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Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336728/the-efficacy-of-cognitive-interventions-for-improving-cognitive-performance-and-academic-achievement-in-children-after-cancer-treatment-a-systematic-review
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Susan M Pfeiffer, Amanda D Hutchinson
Academic decline has been reported in children after cancer treatment, believed to be as a result of cognitive impairment. Cognitive interventions may improve both the present and future outcomes for children after cancer treatment by improving cognitive and/or academic performance. This review aimed to examine the efficacy of cognitive interventions in children who had received cancer treatment. A systematic search of the PsycInfo and PubMed databases was conducted in May 2015 to identify studies in which cognitive interventions were conducted with children who had undergone cancer treatment and were under the age of 21...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336704/intent-to-use-a-web-based-psychological-intervention-for-partners-of-cancer-patients-associated-factors-and-preferences
#2
Nadine Köhle, Constance H C Drossaert, Cornelia F Van Uden-Kraan, Karlein M G Schreurs, Mariët Hagedoorn, Irma M Verdonck-de Leeuw, Ernst T Bohlmeijer
This study examined partners of cancer patients intention to use a web-based psychological intervention, their preferences regarding its preconditions, functionalities and topics, and factors related to their intention. One hundred and sixty-eight partners completed a questionnaire about these aspects. Forty-eight percent of the partners would (maybe) make use of a web-based intervention. Partners who intended to participate were significantly younger, used the Internet more often, and perceived more caregiver strain...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199904/the-association-of-oncology-social-work-s-project-to-assure-quality-cancer-care-apaqcc
#3
Brad Zebrack, Karen Kayser, Julianne Oktay, Laura Sundstrom, Alison Mayer Sachs
In 2014, the Association for Oncology Social Work (AOSW) established A Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC), a group of oncology social workers representing sixty-five Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer programs across the US (including two in Canada). Its aims were (1) to examine the capacity of cancer programs to provide quality psychosocial support services, and (2) to evaluate the implementation of distress screening. The purpose of this paper is to describe how this collaborative research program was created and implemented under the auspices of AOSW, and to report on its impact on the oncology social workers who participated...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173082/spirituality-at-end-of-life-the-role-of-hospice-social-work
#4
Shirley Otis-Green
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 27, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064780/the-relationship-between-holding-back-from-communicating-about-breast-concerns-and-anxiety-in-the-year-following-breast-biopsy
#5
Caroline S Dorfman, Eneka Lamb, Alyssa Van Denburg, Anava A Wren, Mary Scott Soo, Kaylee Faircloth, Vicky Gandhi, Rebecca A Shelby
PURPOSE: Evidence suggests open communication about breast cancer concerns promotes psychological adjustment, while holding back can lead to negative outcomes. Little is known about the relationship between communication and distress following breast biopsy. Design/ Sample: Women (N = 128) were assessed at the time of breast biopsy and again one week and three, six, and 12 months post-result. METHODS: Linear mixed modeling examined relationships between holding back and anxiety for women with benign results (n = 94) or DCIS/invasive disease (n = 34) following breast biopsy...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064771/contralateral-prophylactic-mastectomy-a-qualitative-approach-to-exploring-the-decision-making-process
#6
Judith R Greener, Sarah Bauerle Bass, Stephen J Lepore
The proportion of women with unilateral breast cancer and no familial or genetic risk factors who elect contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) has grown dramatically, even in the absence of clear data demonstrating improved outcomes. To further extend the literature that addresses treatment decision-making, qualitative interviews were conducted with eleven women who considered CPM. A social ecological model of breast cancer treatment decision-making provided the conceptual framework, and grounded theory was used to identify the cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional influences motivating treatment choice...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303476/are-cancer-survivors-following-the-national-comprehensive-cancer-network-health-behavior-guidelines-an-assessment-of-patients-attending-a-cancer-survivorship-clinic
#7
Kelly A Hyland, Jamie M Jacobs, Inga T Lennes, William F Pirl, Elyse R Park
PURPOSE: Engaging in positive health behaviors post-treatment is important for cancer survivors' health. However, little is known about whether survivors are practicing health promoting behaviors. We aimed to explore whether survivors are meeting the recent health behavior guidelines set forth by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and to examine associations between health behaviors and distress. METHODS: Sixty-six survivors completed a cross-sectional questionnaire assessing health behaviors prior to an initial appointment at a survivorship care clinic...
