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Work and Cancer Survivors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Defining the Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Neary
      Pages 3-23
    3. Richard J. Butler, William G. Johnson, Timothy Gubler
      Pages 25-71
    4. Ziv Amir, David R. Strauser, Fong Chan
      Pages 73-89
  3. Fundamentals of Work and Chronic Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
  4. Factors Affecting Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Guy Maytal, John Peteet
      Pages 105-119
    3. Mary E. Sesto, Maureen J. Simmonds
      Pages 123-145
    4. Tracy Veramonti, Christina Meyers
      Pages 147-162
    5. Angela de Boer, Jos Verbeek, Frank van Dijk
      Pages 163-188
  5. Primary and Secondary Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Jos Verbeek, Angela de Boer, Taina Taskila
      Pages 191-209
    3. Michael J.L. Sullivan, Maureen Simmonds, David Butler, Shirin Shalliwani, Mahnaz Hamidzadeh
      Pages 211-232
    4. Fong Chan, Elizabeth da Silva (Cardoso), Jana Copeland, Robin Jones, Robert T. Fraser
      Pages 233-254
    5. Peter Blanck, William N. Myhill, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, Joanna Morales, Paula Pearlman
      Pages 255-276
  6. Global View

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Patricia Findley, Catherine P. Wilson
      Pages 279-313
  7. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315

About this book


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.


ergonomics oncology rehabilitation reintegration survivor worker productivity workplace workplace accomodation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA

About the authors

Michael Feuerstein, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Health in the Departments of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. He is also Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at that institution. In addition, he is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Behavioral Medicine, at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Dr. Feuerstein is editor-in-chief of Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation and Journal of Cancer Survivorship, as well as editor of Handbook of Cancer Survivorship. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Association for Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, the International Association for the Study of Pain, and the New York Academy of Sciences.

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