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How Do The Online Illness Narratives Of People Living With Advanced-State Cancer Inform Clinical Social Work Practice With This Population?, Jenny B. Grabelsky, Jenny B. Leitson-Grabelsky Jan 2015

How Do The Online Illness Narratives Of People Living With Advanced-State Cancer Inform Clinical Social Work Practice With This Population?, Jenny B. Grabelsky, Jenny B. Leitson-Grabelsky

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This exploratory-descriptive study set out to identify the unmet needs of people living with advanced cancer, and how those needs might be addressed by clinical social workers. To this end, the previous literature on this topic was reviewed, and the online illness narratives of ten people living with advanced cancer were examined. The narratives, which portrayed the lived experiences of the population at the heart of this study, were then compared and contrasted with previous research findings to identify areas of need that have not been mentioned in the literature and/or require additional attention and resources. The existing literature ...


Clinicians' Understanding And Perception Of Coping Behaviors And Cultural Differences In Families Dealing With A Childhood Cancer Diagnosis : A Project Based Upon An Independent Investigation, Kara J. Rule Sep 2010

Clinicians' Understanding And Perception Of Coping Behaviors And Cultural Differences In Families Dealing With A Childhood Cancer Diagnosis : A Project Based Upon An Independent Investigation, Kara J. Rule

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This research provides insight into social workers' understanding and perceptions of coping behaviors in families faced with a pediatric cancer diagnosis. The three research questions that guided this study were: (1) Do clinicians observe/perceive cultural distinctions in coping behaviors among families dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis? (2) How does a clinician's own culture impact his or her assessments of a family's coping abilities? and (3) How can clinicians gain better cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in working with diverse populations? Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 social workers who were working in pediatric oncology centers across ...


Living In A Context Of New Knowledge : An Exploration Of The Experience Of Young Adults Transitioning From Cancer Patient To Survivor, Zpora Ruth Perry Aug 2009

Living In A Context Of New Knowledge : An Exploration Of The Experience Of Young Adults Transitioning From Cancer Patient To Survivor, Zpora Ruth Perry

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This is a qualitative study exploring the experience of young adults diagnosed with cancer as they transition from active treatment to full-time survivorship. The question on which this study is based is: What was this transition like logistically, emotionally, and relationally for those who have gone through it, in particular for young adults? This study was undertaken to identify if this was a significant transition and what support is needed through the process; implications for social work practice are included. One-on-one interviews were conducted with twelve participants who were between the ages of 18 and 35, within two years of ...


The Effects Of Oncology Social Workers Involvement On Cancer Patients' Decisions About End-Of-Life Care, Amy Y. Kwan Aug 2009

The Effects Of Oncology Social Workers Involvement On Cancer Patients' Decisions About End-Of-Life Care, Amy Y. Kwan

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The purpose of this study is to explore oncology social workers' level of involvement with cancer patients in a hospital setting and the effects this involvement might have on cancer patients' end-of-life care decisions. Ten oncology social workers were recruited through a snowball sampling process. They completed demographic questionnaires and participated in semi-structured interviews. The narrative data was studied for prominent themes using thematic analysis. The findings underscored the importance of early social workers' involvement with cancer patients to provide guidance, support, and address emotional aspects of their cancer experiences. This study also notes that each cancer type follows a ...


The Marathon Of Life : An Exploratory Study Of Female Cancer Survivors' Experiences With Training For And Participating In A Marathon After Their Cancer Diagnosis, Elizabeth Mary Donahue Aug 2009

The Marathon Of Life : An Exploratory Study Of Female Cancer Survivors' Experiences With Training For And Participating In A Marathon After Their Cancer Diagnosis, Elizabeth Mary Donahue

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This study explored the experiences of female cancer survivors who have trained for and participated in a marathon after their cancer diagnosis. More specifically, the research focused on women's motivation for choosing to participate in a marathon, their experience with training and participating in their first post-cancer marathon, and the ways in which their marathon experience impacted their recovery process. Further, this study investigated whether women felt they had lost a sense of control during their diagnosis and treatment and if training for and participating in a marathon allowed them to regain a sense of control that had been ...