Carol Sherman has the life credentials and the clinical experience to benefit patients battling cancer. This rare combination makes her unique in her field.
Carol, a licensed clinical social worker, recently joined the team at the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Therapy & Research Center. She brings 40 years of experience to her new job.
She spent 20 years at two different hospice agencies in San Antonio, serving as a social worker. Prior to that, she worked as a medical lab technician for 20 years.
The Texas native from the small town of Prosper earned her Masters Degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she also received her bachelor’s degree.
During her life’s journey, she also was a caregiver for her first husband, who succumbed after a determined battle with the ravages of a disease he contracted after serving in Vietnam.
Those experiences have prepared Carol for her duties as social worker. “I know each patient needs a different amount of help,” she explains. “Some patients need more hand-holding than others.”
She responds to the patient’s individual needs, rather than adopting the same approach to everyone. Her listening and communications skills help her to ascertain how to best serve each patient.
Some need emotional support. Other patients may require financial assistance. There may be others who just need someone to help complete the insurance and other medical forms.