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Oncology and Palliative Social Work. Psychosocial Care for People Coping with Cancer

ISBN: 9780197607299
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Oncology and Palliative Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People Coping with Cancer illustrates the need for integrating early palliative care for patients with cancer and the important role social workers have in providing psychosocial support services across the cancer trajectory. There is a convergence of oncology and palliative social work specialties in the delivery of comprehensive, culturally-congruent, whole person cancer care. OPSW reflects the collective knowledge, skills, clinical experience and perspectives of a diverse group of interprofessional contributors, including best practices, emerging trends, and priorities in psychosocial oncology, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this evolving landscape.

The volume is divided into four sections, each with five to eight thematically connected chapters. Topics include: diagnosing and treating cancer; equity, racism, cultural competence, and cultural humility; social determinants of health; cancer care amid pandemics, disasters and other traumatic events; survivorship, integrative programs, lifestyle and rehabilitation; innovative models in palliative care in oncology; the future direction of psychosocial oncology and palliative care, including research; psychosocial aspects of cancer; pain, symptom, and side effect management; a novel collaborative care model for people living with severe mental illness; interprofessional spiritual care; informal cancer caregivers; palliative and hospice care at the end of life; loss, grief, and bereavement; underrepresented, underserved, and vulnerable populations; ethical and legal issues; professional development and sustainability; credentialing, certification, and continuing education; technology; social work leadership skills; interprofessional practice; international oncology and palliative social work; and, strategies for guiding best practices for the future.

  • Offers practical information for clinical practice
  • Provides excellent overviews of oncology social work practice and interprofessional collaboration
  • Includes oncology and palliative social work specific interventions


Preface Pairing Oncology and Palliative Social Work: Why Now?
Section I Perspectives in Oncology and Palliative Social Work
1 Overview of Diagnosing and Treating Cancer
2 The Changing Landscape of Cancer Treatment
3 Equity, Racism, Cultural Competence & Cultural Humility in Oncology Social Work Practice
4 Social Determinants of Health: Cancer-Related Health Disparities and Financial Toxicity
5 Unprecedented Challenges: Cancer Care Amid Pandemics, Disasters & Other Traumatic Events
6 Beyond Survival: Survivorship, Integrative Programs, Lifestyle and Rehabilitation
7 Innovative Models in Palliative Care in Oncology
Section II Clinical Issues & Interventions
8 Beyond Distress Screening: The Future of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
9 Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
10 Finding Comfort: Pain, Symptom, and Treatment-Related Toxicity Management
11 A Novel Collaborative Care Model for People with Cancer and Serious Mental Illness
12 Interprofessional Spiritual Care Along the Cancer Care Trajectory
13 The Burdens and Rewards of Informal Cancer Caregivers: Issues and Interventions
14 Palliative and Hospice Care at the End of Life: Walking Alongside Patients and Families
15 Grief, Loss, and Bereavement in Oncology and Palliative Care
Section III Population Highlights: Underrepresented, Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
16 The Older Person With Cancer
17 Cancer in Middle Age
18 Children, Teens, and Young Adults With Cancer
19 Palliative Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Persons Coping with Cancer
20 America’s Growing Multicultural and Diverse Populations: Implications for Oncology and Palliative Care
Section IV Professional Issues
21 Ethical and Legal Issues in Oncology and Palliative Social Work
22 Living & Working Through Pandemics, Disasters & Other Traumatic Events: Impact on Professionals
23 Professional Social Work Development and Sustainability
24 The Increasing Role of Credentialing, Certification and Continuing Education
25 How Technology Is Transforming Oncology and Palliative Care: Opportunities & Challenges
26 Leadership Development in Oncology and Palliative Social work
27 Creating Partnerships: Fostering Collaboration and Managing Conflict
28 Capturing the Contribution of International Oncology and Palliative Social Work
Epilogue Where Do We Go From Here? Future Directions