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Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and collaborators Published in Journal of Psychosocial Oncology


Dr. Jennifer Swanberg and research team members have a new paper published in Journal of of Psychosocial Oncology that explores the individual and organizational strategies used by working poor breast cancer survivors to manage the cancer-work interface.

Using in-depth surveys conducted with 24 breast cancer survivors employed in low-wage jobs at the time of diagnosis, Swanberg, Nichols, Ko, Tracy & Vanderpool found that slightly over half the sample continued to work during treatment due to fear of losing their job, financial necessity, lack of paid time off and a desire to maintain a normal routine. Participants who continued to work used individual and workplace strategies to keep working throughout treatment.

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