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Write an essay which analyses the case study in terms of the sociological and psychological facts that might impact on the person and their family, and their experience of health and social care provision and the benefits system.

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Student No: 11011570/1 Course: BA (Hons) Social Work Studies Unit title: Perspectives of Health and Wellbeing Title: Assignment One ASSIGNMENT TASK Write an essay which analyses the case study in terms of the sociological and psychological facts that might impact on the person and their family, and their experience of health and social care provision and the benefits system. Your answer should demonstrate: * A holistic approach to health. * Understanding of the relationship between psychological, social and physical aspects of health and well being. * The relevance and application of social science concepts to understanding health and illness. * Knowledge of social policy and the appropriate professionals/organisations who might become involved in the case. The connections between these should be made explicit. CASE STUDY Alan is a 58 year old teacher. He lives with his partner, Alison and their daughter (18 years) and two sons (aged 11 and 13 years) in Derby. Alison works part-time. Their daughter is about to leave home for a course at Liverpool University. Alan has recently been diagnosed with carcinoma of the prostate. There is a statistically significant chance that his cancer may not be localised to the prostate. Treatments are available but potential side effects include impotency, further urinary dysfunction and bowel problems. Alan and his family feel devastated. But, Alan is also concerned to shield his family from the full extent of the prognosis as he feels they are dependent on his ability to 'cope'. ...read more.

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the UK, are far too busy dealing with the increasing incidences of prostate cancer, especially considering that it is likely to overtake incidences of lung and breast cancer over the next decade. The NHS Cancer plan indicates the Government's pledge to fund cancer services with an extra �570 million a year which means a 20 fold increase in funds to prostate cancer research to fulfil its aims (Nursing Times 2001) and furthermore, the increase in funding this area of cancer research is essential considering the statistics suggesting that prostate cancer will soon become the biggest killer cancer, especially given that many men are still unaware of the dangers of this cancer with very little information encouraging men to regularly check their testicles for lumps and bumps. This is clearly what the changes in the Government's social policy aims to do. Deciding what treatment to undertake is a standard option which may involve deep x-ray therapy plus hormones (Terry 2002). As a result of being diagnosed, Alan and his family may want to find out more about the condition, with the immediate fear being not only of shock, but also the issue of facing up to death and the fact that Alan is reminded he is growing old, especially given that the majority of men with prostate cancer are over 60 (Dowd 2001). Localised prostate cancer doesn't spread very quickly and so Alan could have been looking a 10 year survival had his cancer not been localised, therefore significantly decreasing the time he has left to live. ...read more.

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As shown by Kiss and Meryn (2001) Prostate cancer is a devastating disease that brings with it a need for individuals, couples and families to strongly consider the treatment options and lifestyle options amidst the confusion of jumbled emotions, fears and concerns which can be supported within the framework of holistic treatment, thus working towards a more positive future beyond diagnosis. Research by Gray et all (2000) has clearly shown the experiences of previous patients that Alan and his wife can draw on, and with the huge, growing amount of information that is universally available, decision making, the impact on emotions, and the psychosocial changes caused by such a diagnosis are thus greatly reduced. Furthermore, as according to Dowd (2001), the governmental changes in social policy and the increase in funds for the kind of treatment will not only make treatment better for Alan up to and beyond 2004, but will ensure that more men are diagnosed at an earlier stage, thus improving their survival rate with the disease. Not only does prostate cancer present real difficulties for men and their families, but also presents real challenges for social policy changes to be made which can strengthen research, education and support in this field of cancer, and thus minimising the short term negative experiences of men, thus improving the long term outcomes of this disease. ...read more.

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