Oncology social workers are licensed professionals trained in helping people cope with a cancer diagnosis.

They provide counseling, guidance and education about various topics such as:

  • Managing emotions
  • Talking with your loved ones, including children, about your diagnosis and treatment
  • Caregiving needs
  • The importance of completing an advance directive and sharing your medical decisions with your loved ones, regardless of your type or stage of cancer
  • Palliative Care
  • Coping with a diagnosis of advanced cancer
  • Understanding and accessing disability benefits and health insurance
  • Employment related concerns such as FMLA and The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Finding community resources which may be helpful to you

Please let us know if you would like to speak with our social worker, Michelle. You may also call her directly at 302.366.1200 ext. 281.


Michelle W. Bailiff, LCSW, OSW-C

Professional Education:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Art Sociology 1993
  • University of Pittsburgh, Master of Social Work 1995

Licensure and Certification:

  • Delaware Clinical Social Work License
  • Pennsylvania Clinical Social Work License
  • Oncology Social Work Certification


  • Association of Oncology Social Work
  • National Association of Social Worker

If you have Medicare and DO NOT have a supplement/secondary insurance then you may want to check with your state’s social services to see if you qualify for help with paying your part B premium, paying 20% of charges and/or the cost of medications.

Cecil County, Maryland
Cecil County DSS

Elkton District Cout/Multi Service Building
170 East Main Street
Elkton, Maryland 21921
Phone: 410-996-0100 Fax: 410-996-0464
Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm

Salem County, New Jersey
Salem County Board of Social Services

147 South Virginia Avenue
Pennsgrove, NJ 08069
Phone: 856-799-7200 Fax: 856-351-0432
Hours: 8 am – 4 pm

Chester County, Pennsylvania
Chester County Assistance Office

100 James Buchanan Drive
Thorndale, PA 19372
Phone: 610-466-1000 Fax: 610-466-1130
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm

Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Delaware County Assistance Office

701 Crosby Street, Suite A
Chester, PA 19013
Phone: 610-447-5500 Fax: 610-447-5399
Hours: 8 am – 5 pm