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The Role of Social Workers in the Field of Oncology


by Dina Szynkarsky, MSW
Department of Social Service, Adult Sites
McGill University Health Centre


In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that by 2020, cancer rates could continue to increase by 50% to 15 million new cases. Research (Davis, 2009) has indicated that the assistance of a multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, psychologists, and physiotherapists is necessary for patients to have the best chances of coping well with diagnosis and treatment as well. Equally important is the support that patients receive in the phase called “life after cancer”.

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