortunate to have someone with Camille’s background on our staff,” notes Dr. Higby.  “Camille will help our patients obtain information and resources often needed during a cancer diagnosis, including social security and disability benefits, insurance coverage for drugs and other treatments, as well as other social issues that ultimately help to improve quality of life, manage fears, and find hope for our patients,” notes Dr. Higby. 


In addition to providing individual counseling specifically tailored to meet each patient’s needs,St. Onge will facilitate support groups which have long been established at the hospital.   "I look forward to learning from each patient what helps them through their illnesses, where they find their strength, and helping to guide them each step of the way through their process,” said St. Onge.


To renew meaning and tradition in her own life, St. Onge enjoys traveling, being with her family community service projects.  She is especially committed to walking in the Relay for Life and helping veterans and their families through the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ware VFW Post #2577.


Baystate Mary Lane Hospital’s Oncology service is part of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, which combines state-of-the-art treatments with personal, individually tailored plans of care. For more information, call 413-967-2241.