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Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice

Belle H de Rooij, Teresa Hagan Thomas, Kathryn E Post, Jane Flanagan, Nicole P M Ezendam, Jeffrey Peppercorn, Don S Dizon
PURPOSE: This qualitative study sought to describe the challenges following treatment and the preferences regarding survivorship care among patients treated for gynecological cancer, their caregivers, and health care providers. METHODS: Between July and August 2017, in-depth semi-structured interviews regarding survivorship were conducted at a large academic hospital in the USA among patients who recently completed treatment (< 12 months) for a gynecological cancer (ovarian, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar) and their primary caregivers...
September 12, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Colleen A Cuthbert, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Yuan Xu, Winson Y Cheung
PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of comorbidities and the association of these comorbidities with demographics, tumor characteristics, treatments received, overall survival, and causes of death in a population-based cohort of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: Adult patients with stage I-III CRC diagnosed between 2004 and 2015 were included. Comorbidities were captured using Charlson comorbidity index. Causes of death were categorized using International Classification of Diseases, tenth revision codes...
September 6, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Sally A D Romero, Justin C Brown, Joshua M Bauml, Jennifer L Hay, Q Susan Li, Roger B Cohen, Jun J Mao
PURPOSE: Despite the numerous benefits of physical activity (PA) for patients with cancer, many cancer survivors report challenges to participating in PA. The objectives of this study were (1) to assess barriers to PA and (2) to examine participant characteristics associated with modifiable barriers to PA among cancer survivors with pain. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey study at one academic medical center and 11 community hospitals. Participants completed the 12-item Physical Activity Barriers After Cancer (PABAC) instrument (Cronbach's alpha = 0...
September 4, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Brenna E Blackburn, Patricia A Ganz, Kerry Rowe, John Snyder, Yuan Wan, Vikrant Deshmukh, Michael Newman, Alison Fraser, Ken Smith, Kimberley Herget, Jaewhan Kim, Anne C Kirchhoff, Christina Porucznik, Heidi Hanson, Dev Abraham, Marcus Monroe, Mia Hashibe
PURPOSE: Thyroid cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the USA, affects a young, mostly female population, and has high survival. The aim of this study was to determine if there is an increased risk of reproductive system adverse events or pregnancy complications among women diagnosed with thyroid cancer under the age of 50. METHODS: Up to five female cancer-free individuals were matched to each female thyroid cancer survivor diagnosed before the age of 50 based on birth year, birth state, and follow-up time, within the Utah Population Database...
August 21, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Ida Hovdenak Jakobsen, Mette Moustgaard Jeppesen, Sébastien Simard, Henriette Vind Thaysen, Søren Laurberg, Therese Juul
PURPOSE: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory (FCRI) is a multidimensional measure for fear of cancer recurrence (FCR). The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the translated Danish version of the FCRI in a population of colorectal cancer patients. METHODS: The English version of the FCRI was forward-backward translated into Danish and pilot tested in a gynaecological cancer population. The psychometric properties of the FCRI were assessed in terms of responsiveness, test-retest reliability and discriminative and convergent validity in a population of colorectal cancer patients by asking them to complete questionnaires at three time points during follow-up...
August 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Heide Götze, Sabine Taubenheim, Andreas Dietz, Florian Lordick, Anja Mehnert
PURPOSE: Our study provides a detailed overview of comorbid conditions and health-related quality of life of long-term cancer survivors and analyses the impact of demographic, disease- and treatment-related characteristics. METHODS: We present data obtained from 1000 survivors across mixed tumour entities 5 and 10 years after cancer diagnosis in a cross-sectional study. We analyse the prevalence of physical symptoms and health conditions via self-report and health-related quality of life using the EORTC QLQ-C30 in comparison to gender- and age-matched reference values of the general population...
August 10, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Ruth Elisa Eyl, Lena Koch-Gallenkamp, Lina Jansen, Viola Walter, Prudence Carr, Michael Hoffmeister, Jenny Chang-Claude, Hermann Brenner, Volker Arndt
PURPOSE: Since physical activity (PA) has been shown to be associated with better prognosis and quality of life (QOL) in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, this study focuses on the barriers of PA among CRC survivors. METHODS: This study is based on a population-based study from Germany of 1343 women and men, diagnosed with CRC between 2003 and 2008 and being alive five years later. Multivariable logistic regression was used to explore associations between baseline as well as five-year follow-up (5YFU) characteristics and physical inactivity (PIA) at 5YFU...
