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The European Cancer and Work Network: CANWON.

de Boer, Angela G E M.
J Occup Rehabil; 24(3): 393-8, 2014 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | 2014 | ID: mdl-24002638
Resumo: PURPOSE: The number of cancer survivors is rapidly growing due to improved treatment and ageing population. Almost half of cancer patients will experience a cancer diagnosis during working age when career and work-related issues play an important role. Many cancer survivors are at risk for unemployment which greatly affects their quality of life and financial situation. Research on cancer and work is therefore of great importance but scattered over Europe and lacking appropriate dissemination. Moreover, interventions supporting employment of cancer survivors are urgently required but scarcely developed. METHODS: The European Cancer and Work Network (CANWON) aims to combine knowledge on: (1) prognostic factors of unemployment in cancer survivors including gender- and country-specific differences; (2) work-related costs of survivorship for both patients and society; (3) the role of employers; and (4) development and evaluation of innovative, interdisciplinary interventions which effectively support employment. Furthermore, it aims at disseminating research knowledge and best practice worldwide. RESULTS: CANWON currently unites 23 teams from 15 countries across different stakeholders and research areas. The expected benefits are rapid exchange of research knowledge, standardised methods and techniques, innovative interventions, future guidelines on cancer and work and the improvement of quality of life of cancer patients. CONCLUSIONS: Understanding prognostic factors, work-related costs, role of the employer and innovative interventions in relation to work in cancer survivors might progress the understanding of other patients with long-term conditions therefore the knowledge resulting from CANWON will benefit a wide range of patient groups.