Ask an Oncology Counselor

This Internet support initiative was suggested by the Coordinators of Cancer Support Programs at The Cancer Center of Cooperman Barnabas. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center offers a range of ongoing, free support groups, individual and group counseling sessions, and other educational workshops. They have recognized that in today’s demanding work and home environments, access via computer might provide another opportunity to utilize these support services.

Beginning in 2002, patients and their families have the option to have a thoughtful e-mail dialogue with a mental health professional who specializes in the psychological and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis.

Do you sometimes....

  • .....wish there was someone you could talk to about what you’re going through?
  • .....worry about what you should tell your children or other close relatives?
  • .....feel like your life isn’t “normal” anymore?
  • .....think that friends or colleagues are treating you differently?
  • .....feel incredibly tired?
  • .....worry because communication with your significant other has become difficult?
  • .....wonder… “Why me?”

These and many other thoughts and/or feelings are common. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is committed to treating the whole person and provides Ask an Oncology Counselor, as well as its other counseling and educational programs, to support those individuals whose lives have been affected by cancer. Our goal is to help individuals feel as empowered as possible. Please click below to direct your concerns to an Oncology Counselor.

  • Clinical or medical inquiries cannot be answered and should be directed to your physician.
  • Most messages will be answered within 24 hours. Communications sent on the weekend will be answered on the following Monday.
  • Any individual experiencing a true medical emergency or emotional crisis should go directly to the Emergency Department. The Cooperman Barnabas Emergency Department may be reached at (973) 322-5180.

Angela McCabe, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C.

Director of Patient and Family Services, Oncology Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health

Angela received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, New York City. She has more than 34 years of professional experience in oncology counseling and psychotherapy. Angela came to Cooperman Barnabas in 1996 from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, also in New York City, where she held clinical, supervisory and administrative positions. She has authored numerous publications and is the recipient of prestigious health care and social work awards. She is board certified in Oncology Social Work.

At The Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Angela is the Director of Patient and Family Services. She oversees the Psychosocial Support Program, Oncology Navigation, Genetic Counseling and Cancer Wellness Services. She is a member of the leadership council for Essex Passaic Wellness Coalition and the ACS Colorectal Taskforce. Angela is co-chair of the Oncology Patient Family Advisory Council and is co-chair of the Outpatient Perception of Care committee. She is a member of the RWJBarnabas Health Women’s Leadership Alliance. Angela is committed to providing exceptional psychosocial care to our patients, their loved ones and the community.

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