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Academy Workshop 13: An Active Approach to Self-management and Work-related Issues in Cancer Survivorship - Supported by the European School for Oncology and the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes
Tuesday, 5 November 2013, 08:00 - 12:00
Leeuwen Room I

Speakers: Anja Mehnert and Kevin Stein

This workshop provides an overview of issues related to the consequences of cancer and cancer treatment such as physical and psychological well-being, partnership and family factors, and social roles. Particular emphasis will be placed on work and employment related issues among cancer survivors including aspects of modifiable risk factors, long term problems in affected workers, and job satisfaction. Current theoretical models of the relationship between demographic, cancer and treatment-related as well as psychosocial factors on employment are presented and discussed. In addition, lifestyle and behavioral interventions, including a web-based adaptation of a chronic disease self-management intervention for cancer survivors, will be described and discussed. Skills addressed include problem-solving, decision making, finding and utilizing resources, managing relationships with health care providers, and taking action. These skills are especially important for cancer survivors transitioning out of treatment who must participate in routine oncology visits, understand the signs and symptoms of disease recurrence, manage the long-term and late effects of cancer and its treatment, re-establish normal social roles, and deal with residual psychological distress. Thus, the workshop will introduce models of counseling and decision-making to assist cancer patients in coping with difficult situations during survivorship. Models of comprehensive survivorship care programs are provided and discussed. 

Target Audience: Researchers and clinicians interested in improving their knowledge and skills in providing survivorship care programs. Suitable for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, oncologists, general practitioners, and counselors.

Chair: Anja Mehnert PhD, Hamburg, Germany and Kevin Stein PhD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA