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Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice

Ritva Ahomäki, Arja Harila-Saari, Jaakko Matomäki, Päivi M Lähteenmäki
BACKGROUND: In order to assess neurocognitive and social outcomes after childhood cancer, we explored the educational and vocational attainments of Finnish survivors in comparison to matched population controls. METHODS: From national registries, we identified survivors (n = 3243) born from 1960 to 1992 and aged below 16 at cancer diagnosis (years 1964-2009) as well as their controls (n = 16,215). Data on educational achievements, yearly income, employment status, and retirement were retrieved from Statistics Finland...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Jessica R Gorman, Brian W Whitcomb, Daniel Standridge, Vanessa L Malcarne, Sally A D Romero, Samantha A Roberts, H Irene Su
PURPOSE: We compared adoption consideration between female young adult cancer survivors and women of the same age in the general US population, hypothesizing that cancer survivors who desired children would report greater interest in adoption than an age-adjusted general population sample who desired children. METHODS: After age-standardizing the cancer survivor cohort to match the age distribution of the 2006-2010 National Survey for Family Growth (NSFG), we estimated adoption consideration among women age 18-35 years who wanted a (another) child in the two cohorts overall and within age groups...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Carmina G Valle, Allison M Deal, Deborah F Tate
PURPOSE: This study evaluated the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of two 6-month, self-regulation interventions that focused on daily self-weighing (DSW) and used objective monitoring and tailored feedback about weight (±activity), to prevent weight gain among African American breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Participants (n = 35) were randomized to an intervention + activity monitoring (INT+), intervention (INT), or control (CON) group. Interventions included a wireless scale (±activity tracker) that transmitted objective data to a mobile app/website, emailed lessons, and tailored feedback based on objective weight (±activity data)...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Rochelle R Smits-Seemann, Sapna Kaul, Eduardo R Zamora, Yelena P Wu, Anne C Kirchhoff
PURPOSE: Though the need for risk-based follow-up care for survivors of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer has been documented, survivors often report forgoing recommended care due to cost. We sought to understand whether additional barriers to follow-up care exist for AYA survivors. METHODS: We recruited survivors who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39 using the Utah Cancer Registry (UCR). Overall, 28 survivors participated in 6 focus groups held between March and May 2015 in Salt Lake City and St...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Yakir Rottenberg, Jeremy M Jacobs, Navah Z Ratzon, Albert Grinshpun, Miri Cohen, Beatrice Uziely, Angela G E M de Boer
PURPOSE: The needs of gastric cancer survivors have received limited attention. Returning to work after gastric cancer has not yet been described in a population-based study. We aimed to examine the unemployment risk at 2 and 4 years after gastric cancer. METHODS: The present historical prospective cohort study included baseline measurements from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics 1995 National Census, with follow-up until 2011. A group with gastric cancer and an age-, sex-, and ethnicity-matched control group were sampled from the census population...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Hiroko Kunitake, Marcia M Russell, Ping Zheng, Greg Yothers, Stephanie R Land, Laura Petersen, Louis Fehrenbacher, Jeffery K Giguere, D Lawrence Wickerham, Clifford Y Ko, Patricia A Ganz
PURPOSE: Little is known about health-related quality of life (HRQL) in long-term survivors (LTS) of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Long-term CRC survivors (≥5 years) treated in previous National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project trials were recruited from 60 sites. After obtaining consent, a telephone survey was administered, which included HRQL instruments to measure physical health (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living [IADL], SF-12 Physical Component Scale [PCS], SF-36 Vitality Scale), mental health (SF-12 Mental Component Scale [MCS], Life Orientation Test, and Impact of Cancer), and clinical symptoms (Fatigue Symptom Inventory [FSI], European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Colorectal Module [EORTC-CR38], and Brief Pain Inventory)...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Patricia Sheean, Huifang Liang, Linda Schiffer, Claudia Arroyo, Melinda Stolley
