What can case studies about the lived experiences of cancer contribute to an interest in the concept of structural vulnerability?
And can a consideration of structural vulnerability enhance applied anthropological work in cancer prevention and control?
To answer these questions the contributors in this volume explore what it means to be structurally vulnerable; how structural
vulnerabilities intersect with cancer risk, diagnosis, care seeking, caregiving, clinical-trial participation, and survivorship;
and how differing local, national, and global political contexts and histories inform vulnerability. These case studies illustrate
how quotidian experiences of structural vulnerability influence and are altered by a cancer diagnosis at various points in
the continuum of care. The case studies examine cancer as a set of diseases and biosocial phenomena. The contributors utilize
insights gained from studies on cancer to extend structural vulnerability beyond its original conceptualization to encompass
spatiality, temporality, and biosocial shifts in both individual and institutional arrangements.