Oncology Social Work for Survivorship

  • Patricia Fobair


The cancer survivorship movement became part of the American scene in the 1980s with cancer patients and a physician survivor leading the way.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Cancer survivorship became a force as a result of medicine’s focus on finding solutions to the problems of cancer following World War II. These solutions included the success of chemotherapy treatment in the 1960s, research into late effects and psychosocial research following cancer treatment (1970s), and the patient activist movement beginning in the 1980s. Oncology social workers have played a major role, being on the scene since the early days, delivering supportive services to cancer survivors, participating as team members in psychosocial research, and serving as members and leaders in survivorship organizations.6 This chapter examines survivorship from the perspective of a cancer survivor and oncology social worker, one who enjoys both clinical work and research.


Breast Cancer Cancer Survivor Body Image Clin Oncol Bone Marrow Transplant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia Fobair
    • 1
  1. 1.Supportive Program, Cancer CenterStanford University HospitalStanfordUSA

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