U of L Establishes Oncology Social Work Chair

by Rick Howlett on August 12, 2009

The University of Louisville has announced the establishment of an endowed chair in Oncology Social Work.

The chair is named for local cancer specialist Dr. Renato LaRocca.

He says oncology social workers trained in the program willl serve as advocates for cancer patients.

“She serves as a guide, navigating a patient through governement programs, helping them to understand the trials and tribulations of therapy, financial issues, home support, home nursing and whatnot.    Also, on the spiritual plane, theyhelp by engaging with the family, assessing the home situation, family therapy and support groups,” LaRocca said.

The chair will be established in U of L’s Kent School of Social Work.

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Jimmy Rittmann August 12, 2009 at 11:04 pm

This is a major development for the field of social work. Many of the points illustrated in the press conference are things commonly done by some treatment centers, such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, but for this to become the norm for education is a wonderful improvement.

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