Cancer is often synonymous with fear, uncertainty, and death. A diagnosis of cancer begins a long journey that affects physical health, mental well-being, and relationships with loved ones. Although cancer care today often provides advanced medical treatment, psychosocial issues may not be adequately addressed (Artherholt & Fann, 2012). This failure may compromise the effectiveness of overall cancer management.
Oncology social workers play an integral role in cancer care in multiple settings. It is common for oncology social workers to engage in individual, family, and group intervention. In addition to providing direct patient care, oncology social workers provide valuable public health interventions, such as health education programs and policymaking.