January 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182476/practice-wisdom-and-research-based-knowledge-never-the-twain-shall-meet
#8
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November 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182475/editorial-board-eov
#9
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November 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459393/physical-and-emotional-well-being-and-support-in-newly-diagnosed-head-and-neck-cancer-patient-caregiver-dyads
#10
Katherine R Sterba, Jane Zapka, Kent E Armeson, Keisuke Shirai, Amy Buchanan, Terry A Day, Anthony J Alberg
The purpose of this study was to examine the physical and emotional well-being and social support in newly diagnosed head and neck cancer (HNC) patients and caregivers and identify sociodemographic, clinical, and behavioral risk factors associated with compromised well-being in patients and caregivers. Newly diagnosed HNC patients and their primary caregivers (N = 72 dyads) completed questionnaires before treatment assessing physical and mental well-being, depression, cancer worry, and open-ended support questions...
November 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934074/routine-assessment-of-unmet-needs-in-individuals-with-advanced-cancer-and-their-caregivers-a-qualitative-study-of-the-palliative-care-needs-assessment-tool-pc-nat
#11
Sylvie Lambert, Thomas Bellamy, Afaf Girgis
PURPOSE: To examine (1) approaches used by oncologists to administer the palliative care needs assessment tool (PC-NAT) in consultations with patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers, (2) potential of this tool to facilitate discussion of psychosocial issues, and (3) whether use of the tool alters the length of consultations. DESIGN: A qualitative analysis was undertaken of audio-taped, outpatient consultations. SAMPLE AND METHODS: 20 individuals with advanced cancer and their caregivers who participated in an interrupted time series study of the impact of the systematic utilization of the PC-NAT had a total of 48 consultations audio-taped...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934026/hope-distress-and-later-quality-of-life-among-adolescent-and-young-adults-with-cancer
#12
Abby R Rosenberg, Miranda C Bradford, Kira Bona, Michele L Shaffer, Joanne Wolfe, K Scott Baker, Nancy Lau, Joyce Yi-Frazier
We aimed to explore the predictive value of screening for distress alone, hope alone, or a combination of both. In a multicenter prospective study, 37 English-speaking adolescents and young adults with cancer and 40 parents completed validated instruments at diagnosis ("baseline") and 3-6 months later ("follow-up"). Correlated regression models described associations. Within each instrument, baseline and follow-up scores were associated. However, only a composite hope/distress score predicted all three patient-centered outcomes...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922073/the-effects-of-individual-and-network-level-factors-on-discussion-of-cancer-experiences-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-in-korea
#13
Min Ah Kim, Jaehee Yi, Kort C Prince, Elizabeth Nagelhout, Yelena P Wu
This study aimed to identify young adult Korean cancer survivors' individual- (psychological distress, stigma, sociodemographic variables, and cancer-related variables) and network-level factors (relationship type, social support type) that influence discussion of their cancer experiences. Sixty-eight survivors of childhood cancer who were recruited using snowball sampling nominated 245 individuals from their networks, including family and intimate partners (40%) and friends and acquaintances (60%), as people with whom they most frequently interacted...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099671/lgbtq-inclusive-hospice-and-palliative-care-a-practical-guide-to-transforming-professional-practice
#14
Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Jelena Todic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 13, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902576/caring-for-patients-with-brain-tumors-compared-to-patients-with-non-brain-tumors-experiences-and-needs-of-informal-caregivers-in-home-care-settings
#15
Maria Heckel, Bettina Hoser, Stephanie Stiel