PURPOSE: Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) is more predominant in overweight, obese and minority populations. This study examined the prevalence of MetS in an exclusively African-American (AA) cohort of breast cancer (BC) survivors; an underrepresented group in previous studies demonstrating negative BC outcomes disparities for females with MetS. METHODS: Using a case-control design, overweight/obese AA women with treated Stage I-IIIa BC were matched 1:1 on age, race, sex, and body mass index (BMI) category with non-cancer population controls (n = 444)...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Pierre Verger, Sébastien Cortaredona, Marie Tournier, Dominique Rey, Marc-Karim Bendiane, Patrick Peretti-Watel, Hélène Verdoux
PURPOSE: To compare annual and monthly prevalence of psychotropic drug (PD) dispensing and the number and duration of psychotropic treatment episodes among people with and without cancer over a 2-year follow-up. METHODS: We studied the following two cohorts of adult patients affiliated with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF): cancer patients followed for 2 years after diagnosis and individuals without cancer matched to cancer patients. Using information about anxiolytic, hypnotic, antidepressant, and antipsychotic dispensing in community pharmacies, we applied conditional log-binomial regressions to estimate adjusted relative risks for monthly dispensing of PDs...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
C E Short, A Rebar, E L James, M J Duncan, K S Courneya, R C Plotnikoff, R Crutzen, C Vandelanotte
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of differing delivery schedules of computer-tailored physical activity modules on engagement and physical activity behaviour change in a web-based intervention targeting breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Insufficiently active breast cancer survivors (n = 492) were randomly assigned to receive one of the following intervention schedules over 12 weeks: a three-module intervention delivered monthly, a three-module intervention delivered weekly or a single module intervention...
August 6, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Eric S Zhou, Ann H Partridge, Karen L Syrjala, Alexis L Michaud, Christopher J Recklitis
PURPOSE: Insomnia is commonly experienced by cancer survivors. Chronic insomnia is associated with significant physical and psychosocial consequences if not properly treated. Both the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommend the evaluation of sleep disturbances and evidence-based treatment of insomnia during routine survivorship care. To better understand current clinical practices, we conducted a survey of major cancer centers across the United States (US)...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Belle H de Rooij, Nicole P M Ezendam, Kim A H Nicolaije, M Caroline Vos, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, Dorry Boll, Roy F P M Kruitwagen, Lonneke V van de Poll-Franse
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the factors that influence implementation of Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) in the intervention arm of the ROGY Care trial by (1) assessing the level of SCP receipt in the ROGY Care trial and (2) identifying patient- and provider-level factors that influence SCP receipt. METHODS: Between 2011 and 2015, a pragmatic cluster randomized-controlled-trial was conducted on the effects of automatically generated SCPs. Endometrial (N = 117) and ovarian (N = 61) cancer patients were allocated to 'SCP care', as provided by their SCP care providers (N = 10)...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Jessica L Chan, Joseph Letourneau, Wael Salem, Aylin Pelin Cil, Sai-Wing Chan, Lee-May Chen, Mitchell P Rosen
PURPOSE: Data have demonstrated an association between regret and lack of fertility counseling among patients undergoing treatment for non-gynecologic cancers. We sought to determine if fertility-related regret is reduced with pre-treatment counseling or fertility-sparing surgery (FSS) in patients with gynecologic cancers. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was administered to 593 reproductive-age survivors (18-40 years old at diagnosis) of localized cervix, ovarian, or endometrial cancers that were eligible for FSS...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Nina Rottmann, Dorte Gilså Hansen, Mariët Hagedoorn, Pia Veldt Larsen, Anne Nicolaisen, Pernille Envold Bidstrup, Hanne Würtzen, Henrik Flyger, Niels Kroman, Christoffer Johansen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify subgroups of breast cancer patients and their partners based on distinct trajectories of depressive symptoms, to examine how relationship quality and medical and sociodemographic factors were associated with these trajectories, and to explore whether patients and partners had similar trajectories. METHODS: A nationwide, population-based cohort of couples dealing with breast cancer was established in Denmark. Participants completed the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale at baseline and 5 and 12 months later...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Stephen J Carter, Gary R Hunter, Edward McAuley, Kerry S Courneya, Philip M Anton, Laura Q Rogers
