You are the oncology social worker for an outpatient cancer center.
Informed by the readings for this week, review the following case study and respond to each prompt below. In your responses to classmates, explore the case study further, ask additional questions, what is different in each of your assessments.
You are the oncology social worker for an outpatient cancer center. You receive a page from a nurse, who reports that a 31 year old patient, Luisa, was just told of her breast cancer diagnosis (T3N1M1) and the treatment she will need to undergo, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Luisa came alone for the consult and is very tearful after the visit with the doctor. She shared with the nurse that she works and has a family, including 2 young children and is worried about how she will manage all of these things. She shared with the nurse that she has had many sleepless nights, thinking about this appointment and expressed how upset she is to hear this news. The nurse suggested speaking with the oncology social worker and Luisa was open to the visit.
As the oncology social worker, talk through how you would begin the interaction with Luisa. What additional information would gather? Referring to the readings this week, what might you keep in mind or be concerned about, given Luisa’s presentation? From your conversation, what supports, resources, tools or interventions might you recommend to Luisa during your consultation? Finally, briefly summarize your understanding of Luisa’s presentation and the treatment plan you discuss.
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