Cancer is often synonymous with fear, uncertainty, and death. A diagnosis of cancer begins a long journey that affects physical health, mental well-being, and relationships with loved ones. Although cancer care today often provides advanced medical treatment, psychosocial issues may not be adequately addressed (Artherholt & Fann, 2012). This failure may compromise the effectiveness of overall cancer management.
Oncology social workers play an integral role in cancer care in multiple settings. It is common for oncology social workers to engage in individual, family, and group intervention. In addition to providing direct patient care, oncology social workers provide valuable public health interventions, such as health education programs and policymaking.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review this week’s resources. Select one of the many different types of cancer and think about the overall impact of the disease. Consider the psychosocial effects of cancer. How might cancer affect the health and well-being of an individual and caregivers?
Post an explanation of how this type of cancer might affect the health and well-being of the patient and caregivers. Explain the psychosocial effects of cancer on the patient and caregivers. Explain how psychosocial factors might impact a treatment care plan and the management of the disease. Finally, explain how you might address the psychosocial needs of a cancer patient and caregiver.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources and the current literature using appropriate APA format and style.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
- Expand on your post regarding the psychosocial effects of cancer on patients and caregivers by providing a different perspective.
- Suggest different ways you might address the psychosocial needs of a cancer patient.