PURPOSE: Research showing a link between exercise-induced changes in aerobic fitness and reduced fatigue after a cancer diagnosis has been inconsistent. We evaluated associations of fatigue and rate-pressure product (RPP), a reliable index of myocardial oxygen demand, at rest and during submaximal walking following a physical activity intervention among post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors (BCS). METHODS: Secondary analyses of 152 BCS in a randomized controlled trial testing a physical activity intervention (INT) versus usual care (UC) were performed...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Shawna V Hudson, Pamela A Ohman-Strickland, Alicja Bator, Denalee O'Malley, Daniel Gundersen, Heather S Lee, Benjamin F Crabtree, Suzanne M Miller
PURPOSE: Patient-physician relationships impact health care seeking and preventive screening behaviors among patients. At the end of active treatment some cancer survivors report feeling disconnected from their care team. This study explores cancer survivors' experiences of patient-centered cancer follow-up care provided by primary care physicians (PCP) and oncologists (ONC). METHODS: Three hundred five early stage, breast and prostate cancer survivors at least 2 years post treatment were surveyed from four community hospital oncology programs in New Jersey...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Ajay Gopalakrishna, Thomas A Longo, Joseph J Fantony, Megan Van Noord, Brant A Inman
PURPOSE: Diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation are modifiable lifestyle factors that have been shown to improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in many cancer survivors. Our objective was to systematically review the literature on the associations between lifestyle factors, namely diet, physical activity, smoking status, and HRQOL in bladder cancer survivors. METHODS: We queried PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane libraries. Two reviewers reviewed abstracts independently, and a third reviewer arbitrated disagreements...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Cristina Stephens, J Lee Westmaas, Jihye Kim, Rachel Cannady, Kevin Stein
PURPOSE: Research suggests that a cancer diagnosis predicts marital dissolution more strongly for women survivors than men, but there is a paucity of research on potential processes underlying this vulnerability. The present cross-sectional study examined whether specific cancer-related problems were associated with the odds of relationship breakup following diagnosis and whether these relationships differed between male and female cancer survivors. METHODS: A national cross-sectional quality of life study assessed self-reported cancer-related problems and relationship change among survivors who were either 2, 6, or 10 years post-diagnosis (n = 6099)...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Melissa S Y Thong, Adrian A Kaptein, Pauline A J Vissers, Gerard Vreugdenhil, Lonneke V van de Poll-Franse
PURPOSE: Cancer survivors construct perceptions of illness as a (mal)adaptive mechanism. These perceptions motivate/drive subsequent self-management behaviors toward symptoms and treatment that influence health outcomes. Negative illness perceptions have been associated with increased mortality in other chronically ill groups. However, this association is under-researched in cancer survivors. We aimed to explore the association between illness perceptions and mortality in stage I-III progression-free colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Iris M Kanera, Catherine A W Bolman, Roy A Willems, Ilse Mesters, Lilian Lechner
PURPOSE: The web-based Kanker Nazorg Wijzer (Cancer Aftercare Guide) responds to the needs of cancer survivors and oncology care providers to improve the counseling related to self-management of lifestyle and psychosocial challenges. In present study, overall intervention effects and the effects of using specific components were evaluated on vegetable, fruit, whole grain bread, and fish consumption, physical activity (PA), and smoking behavior. METHODS: Cancer survivors from 21 Dutch hospitals were recruited for a randomized controlled trial (N = 432)...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Marie Barnett, Glynnis McDonnell, Antonio DeRosa, Tammy Schuler, Errol Philip, Lisa Peterson, Kaitlin Touza, Sabrina Jhanwar, Thomas M Atkinson, Jennifer S Ford
PURPOSE: A cancer diagnosis during adolescence or young adulthood (AYA; defined as ages 15-39) generates unique medical and psychosocial needs as developmental milestones are simultaneously impacted. Past research highlights that AYAs' experiences and psychosocial outcomes are different, and more research and attention is needed. We aimed to identify and synthesize literature regarding psychosocial outcomes, unique needs, and existing psychosocial interventions pertaining to individuals diagnosed with cancer exclusively during AYA, and to highlight areas for future research...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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