Dr. Michael Wong is professor of medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also sits on the advisory board of CancerCare’s Patient Values Initiative, a program of work designed to make sure that patients’ values and priorities are incorporated into treatment decision-making. Here he shares his thoughts on how we can ensure patient preferences are built into treatment programs and what care teams can be doing right now to make a difference.
Amy Berman is a senior program officer with The John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults, as well as an author, blogger and patient advocate living with Stage IV breast cancer. She is a member of CancerCare’s Patient Values Initiatives advisory board, helping to make sure that patients’ values and priorities are incorporated intro treatment decision-making. Here Amy reveals why she chose palliative care over curative treatments and discusses the challenges to integrating patient preferences into cancer treatment planning.
Each academic year, CancerCare welcomes students for a second-year field placement, who have an interest in the field of oncology social work. The internship program offers students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer on a person’s life. As part of National Social Work Month, we asked our current interns what skills they have gained while interning at CancerCare and what their favorite part of interning here was.
March is Social Work Month! This is Part V of our “Celebrating Social Workers” Blog Series. CancerCare’s Social Worker, Lauren Chatalian, LMSW, shares her thoughts on the importance of oncology social workers for people living with cancer.
March is Social Work Month! CancerCare’s Director of Clinical Programs, William Goeren, OSW-C, LCSW-R, shares his thoughts on the importance of oncology social workers for LGBT individuals affect by cancer.
March is Social Work Month! This is Part I of our “Celebrating Social Workers” Blog Series. CancerCare’s Clinical Supervisor, Sarah Kelly, LCSW, shares her thoughts on the importance of oncology social workers for older adults affected by cancer.
For nearly a decade, the most distinguished minds in cancer care have advocated for shared decision-making — patients partnering with their clinicians to make informed decisions that are consistent with their needs, values, and preferences. Although widely perceived as the gold standard for decision-making, in cancer care it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
According to a recent survey conducted by CancerCare, 70 percent of patients have experienced financial hardship from cancer-related expenses.
Richard Dickens, Director of Client Advocacy, Receives 2017 AOSW Leadership Award in Oncology Social Work
Richard Dickens, LCSW-R, director of client advocacy at CancerCare, recently received the 2017 AOSW Leadership Award in Oncology Social Work.
CancerCare launches a Patient Values Initiative and initial white paper to reinforce the need for cancer patients to be involved in treatment decisions and care plans.