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Social work support in settings of crisis 

Social work support in settings of crisis

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Social work support in settings of crisis
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Carrie Lethborg

and Grace H. Christ

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0045
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date: 26 June 2017

Social work has a long history of providing support to people living with cancer and their families. The overall objective of the social worker in this setting is to support and equip the patient and those close to them to navigate and adjust to the impact of the disease on their lives. The social work perspective views living with cancer as an experience accompanied by a series of challenges as treatment decisions are made, side effects are endured, and relationships strained. For most patients, these challenges are managed with support from loved ones and their healthcare team. However, any one of these difficulties can develop into a crisis or a situation where customary methods of coping do not work and the person living with the disease feels overwhelmed. The focus of this chapter will be on the social work role during the crisis periods of the cancer experience.

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