August 10, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
E A Fallon, D Driscoll, T S Smith, K Richardson, K Portier
PURPOSE: To describe (a) the conceptualization, purpose, and features of The American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network® (CSN; ), (b) the ongoing two-phase evaluation process of CSN, and (c) the characteristics of CSN members. METHODS: An online opt-in self-report survey of CSN members (N = 4762) was conducted and digital metrics of site use were collected. RESULTS: Annually, CSN attracts over 3.6 million unique users from over 200 countries/territories...
August 6, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Damien Bennett, Therese Kearney, David W Donnelly, Amy Downing, Penny Wright, Sarah Wilding, Richard Wagland, Eila Watson, Adam Glaser, Anna Gavin
PURPOSE: To investigate factors associated with job loss and early retirement in men diagnosed with prostate cancer (PCa) 18-42 months previously. METHODS: Men ≤ 60 years at diagnosis who completed the Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis (LAPCD) survey were identified. Men who moved from employment at diagnosis to unemployment (EtoU) or retirement (EtoR) at survey (18-42 months post-diagnosis) were compared to men remaining in employment (EtoE). Sociodemographic, clinical and patient-reported factors were analysed in univariable and multivariable analysis...
July 30, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Pragati Advani, Melissa Bondy, Patricia A Thompson, María Elena Martínez, Jesse N Nodora, Sally W Vernon, Pamela Diamond, Jason Burnett, Abenaa M Brewster
PURPOSE: Given the increasing number and diversity of cancer survivors in the USA and persistent racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer care, we sought to examine the role of acculturation in adherence to recommended surgical treatment and survivorship care recommendations. METHODS: Study participants included 343 Mexican American women with stage I to III breast cancer who participated in the Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study and were treated at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, between March 2007 and June 2011...
July 25, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Joseph L Benci, Carolyn C Vachani, Christina Bach, Karen Arnold-Korzeniowski, Margaret K Hampshire, James M Metz, Christine E Hill-Kayser
PURPOSE: To understand what factors influence whether a cancer survivor will share their survivorship care plan (SCP) with their healthcare provider (HCP). METHODS: We used data from 3231 cancer survivors who utilized the OncoLink SCP resource between 2009 and 2016. Random forest and stepwise regression were used to identify predictors of SCP satisfaction and barriers to survivors sharing their care plans with their HCPs. RESULTS: Eighty-seven percent of users rated their satisfaction with their SCP as good or better; however, only 70% of survivors planned to share their SCP with their HCP...
July 3, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Julia R Berian, Amanda Cuddy, Amanda B Francescatti, Linda O'Dwyer, Y Nancy You, Robert J Volk, George J Chang
The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake. The online supplementary files are missing. The complete version of online supplementary materials are published with this erratum.
June 27, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Momcilo Jankovic, Riccardo Haupt, John J Spinetta, Joern D Beck, Julianne Byrne, Gabriele Calaminus, Herwig Lackner, Andrea Biondi, Kevin Oeffinger, Melissa Hudson, Roderick Skinner, Gregory Reaman, Helena van der Pal, Leontien Kremer, Jaap den Hartogh, Gisela Michel, Eva Frey, Edit Bardi, Michael Hawkins, Katie Rizvi, Monica Terenziani, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Gerlind Bode, Meriel Jenney, Florent de Vathaire, Stanislaw Garwicz, Gill A Levitt, Desiree Grabow, Claudia E Kuehni, Martin Schrappe, Lars Hjorth
PURPOSE: The number of persons who have successfully completed treatment for a cancer diagnosed during childhood and who have entered adulthood is increasing over time, and former patients will become aging citizens. METHODS: Ten years ago, an expert panel met in Erice, Italy, to produce a set of principles concerning the cure and care of survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. The result was the Erice Statement (Haupt et al. Eur J Cancer 43(12):1778-80, 2007) that was translated into nine languages...
