Eileen Joyce, LICSW, OSW-C, Clinical Social Work Supervisor for the BWFH and BWH Breast Centers and the DF/BWCC Breast Surgical Service presented: Navigating Trauma through Oncology Care. Joyce defined trauma and she provided a background on Trauma Induced Care (TIC). She also highlighted the importance of being able to assess, recognize and navigate oncology patients who have a past history of trauma or are currently experiencing trauma.
For example, a 2012 publication by Corker et al indicated that 20 to 50 percent of cancer patients have experienced interpersonal violence. In sharing the core principles of TIC, Joyce emphasized that Patient Navigators may be the first point of contact and they could thus serve as trauma translators. Joyce concluded the presentation by discussing a few cases as examples, through which she reminded Patient Navigators of the importance of self-care. Her last compelling word of advice was to BREATHE!
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