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Work and Cancer Survivors

Feuerstein, Michael

2011, XXIII, 350p.

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  • Cancer survivorship and work is a burgeoning area of research as an increasing number of cancer patients are surviving for the long term. Eighty percent of cancer survivors return to work
  • First authoritative and interdisciplinary compilation of chapters written by experts to help move research and practice forward in the important area of work and cancer survivorship
  • An edited volume with contributions by international leaders in public health, public policy, epidemiology, economics, family medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and ergonomics
Work and Cancer Survivors

Edited by Michael Feuerstein, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland

Cancer survivors are returning to the workplace in higher numbers than ever before. This is a positive outcome of the "war on cancer", however, many of these cancer survivors face the possibility of illness- or treatment-related complications; employer discrimination or harassment; and other serious concerns. Work and Cancer Survivors reviews many of the issues relevant to cancer survivors in the workplace from the survivors’, employers’, and global perspectives. This interdisciplinary volume brings together experts in fields as varied as epidemiology, economics, rehabilitation, psychology, ergonomics, law and public policy to create a unique, up-to-date reference of what is currently known and what needs to be considered in the future. With this knowledge, challenges faced by this growing population can be better addressed by health care providers, employers, survivors and their families.

Among the topics covered:

  • The significance of work for survivors.
  • Economic burden.
  • Factors affecting work, including pain, fatigue, and cognitive limitations.
  • Primary and occupational health care approaches, rehabilitation, and workplace accommodation.
  • Legal and policy issues.
  • Work concerns specific to young cancer survivors.
  • International efforts and Policy development.

In addition to its value to researchers and clinicians working with cancer survivors, the book has immediate salience to professionals and students in behavioral medicine and health psychology, psychiatry, public health, physical and occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation and social work. As treatment outcomes improve and the workforce continues to age, the information in Work and Cancer Survivors will only gain in relevance.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » ergonomics - oncology - rehabilitation - reintegration - survivor - worker productivity - workplace - workplace accomodation

Related subjects » Labor Economics - Medicine - Oncology & Hematology - Population Studies - Public Health

Table of contents 

Section I Introduction

Chapter 1 Work in cancer survivors

Section II Epidemiology

Chapter 2 Descriptive epidemiology of return to work and work limitations: Prevalence and patterns among various cancer types

Chapter 3 Qualitative studies of work in cancer survivors

Chapter 4 Factors impacting work

Chapter 5. Burden of work: Economic analyses

Section III Models

Chapter 6 Models of work and cancer survivors

Section IV Measurement

Chapter 8 Methods used to measure work productivity in chronic illness

Section V Management

Focus on survivor

Chapter 10 Assessment of factors associated with work: Clinic and Workplace

Chapter 11 Medical management

Chapter 12 Physical therapy and exercise

Chapter 13 Biobehavioral management

Focus on workplace

Chapter 15: Employer concerns

Chapter 16 Workplace accommodation and ergonomics

Chapter 17 Legal and policy matters

Section VI Future Directions

Chapter 18. Research, Clinical and Policy Needs

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