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Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

Jennifer Kim Bernat, Kisha Coa, Danielle Blanch-Hartigan
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November 30, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Gregory P Beehler, Jonathan Novi, Marc T Kiviniemi, Lynn Steinbrenner
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to understand military veteran cancer survivors' preferences regarding the delivery of post-treatment wellness services. METHODS: Thirty-three military veteran cancer survivors were interviewed about their perceptions of three models of health service delivery (home-, primary care-, and oncology-based services). RESULTS: Conventional qualitative content analysis revealed strengths and weaknesses of each service delivery model's content and structure (e...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Min Ah Kim, Jaehee Yi, Jina Sang, Soo Hyun Kim, InYoung Heo
Using Photovoice, a participatory action research methodology, we investigated Korean mothers' lives postdiagnosis of their child with cancer. Photovoice was used to understand the mothers' perceptions of how they have adapted to their children's illnesses. Five mothers of children with cancer participated in five sessions of the Photovoice project, during which they took and shared photographs and narratives about their experiences and joined weekly group discussions on their selected themes. The following themes and subthemes emerged: "What I would like to do (taking a break, socializing with friends, spending time with other family members, developing my career)," "My child and food (whatever my child wants to eat, love of family)," "My days for my child (doing what my child wants to do, being a playmate, changing for my child)," and "Power sources for me (family, courage of children, mom is strong, hope)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Naomi Greenwald, Maru Barrera, Alexandra Neville, Kelly Hancock
This study evaluated the feasibility (acceptability, recruitment, retention rates, treatment fidelity and outcomes measures) of implementing a manualized group intervention for bereaved siblings after pediatric cancer death. A convenience sample of 10 siblings participated. The intervention consisted of eight 2-hour sessions that focused on strategies for coping with grief, relationships, and emotional growth. Positive outcomes were obtained with respect to acceptability, recruitment, retention rates, and treatment fidelity...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Dalnim Cho, Crystal L Park
We examined whether (a) fear of cancer recurrence was related to lower health-related quality of life and (b) perceived growth moderated the link between fear of recurrence and health-related quality of life. 292 adolescent and young adult cancer survivors (diagnosed with cancer at ages 15-34) completed a cross-sectional survey. Fear of recurrence was related to poorer physical and mental health-related quality of life. The negative association between fear of recurrence and mental health-related quality of life was moderated by perceived growth...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Olga Husson, Johan Denollet, Nicole P M Ezendam, Floortje Mols
PURPOSE: There is a paucity of research into the relationship between personality and health behaviors among cancer survivors. The aim of this study was to investigate whether Type D personality and its two constituent components, negative affectivity (NA) and social inhibition (SI), are associated with health behaviors, quality of life (QoL) and mental distress among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. METHODS: Population-based study among 2620 CRC patients diagnosed between 2000-2009 who completed measures of personality (DS14), health behaviors, QoL (EORTC QLQ-C30) and mental distress (HADS)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Heidi Williamson, Nichola Rumsey
An altered appearance can impact on the psychosocial well-being of adolescent cancer patients, yet patient reports imply a dearth of appearance-related support. Using a two-phase qualitatively driven mixed methods design, 62 health professionals from a range of UK oncology care settings, provided data relating to their views of the impact of appearance changes on adolescent patients (aged 12-18 years), of delivering appearance-related care, and their training needs. Integrated findings were divided into two main outcomes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Karen la Cour, Loni Ledderer, Helle Ploug Hansen
Previous research on psychosocial support for cancer-related concerns has primarily focused on either patients or their relatives, although limited research is available on how patients and their relatives can be supported together. The aim of this article is to explore the use of storytelling as a part of a residential cancer rehabilitation intervention for patients together with their relatives, with a specific focus on their management of cancer-related concerns. Ten pairs participated in the intervention and data were generated through ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observations, informal conversations and follow-up interviews conducted one month after completing the intervention...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Laura M Melton
This study examined the relationship among humor coping, optimism, neuroticism, and depression in a sample of breast cancer survivors and matched control participants. Breast cancer survivors reported marginally lower levels of depression than the controls. In both groups, humor coping was not related to depression, optimism, or neuroticism, but depression was correlated negatively with optimism and positively with neuroticism. In the breast cancer group, humor coping was correlated with the coping subscales of self-distraction, positive reframing, planning, and active coping...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Esther Castermans, Marcel Coenders, Hendrik P Beerlage, Jolanda De Vries
We describe the Psychosocial Distress Questionnaire-Prostate Cancer (PDQ-PC), a psychosocial screening list developed and validated specifically for prostate cancer patients. An existing screening list, the Psychosocial Distress Questionnaire-Breast Cancer (PDQ-BC), was used as a starting point. Two focus groups were then implemented to investigate which items of the PDQ-BC were relevant for the PDQ-PC and which new items were needed. Validity and reliability of the questionnaire were assessed on 278 prostate cancer patients...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Sarah Körver, April Kinghorn, Joel Negin, Marci Shea-Perry, Alexandra L C Martiniuk
