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The social worker is critical in providing psychosocial care to patients with cancer, and Steve Pittman feels they should leverage their training to guide patients in a positive direction to address their mental health.
Steve Pittman believes a team approach is needed to effectively treat mental illness and encourages oncology navigators to engage the patient's loved ones.
Steve Pittman encourages oncology navigators to lead the conversation around psychosocial support for patients with mental illness.
Steve Pittman attributes blame and shame as major barriers that prevent patients with mental health issues from seeking psychosocial support.
Steve Pittman outlines some of the challenges in working with patients with mental illness, citing the importance of opening lines of communication and eliminating blame.

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