June 26, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Emily L Mueller, Elyse R Park, Anne C Kirchhoff, Karen Kuhlthau, Paul C Nathan, Giselle K Perez, Julia Rabin, Raymond Hutchinson, Kevin C Oeffinger, Leslie L Robison, Gregory T Armstrong, Wendy M Leisenring, Karen Donelan
PURPOSE: Survivors of childhood cancer require life-long outpatient healthcare, which may be impacted by health insurance. This study sought to understand survivors' utilization of outpatient healthcare provider services. METHODS: The study examined cross-sectional survey data using an age-stratified sample from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study of self-reported annual use of outpatient services. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to identify risk factors associated with utilization of services...
June 25, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Lindsay F Schwartz, Clarence H Braddock, Roy L Kao, Myung-Shin Sim, Jacqueline N Casillas
PURPOSE: There is a paucity of formal clinician education concerning cancer survivorship care, which produces care barriers and poorer outcomes for survivors of childhood cancer. To address this, we implemented a curriculum in childhood cancer survivorship care for pediatric residents at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). We examined the efficacy of this curriculum following program completion. METHODS: A case-based curriculum was created and integrated within existing educational structures using Kern's model...
June 25, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Linda O'Neill, Jonathan Moran, Emer M Guinan, John V Reynolds, Juliette Hussey
PURPOSE: The management of oesophageal and gastric cancer can cause significant physical decline, impacting on completion rates and outcomes. This systematic review aimed to (i) determine the impact of chemotherapy, chemoradiotherapy and surgery on physical function; (ii) identify associations between physical function and post-operative outcomes; and (iii) examine the effects of rehabilitation on physical function. METHODS: We included randomised controlled trials (RCT), non-RCTs of interventions and cohort studies that measured physical function by objective means in patients with oesophageal or gastric cancer...
August 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Hazel B Nichols, Chelsea Anderson, Kathryn J Ruddy, Kristin Z Black, Barbara Luke, Stephanie M Engel, Jennifer E Mersereau
PURPOSE: Annually, > 45,000 US women are diagnosed with cancer during adolescence and young adulthood (AYA). Since 2006, national guidelines have recommended fertility counseling for cancer patients. We examined childbirth after AYA cancer by calendar period, cancer diagnosis, and maternal characteristics. METHODS: We identified a cohort of women with an incident invasive AYA cancer diagnosis at ages 15-39 during 2000-2013 in North Carolina. Cancer records were linked with statewide birth certificates through 2014...
August 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Karen L Syrjala, Jean C Yi, Samantha B Artherholt, Joan M Romano, Marie-Laure Crouch, Allison S Fiscalini, Mark T Hegel, Mary E D Flowers, Paul J Martin, Wendy M Leisenring
PURPOSE: This randomized controlled trial examines the efficacy of INSPIRE, an INternet-based Survivorship Program with Information and REsources, with or without problem-solving treatment (PST) telehealth calls, for survivors after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). METHODS: All adult survivors who met eligibility criteria were approached for consent. Participants completed patient-reported outcomes at baseline and 6 months. Those with baseline impaired scores on one or more of the outcomes were randomized to INSPIRE, INSPIRE + PST, or control with delayed INSPIRE access...
August 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Victoria J Bray, Haryana M Dhillon, Janette L Vardy
PURPOSE: Cognitive symptoms are common in cancer patients, with up to 70% reporting cognitive symptoms following chemotherapy. These symptoms can have a major impact on how an individual functions in all aspects of their lives. This review evaluates self-reported cognitive function and its associations with neuropsychological tests and patient-reported outcomes in adult cancer patients who received chemotherapy treatment for a solid cancer. METHODS: A search of multiple databases (Medline, Ovid at Nursing, PsycINFO, Allied and Complementary Medicine) from 1936 to 2017 was conducted, identifying 1563 unique articles, of which 101 met inclusion criteria...
August 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Giselle K Perez, Anne C Kirchhoff, Christopher Recklitis, Kevin R Krull, Karen A Kuhlthau, Paul C Nathan, Julia Rabin, Gregory T Armstrong, Wendy Leisenring, Leslie L Robison, Elyse R Park
PURPOSE: To describe and compare the prevalence of mental health access, preference, and use among pediatric cancer survivors and their siblings. To identify factors associated with mental health access and use among survivors. METHODS: Six hundred ninety-eight survivors in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (median age = 39.4; median years from diagnosis = 30.8) and 210 siblings (median age = 40.4) were surveyed. Outcomes included having mental health insurance coverage, delaying care due to cost, perceived value of mental health benefits, and visiting a mental health provider in the past year...
August 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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