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K L Campbell, J W Y Kam, S E Neil-Sztramko, T Liu Ambrose, T C Handy, H Lim, S Hayden, L Hsu, A A Kirkham, C C Gotay, D C McKenzie, L A Boyd
BACKGROUND: Change in cognitive ability is a commonly reported side effect by breast cancer survivors (BCS). The underlying etiology of cognitive complaints is unclear and to date there is limited evidence for effective intervention strategies. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function in older adults and animal models treated with chemotherapy. This proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial (RCT) tested the effect of aerobic exercise versus usual lifestyle on cognitive function in postmenopausal BCS...
January 11, 2017: Psycho-oncology
Jin Ah Sim, Yoon Jung Chang, Aesun Shin, Dong-Young Noh, Wonshik Han, Han-Kwang Yang, Young Whan Kim, Young Tae Kim, Seoung-Yong Jeong, Jung-Hwan Yoon, Yoon Jun Kim, Daesuk Heo, Tae-You Kim, Do-Youn Oh, Hong-Gyun Wu, Hak Jae Kim, Eui Kyu Chie, Keon Wook Kang, Ju Han Kim, Young Ho Yun
OBJECTIVE: The use of information communication technology (ICT) based tailored health management program, can have significant health impacts for cancer patients. Information provision, health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and decision conflicts, were analyzed for their relationship with need for an ICT-based personalized health management program in Korean cancer survivors. METHODS: The health program needs of 625 cancer survivors from two Korean hospitals were analyzed in this cross-sectional study...
January 5, 2017: Psycho-oncology
Katy J L Bell, Yachna Mehta, Robin M Turner, Rachael L Morton, Mbathio Dieng, Robyn Saw, Pascale Guitera, Kirsten McCaffery, Donald Low, Cynthia Low, Marisa Jenkins, Les Irwig, Angela C Webster
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the amount of fear of new or recurrent melanoma among people treated for localised melanoma in an Australian specialist centre. METHODS: We randomly selected 400 potential participants from all those treated for localised melanoma at the Melanoma Institute Australia during 2014 (n = 902). They were asked to complete an adapted version of the Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory (FCRI). We calculated summary statistics for demographics, clinical variables and total FCRI and subscale scores...
January 4, 2017: Psycho-oncology
Laura Ashley, Galina Velikova, Amy Downing, Eva Morris, Penny Wright
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January 4, 2017: Psycho-oncology
I M Braun, F L Meyer, J Gagne, L Nabati, D P Yuppa, M Carmona, H J Burstein, J Suzuki, M Nayak, Y Martins
BACKGROUND: Expansion of medical marijuana (MM) laws in the United States may offer oncology new therapeutic options. However, the scientific evidence for MM remains in infancy. This study qualitatively explored professional opinion around the role of MM in cancer care. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were administered to a sample of individuals with expertise at the interface of MM and oncology nationally. Key informant criteria included an oncologic clinical or research background and any of the following: publications, research, or lectures on cannabinoids or cancer symptoms; involvement in the development of MM dispensaries or legislation; early adoption of state MM certification procedures...
January 1, 2017: Psycho-oncology
Ansuk Jeong, Ji Yeong M An, Jong Hyock Park, Keeho Park
OBJECTIVE: When cancer hits a family, the entire family members start to adapt to the new status. This study aimed to investigate the main issue of the family with cancer patient and their way of solving it. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted as a qualitative research. 33 participants described their experience either as cancer patients or as family caregivers. RESULTS: Guided by the Grounded Theory, we identified the main concern of the families being primary caregiver selection...
December 30, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Louis C Markovitz, Nicholas J Drysdale, B Ann Bettencourt
OBJECTIVE: Despite the efficacy of clinical treatments (e.g., adjuvant hormonal therapy) for breast cancer survivors (BCS), nonadherence rates remains high, increasing the risk of recurrence and mortality. The current study tested a theoretical model of medical nonadherence that proposes depression to be the most proximal predictor of medical nonadherence among BCS. METHODS: BCS were recruited from radiation clinics in Missouri. Survey data were collected 12 months after the end of primary treatment...
December 29, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Sophia K Smith, Eric Kuhn, Jonathan O'Donnell, Bridget F Koontz, Nicole Nelson, Kiera Molloy, Jianhong Chang, Julia Hoffman
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December 29, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Chao-Yu Chen, Yao-Hsu Yang, Chuan-Pin Lee, Ting-Yao Wang, Bi-Hua Cheng, Yin-Cheng Huang, Pau-Chung Chen, Sophie Hsin-Yi Liang, Michael Dewey, Vincent Chin-Hung Chen
OBJECTIVE: Depression happens commonly in cancer patients. However, there is limited literature on uterine cancer. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the association between uterine cancer and depression as well as the moderating effect of age and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). METHODS: This was a population-based study utilizing Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. We conducted a matched cohort study and identified 6526 patients with uterine cancer and 65260 controls...
December 28, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Maija Reblin, Margaret Clayton, Jiayun Xu, Jennifer Hulett, Seth Latimer, Gary Donaldson, Lee Ellington
OBJECTIVE: Few studies have examined the triadic communication between patients, spouse caregivers, and nurses in the home hospice setting. Thus, little is known about the types of communication patterns that unfold. The goals of the study were to first, identify common patterns of communication in home hospice nurse-patient-caregiver home hospice visits and second, to identify nurse, caregiver-patient dyad, and visit characteristics that predict visit communication patterns. METHOD: Nurses (n = 58) and hospice cancer patient and spouse caregiver dyads (n = 101; 202 individuals) were recruited from 10 hospice agencies...