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Informal caregivers of patients with advanced cancer experience a challenging time, especially while caring for the patient at home. The aim of this study is to compare experiences, perceived burdens, and needs during home care of informal caregivers of brain tumor patients and informal caregivers of non-brain tumor patients. METHODS: 28 informal caregivers (17 brain tumor group, 11 non-brain tumor group) participated in this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather information retrospectively...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614001/self-forgiveness-is-associated-with-reduced-psychological-distress-in-cancer-patients-and-unmatched-caregivers-hope-and-self-blame-as-mediating-mechanisms
#16
Loren Toussaint, Michael Barry, Drew Angus, Lynn Bornfriend, Maurie Markman
This study examined the association between self-forgiveness and psychological distress and tested whether self-blame and hope mediated these associations equally for both patients and caregivers. Participants were 38 patients and 44 unmatched caregivers receiving care at a national cancer hospital. Participants completed measures of self-forgiveness, self-blame, hope, and psychological distress. Self-forgiveness was inversely associated with self-blame and psychological distress and positively associated with hope...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609210/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-brain-tumors-in-the-course-of-alpha-therapy
#17
Marta Kamińska, Ewa Fersten, Henryk Koziara, Bartosz Królicki
The aim of the study was to assess subjective quality of life in patients receiving alpha therapy for malignant tumors (glioblastoma multiforme, GBM) of the brain. No significant differences in self-assessed quality of life were found between GBM patients in the course of α-therapy and healthy controls, the two groups differed only as regards somatic symptoms. Moreover, the stronger the respondents' sense of self-efficacy, the higher their subjective quality of life. The findings may have practical implications for clinical psychology, namely, it seems worthwhile to build up the patient's sense of control of his own health...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605311/changes-in-intimate-relationships-following-treatment-for-head-and-neck-cancer-a-qualitative-study
#18
Christina Stenhammar, Joakim Isaksson, Brith Granström, Göran Laurell, Ylva Tiblom Ehrsson
The aim of this study was to determine how patients with head and neck cancer experience changes within their intimate relationships at the end of treatment and detect detrimental and facilitating factors in the process of resuming intimate relationships. Interviews were conducted with 131 patients. A core category - "being open versus not sharing the cancer journey" - emerged from the patients' narratives and was based on the experiences of engagement/disengagement, openness/fear, and patronizing attitudes/sharing the burden...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511030/emotional-approach-coping-and-depressive-symptoms-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-the-role-of-the-intimate-relationship
#19
Jennifer Barsky Reese, Stephen J Lepore, Elizabeth A Handorf, Jennifer A Haythornthwaite
This study examined whether emotional approach coping was associated with lower depressive symptoms, and whether intimacy moderated this association, in 121 married/partnered colorectal cancer (CRC) outpatients. Prospective analyses of survey data on emotional approach coping, depressive symptoms, and intimacy measured at baseline and 6-month follow-up showed that depressive symptoms were inversely related to processing, expression, and intimacy. At baseline, the association between processing and depressive symptoms was moderated by intimacy: greater processing was associated with lower depressive symptoms only for those in relatively high-intimacy relationships...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414581/posttraumatic-growth-after-cancer-the-role-of-perceived-threat-and-cognitive-processing
#20
Jennifer M Caspari, Trisha L Raque-Bogdan, Cynthia McRae, Teresa L Simoneau, Susan Ash-Lee, Kristin Hultgren
This study examines the relation between perceived cognitive and physical threat after a cancer diagnosis and posttraumatic growth (PTG). In total, 169 breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors completed questionnaires. Hierarchical regression models found after controlling for demographic and medical variables, depression, anxiety, and perceived threat account for 41.8% of the variance of positive cognitive processing, and these variables along with positive cognitive processing accounted for 42.7% of the variance of PTG...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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