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BERLIN—The field of oncology has come a long way in improving communication between healthcare providers and their patients with cancer—that is, unless the patient happens to be an adolescent.

From diagnosis through treatment, profound deficits still remain in the care of this age group, according to several presentations at the Joint Congress of the European Cancer Organisation and European Society for Medical Oncology.

Interventions targeted to family caregivers of patients with cancer have modest but significant positive effects on coping ability and other caregiver outcomes, a new meta-analysis indicates.
 
Helen H. Miller, LCSW, recently assumed the position of chief executive officer of ;CancerCareThe Oncology Nurse spoke with Ms Miller about the role of CancerCare in helping patients and their significant others cope with the practical and emotional challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer.

Carolyn Messner, DSW, MSW, LCSW-R, BCD, has been an oncology social worker for 30 years. She is currently director of education and training for CancerCare, professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and president of the Association of Oncology Social Work. In this interview, Dr Messner identifies the most common emotional and practical issues experienced by patients with cancer, cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers and discusses how nurses and social workers can work together to provide support and counseling.


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