Temporary Changes to Services and Visitation Policy:

Ask an Oncology Counselor

This Internet support initiative was suggested by the Coordinators of Cancer Support Programs at The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas. Saint 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. Saint 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 Saint Barnabas Emergency Department may be reached at (973) 322-5180.

Angela McCabe, L.C.S.W., O.S.W.-C.

Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach

Angela McCabe received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, New York City. She has more than 28 years of professional experience in oncology counseling and psychotherapy. Angela came to Saint Barnabas 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.

At The Cancer Center of Saint Barnabas, Angela provides psychosocial assessments, conducts short-term psychotherapy, provides crisis intervention, facilitates support groups and oversees a host of community outreach efforts. She is on the editorial board of the Center’s biannual newsletter, Horizons. Angela was awarded board certification in oncology social work in 2003. Angela may be reached at (973) 322-2668.

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