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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Rehabilitation Counsellor’s Role in Enhancing Work and Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors

  • Open or Close Amani A Kettaneh*, Debra A Harley and Tala M Maya U>

    Department of Early Childhood, University of Kentucky, USA

    *Corresponding author: Amani A Kettaneh, PhD, CRC, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counselling, University of Kentucky, 212 D Taylor Education Building, Lexington, KY 40506, USA

Submission: March 16, 2018; Published: April 11, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2018.02.000540

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume2 Issue3


The rehabilitation counsellor works with people with disabilities to assist them in ways to improve their quality of life and vocational outcomes. The types of disabilities among people are diverse, multifaceted, and vary in severity. One such disability group is individuals with cancer. Persons with cancer account for a minimal percentage of the total successfully closed vocational rehabilitation cases. Over the past few decades, the prognosis of many types of cancer has improved, with a resulting increase in the number of cancer survivors who have the ability to resume work after treatment and therapy. This article provides a comprehensive review of rehabilitation counsellors’ involvement in enhancing the lives of individuals with cancer including the employment means, psychosocial impacts, and effective interventions to employ these goals.

Keywords: Cancer; Employment; Psychological impact; Social integration; Survivors; Vocational goals

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