Gregory D. Garber MSW, LCSW
Administrative Director, Division of Supportive Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Health
- Member, LBBC Medical Advisory Board
- Speaker, 2023 Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer
- 20 years of experience as an oncology social worker
- Lecturer and instructor on psycho-oncology for both patients and healthcare professionals
Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW, is the administrative director of the Division of Supportive Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson Health. In that role he manages all patient-facing programs and services including patient education and support programming, clinical nutrition support, social work services, and numerous initiatives to better understand and address cancer disparities as they relate to health literacy, digital literacy, access, transportation, cancer screening and prevention. Greg has lectured and taught on local regional and national levels on issues related to psychosocial aspects of cancer care and have presented at numerous national conferences including ASCO, APOS, AOSW, APHA.
Greg is engaged in ongoing research related to delivery of supportive medicine and survivorship programming, shared decision-making, digital and health literacy, medical marijuana in oncology populations and lung cancer screening in underserved populations. Greg has extensive experience implementing supportive services for patients with cancer throughout their care trajectory. Additionally, Greg co-directs SKCC’s patient and family advisory council.
Many people affected by breast cancer have anxiety at some point. Having anxiety means feeling worried, scared, or nervous about things that happen or may happen in life. It’s completely natural to feel anxious about a cancer diagnosis.
In the days immediately following a breast cancer diagnosis, lots of different emotions can come up, and some of them can feel intense — fear, sadness, anger, and numbness are all normal and expected responses to an abnormal situation. No matter what kinds of emotions you’re experiencing, remember that your emotions are valid.
Caregiving: Supporting loved ones and yourself
LBBC spoke to Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW, about what it means to be a caregiver and how to be most helpful in providing care and support for a loved one — including taking care of your own needs.
How ending treatment may impact your emotions
When initial treatment ends, you and your caregivers may feel relief that you’ve made it through all the appointments, medicines, and physical demands of breast cancer. You might also feel adrift or lost because you’re not seeing your providers as often.
Seeing a professional
Talking with a professional who understands the emotional impact of breast cancer can help at any time. Look for someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to.