The purpose of the survey, results of which will be presented today at the AOSW 2009 conference, was to better understand the psychosocial impact of a "cancer of unknown primary origin" diagnosis.
By and large, the social and psychological impact of CUP is not well defined nor well understood in the oncology community," said Les Gallo Silver, ACSW, AOSW president.
AOSW will publish the results of the CUP survey on their Website in order to raise awareness of the particular difficulties CUP presents to patients.
Created in 1984 by social workers interested in oncology and by existing national cancer organizations, AOSW has over 1000 current members who embrace the AOSW Mission "to advance excellence in the psychosocial care of persons with cancer, their families, and caregivers through networking, education, advocacy, research and resource development.
Our survey findings demonstrate that the number of cancer patients dealing with financial concerns about their care, especially out-of-pocket costs, is on the rise," said Mary Ann Burg, Social Work Oncology Research Group Director, AOSW.
The survey was developed by Kelton Research in conjunction with Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company under the guidance of the AOSW.
The social worker survey participants were from the AOSW membership list.