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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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Social work support in settings of crisis

Social work support in settings of crisis

(p.449) Chapter 38 Social work support in settings of crisis
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

Carrie Lethborg

Grace Christ

Oxford University Press

A diagnosis of cancer as a lived experience is universally stressful. Improvements in anti-cancer treatments and early detection programmes have meant that, cancer is a chronic illness for many. But the initial expectation for most patients is that cancer is life threatening. As a result, this disease provokes fear in many areas of patient's lives, such as fear of uncontrolled pain, isolation, loss of control and loss of self. Social work has a long history of providing support to cancer patients and their families. A therapeutic intervention cannot occur without the development of a relationship of understanding between the clinician and the client. Such a relationship, often formed in times of stress and with short time-lines, requires the use of effective and empathic communication and relational skills. This chapter focuses on the social work role during the crisis periods of the cancer experience. It describes a model that takes into account three broad aspects of a case: context, situation and meaning.

Keywords:   social work, cancer, cancer patients, crisis, context, situation, meaning, communication

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