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Effects of Parental Cancer on Children and Adolescents

Cancer is a chronic and sometimes terminal illness that impacts the person physically, emotionally and often financially. Time becomes a commodity, and the fragility of life becomes salient, often accompanied by an increase in humility and gratitude. Life often gets turned upside down; familial roles might change and a family … (read full article)

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“Triaging” Cancer and Behavioral Health Concerns

This week, Real World Health Care shines a spotlight on Triage Cancer, a national, non-profit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers, through events, materials and resources.  We spoke with Joanna L. Morales, Esq., CEO of Triage … (read full article)

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer

This week, Real World Health Care focuses on the special behavioral health issues that can impact teens and young adults with cancer. We are delighted to share information on this topic from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and to feature insights from Tammy A. Schuler, PhD, a Licensed … (read full article)

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Strength In Numbers: How Peer Support Empowers Those Coping with Cancer

Online peer support groups are growing and it’s easy to see why. Peer support groups offer those dealing with a difficult diagnosis such as cancer, the chance to find empowerment, support and guidance from other members who are going through a similar situation. Inspire, which is an online patient-driven community, … (read full article)

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Childhood Cancer: Financial Distress Hits Families Hard

This week, Real World Health Care focuses on emotional stress associated with childhood cancer. We hear from Jessica Cook, MSW, Patient & Family Services Coordinator for the National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), about the services NCCS offers to help patients’ families cope with the disease’s devastating financial toll. Supporting Families … (read full article)

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Biopsychosocial Care Vital to Well-Being of Cancer Patients

This week, Real World Health Care brings you an interview with Jon Levenson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, and member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Levenson spoke about some of the challenges facing psychiatrists and integrated health teams when caring … (read full article)

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Community Cancer Practices Tackle Behavioral Health Concerns

This week, Real World Health Care brings you an interview with Robert “Bo” Gamble, director of strategic practice initiatives, Community Oncology Alliance (COA). COA is the only organization dedicated solely to community oncology, where the majority of Americans with cancer are treated. We discussed the importance of allowing cancer patients … (read full article)

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Oncology Distress Screening: Integral to Patient-Centered Care

Oncology professionals and organizations around the world have come to realize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer can evoke significant levels of distress for cancer patients and their families. The Institute of Medicine’s 2008 report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, called attention to the importance … (read full article)

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Oncology Social Workers Play Important Role in Cancer Care

Real World Health Care is delighted to shine a spotlight on the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) and its Patient Centered Research Collaborative for Psychosocial Oncology (PCRC). We spoke with the PCRC’s Project Lead, Bradley Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH, FAPOS. Dr. Zebrack is Professor at the University of Michigan … (read full article)

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Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer

This week, Real World Health Care brings you an interview with Lori Wiener, PhD, DCSW, LCSW-C, Co-Director, Behavioral Health Core and Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program, Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. We asked Dr. Wiener to talk about psychosocial problems facing children with cancer … (read full article)