The Meaning of Work

  • Guy Maytal
  • John Peteet

Work is one of the central organizing structures of adult life. The significance of a cancer diagnosis to work life has been radically altered during the past half-century. Driven by innovations in diagnosis and treatment, individuals diagnosed with cancer are living longer, better-quality lives. For example, in 1960, 25% of adults diagnosed with cancer survived five years, while in 2007, 65% of cancer patients lived for five years [1]. In the majority of cases, the notion of a cancer diagnosis has evolved from an almost certain death sentence to either a persistent/chronic condition or even a curable disease with some long-term sequellae. Furthermore, not only are more adults surviving cancer, but the generation of children treated for cancer in the 1970s and 1980s are now entering the workforce [1].


Cancer Survivor Work Disability Childhood Cancer Survivor Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Concern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Staff Psychiatrist on the Palliative Care TeamMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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