OBJECTIVE: When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected by the demands of the illness and its treatment. This study aimed to provide a more nuanced understanding of the experience of parents of children with cancer when participating in therapeutic recreation programs (such as summer camp), and address the specific knowledge gap of the role that camp may play in providing social support for these families. In particular this study aimed to enroll mothers and fathers as the voice of fathers have previously been missing in research about cancer camps...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Jared Weiss, Hojin Yang, Sara Weiss, Maureen Rigney, Amy Copeland, Jennifer C King, Allison M Deal
OBJECTIVE: We sought to understand the experiences of patients with lung cancer and to see if attitudes varied by demographic factors. METHODS: We administered a 63-question survey by phone or online to 174 patients with lung cancer. Factor analysis was employed to identify two groups of questions with conceptual relationship and high Cronbach's alphas, titled stigma and satisfaction with care. We employed multivariable analysis to identify predictors of self-blame and these factors...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
M Graça Pereira, Vânia Baia, José C Machado
This study examined the relationships between coping style, body image, psychological morbidity, and quality of life. A total of 58 patients who were diagnosed with skin tumors, had been submitted to surgery, and were in the follow-up phase answered the following instruments: dermatology life quality index (DLQI), hospital anxiety and depression scales (HADS), body image scale (BIS), and the mini mental adjustment to cancer scale (Mini-MAC). The results showed that patients with a higher use of the coping styles of helplessness/hopelessness, anxious preoccupation, and cognitive avoidance reported a worse quality of life...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Ceilidh Eaton Russell, Eric Bouffet, John Beaton, Susan Lollis
Psychosocial research about childhood brain tumors is limited because of varied abilities and prognoses, with children's voices largely absent. Research has focused on the impacts on families and their reactions; this qualitative study used constructivist grounded theory methods to explore experiences of childhood brain tumors from the perspectives of 12 children and 12 parents using semistructured interviews. Their stories illustrated efforts to maintain positivity and normalcy as they faced grief and uncertainty...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Maria C McCarthy, Claire E Wakefield, Sharon DeGraves, Madeleine Bowden, Deborah Eyles, Lauren K Williams
This study examined the feasibility of implementing the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT2.0) from the perspectives of families and health-care providers (HCPs). PAT2.0 data were collected from 104 families. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted with HCPs. Parents reported that the PAT2.0 was brief and easy to complete. HCPs' perspectives on the utility of the PAT2.0 were mixed and varied according to clinical roles. A major perceived benefit was the PAT2.0 as a communication tool. Barriers included timing and an increased workload for social workers...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Roslyn Corney, Shuby Puthussery, Jane Swinglehurst
This article examines the facilitators and the barriers to couple relationships in families in the UK with dependent children after a diagnosis of maternal breast cancer. Qualitative data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews with 23 participants, including 10 couples and three women whose partners did not take part. Recorded interviews were analyzed using a thematic approach identifying themes and patterns in the interview transcripts and categorizing them using a framework. Key individual and contextual factors perceived as barriers or facilitators to couple relationships included: being a "young" family with young children, frustration and resentment from male partners, women's reactions to the illness, individual communication styles, differing needs for "personal space," body image concerns, and social support...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Olamijulo A Fatiregun, Andrew T Olagunju, Adebayo R Erinfolami, Omolara A Fatiregun, Olubunmi A Arogunmati, Joseph D Adeyemi
The coexistence of anxiety disorders among women with breast cancer has been linked with delay in diagnosis, treatment abandonment, and poor quality of life. This study investigated anxiety disorders with their determinants among 200 participants with histological diagnosis of breast cancer. A questionnaire was designed to elicit sociodemographic and clinical factors, while the schedule for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry (SCAN) was used to ascertain the presence of anxiety disorders. The mean age of participants was 49...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Sarah J Ellis, Claire E Wakefield, Jordana K McLoone, Eden G Robertson, Richard J Cohn
Cancer diagnoses and treatment may have long-term effects on fertility. Semistructured interviews were administered to young cancer survivors (<20 years) and their parents (n = 97). Fertility related concerns were reported by 45 participants (46.4%). Themes included: distress regarding potential infertility; the effect of infertility on future relationships, self-esteem, and miscommunications/confusion about fertility status; access to fertility testing; and preservation options. Parents also reported challenges regarding how and when it was developmentally appropriate to talk to their children about fertility...
September 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Casey Walsh
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August 30, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Gary T Deimling, Casey Albitz, Kara Monnin, Holly T Renzhofer Pappada, Elizabeth Nalepa, Melinda Laroco Boehm, Claire Mitchell
This research examines a model of how personality (Five-Factor Model) is related to adjustment to cancer in later life in terms of the presence of continuing cancer-related worry and depression among older adult, long-term cancer survivors. Data from an NCI-funded study with 275 older adult (age 60+), long-term (5+ years) survivors of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer were examined. Regression analyses identified neuroticism as the strongest predictor of cancer-related worry along with continuing cancer-related symptoms...
August 19, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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