Vocational integration in cancer rehabilitation

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In cancer rehabilitation, influencing the illness is less of an issue than the reduction of subsequent problems caused by tumours and therapies. Negative effects on patients’ professional lives are additional elements in rehabilitation apart from somatic, psychological and social problems (Gobelet, 2005). Assistance designed to promote vocational integration is thus part and parcel of the tasks involved in oncological rehabilitation (Delbrück, 1998; Delbrück, 2003). Vocational inactivity not only means financial and existential disadvantages for those concerned as well as for society, but also involves a risk of social isolation and a reduction in self-esteem. In short, it leads to a reduction in the quality of life (Maunsell et al., 1999).


Vocational Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Measure Vocational Activity Cancer Rehabilitation Mediastinal Irradiation 
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