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Moving On When Treatment Ends

by Diane Townsend, MSW, Department of Social Service, Adult Sites McGill University Health Centre

Now that your treatment has ended, you may find yourself flooded with a range of emotions from relief and joy to guilt, fear and anxiety. You may experience all these feelings at the same time. This is normal as each individual’s experience is unique to them. Life after cancer involves many physical and emotional changes as you adjust to a “new normal” way of life. You may find that different things are more important to you now as your priorities may have changed after having cancer. Some people may wish to return to their jobs soon after completing treatment in order to feel that they are resuming the way of life they had before the cancer diagnosis. Others may wish to not return to work right away, preferring to take some time to rest and reflect on how they wish to spend their time. Family, friends and colleagues may not understand that you will likely not be able to immediately “bounce back” to former routines and activities, as you may continue to experience fatigue and temporary cognitive changes during your recovery.

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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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