December 28, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Thordis Thorsteinsdottir, Heiddis Valdimarsdottir, Arna Hauksdottir, Johan Stranne, Ulrica Wilderäng, Eva Haglind, Gunnar Steineck
OBJECTIVE: Negative intrusive thoughts about one's prostate cancer have been associated with depressive mood and impaired quality of life among prostate cancer patients. However, little is known about possible predictors for negative intrusive thoughts among this group. We aimed to identify health- and care-related predictors for such thoughts among a population of men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and undergoing radical prostatectomy. METHODS: In the LAPPRO-trial, 3154 men (80%) answered study-specific questionnaires at admission and three months after surgery...
December 27, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Alexandre Chan, Yan Xiang Gan, Suan Kai Oh, Terence Ng, Maung Shwe, Raymond Chan, Raymond Ng, Brandon Goh, Yee Pin Tan, Gilbert Fan
INTRODUCTION: As cancer mortality rates improve in Singapore, there is an increasing need to improve the transition to post-treatment survivorship care. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducation group (PEG) intervention program compared with usual care to reduce distress for physical symptom and psychological aspects in Asian breast cancer survivors who have completed adjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: This was a randomized, controlled trial comprising 72 Asian early-stage breast cancer survivors who were randomized into the PEG (n = 34) or the control (n = 38) arm...
December 26, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Hermann Faller, André Strahl, Matthias Richard, Christiane Niehues, Karin Meng
OBJECTIVE: Previous research has demonstrated associations between satisfaction with information and reduced emotional distress in cancer patients. However, as most studies were cross-sectional, the direction of this relationship remained unclear. We therefore aimed to test whether information satisfaction predicted subsequent depression and anxiety levels, and, reciprocally, depression and anxiety levels predicted subsequent information satisfaction, thus clarifying the direction of impact...
December 26, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Tânia Brandão, Marc S Schulz, James J Gross, Paula Mena Matos
OBJECTIVE: Emotion regulation is thought to play an important role in adaptation to cancer. However, the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ), a widely-used instrument to assess emotion regulation, has not yet been validated in this context. This study addresses this gap by examining the psychometric properties of the ERQ in a sample of Portuguese women with cancer. METHODS: The ERQ was administered to 204 women with cancer (M age = 48.89 years, SD = 7...
December 23, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Christie Yao, Jill B Rich, Kattleya Tirona, Lori J Bernstein
OBJECTIVE: Women treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer experience subtle cognitive deficits. Research has focused on mean performance level, yet recent work suggests that within-person variability in reaction time (RT) performance may underlie cognitive symptoms. We examined intraindividual variability (IIV) in women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: Patients (n = 28) were assessed at baseline before chemotherapy (T1), approximately 1 month after chemotherapy but prior to surgery (T2), and after surgery about 9 months post chemotherapy (T3)...
December 21, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Kimlin Tam Ashing, Dalnim Cho, Lily Lai, Sophia Yeung, Lucy Young, Christina Yeon, Yuman Fong
OBJECTIVE: To address the fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) research gap, we used prospective data to explore FCR predictors and FCR associations with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Asian American breast cancer survivors (BCS). METHODS: A total of 208 diverse Asian American BCS completed T1 survey and 137 completed T2 survey after 1-year. RESULTS: FCR scores (range = 0-4) were 2.01 at T1 and 1.99 at T2 reflecting low-to-moderate FCR...
December 19, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Hannah G Fielden, Stephen L Brown, Pooja Saini, Helen Beesley, Peter Salmon
OBJECTIVE: Risk-reducing procedures can be offered to people at increased cancer risk, but many procedures can have iatrogenic effects. People therefore need to weigh risks associated with both cancer and the risk-reduction procedure in their decisions. By reviewing relevant literature on breast cancer risk-reduction, we aimed to understand how women at relatively high risk of breast cancer perceive their risk and how their risk perceptions influence their decisions about risk reduction...
December 16, 2016: Psycho-oncology
I S La, E K Yun
BACKGROUND: Modern treatment for multiple myeloma (MM) has improved disease control and prolonged survival; thus, maintenance of quality of life (QoL) is considered a great concern for MM patients and their caregivers. The purpose of this study was to identify dyadic associations between stress appraisal and the QoL of patients with MM and their caregivers in Korea. METHODS: A total of 102 MM patient-caregiver dyads participated in this study. They independently reported their stress appraisal and QoL...
December 14, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Bee Teng Lim, Phyllis Butow, Jill Mills, Annie Miller, David Goldstein
OBJECTIVE: The information needs of patients and carers from culturally- and linguistically-diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including from the Chinese community, are not well understood, and there has been no previous synthesis of the literature. We conducted a systematic review of the information needs of the Chinese community affected by cancer. METHODS: Database, reference list and author searches were conducted to identify studies reporting information needs of the Chinese community affected by cancer...
December 14, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Kerry A Sherman, Laura-Kate Shaw, Lone Jørgensen, Diana Harcourt, Linda Cameron, John Boyages, Elisabeth Elder, Judy Kirk, Katherine Tucker
OBJECTIVE: Women diagnosed with breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and those with a genetic susceptibility to developing this disease, face the challenging decision of whether or not to undergo breast reconstruction following mastectomy. As part of a large randomized controlled trial, this qualitative study examined women's experiences of using the Breast RECONstruction Decision Aid (BRECONDA), and health professionals' feedback regarding the impact of this resource on patients' knowledge and decision-making about breast reconstruction...
December 13, 2016: Psycho-oncology
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