May 06, 2013 - 9:19 pm
Hi, I am 1yr post treatment for breast cancer (Secretory Carcinoma) a rare slow growing ca accounting for less than 1% of all bc. I was treated with a double mastectomy/anastrozole, and as of today doing well. Also 2yrs post treatment for stage3b anal ca, (surgery, chemo, rads).
I am back in college after 35yrs out and in the field of human services. A discussion came up about the lack of initial (early on) intervention from an oncology social worker when diagnosed with ca. In some areas it seems it is part of the treatment plan, but in many it is not. A social worker is often available but one would have to be pro-active in seeking this service on their own. Social work is a broad term but could offer emotional support along with a resource to financial, ins., transportation, housing, etc. concerns for patient and family.
I am wondering if many people here were offered these services early on as part of your treatment plan? If not do you wish you were, and if so, was it of help? This is very informal, just a discussion that was of interest to me. I was not initially offered this myself and would have had to seek these services on my own. I was sooooo sick upon being diagnosed that it never entered my mind.