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Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice

Sylvia L Crowder, Katherine G Douglas, M Yanina Pepino, Kalika P Sarma, Anna E Arthur
PURPOSE: It is estimated that more than 90% of head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors who underwent chemoradiotherapy experience one or more nutrition impact symptoms (NIS) in the months or years thereafter. Despite the high prevalence, there is limited research addressing long-term impact of NIS on outcomes such as nutrition and quality of life in HNC survivors treated with chemoradiotherapy. IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: The prevalence and consequences of nutrition impact symptoms are substantial among head and neck cancer survivors beyond the acute phase of cancer treatment...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Deborah B Crom, Kirsten K Ness, Larry R Martinez, Michelle R Hebl, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Tara M Brinkman
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate workplace experiences and turnover intention (consideration of leaving or changing a job) and to examine factors associated with turnover intention among survivors. METHODS: Adult survivors of childhood cancer with a history of employment (n = 289) completed measures of workplace experiences (n = 50, 18-29 years; n = 183, 30-44 years; n = 56; > 45 years of age at follow-up). Turnover intention was assessed using three items from the Job Satisfaction Scale...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Bo Qin, Adana A M Llanos, Yong Lin, Elizabeth A Szamreta, Jesse J Plascak, Hannah Oh, Karen Pawlish, Christine B Ambrosone, Kitaw Demissie, Chi-Chen Hong, Elisa V Bandera
PURPOSE: Self-reported weight, height, and body mass index (BMI) are commonly used in cancer epidemiology studies, but information on the validity of self-reports among cancer survivors is lacking. This study aimed to evaluate the validity of these self-reported measures among African American (AA) breast cancer survivors, known to have high obesity prevalence. METHODS: We compared the self-reported and measured values among 243 participants from the Women's Circle of Health Follow-Up Study (WCHFS), a population-based longitudinal study of AA breast cancer survivors...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Amanda Gehrke, Sukhyung Steve Lee, Karrie Hilton, Barbara Ganster, Rebecca Trupp, Corinne McCullough, Elizabeth Mott, Michael Feuerstein
PURPOSE: Despite advancements in care, cancer survivors continue to report unmet needs following active cancer treatment. The Cancer Survivor Profile-Breast Cancer (CSPro-BC) application (app) was developed to help address these needs, using breast cancer survivors (BCS) as a pilot group. This paper describes the app development, BCS and nurse perceptions of the app, and changes made based on this feedback. METHODS: The CSPro-BC app was developed for use on an iPad and includes (1) administration of a 15-20-min survey assessing 18 needs, (2) generation of a profile of needs, relative to a reference group of BCS (median 2 years post-treatment), and (3) provision of problem-specific online resources...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Maria Olsson, Gunnar Steineck, Karin Enskär, Ulrica Wilderäng, Marianne Jarfelt
PURPOSE: Previous research has established that treatments for cancer can result in short- and long-term effects on sexual function in adult cancer patients. The purpose was to investigate patient-reported physical and psychosexual complications in adolescents and young adults after they have undergone treatment for cancer. METHODS: In this population-based study, a study-specific questionnaire was developed by a method used in several previous investigations carried out by our research group, Clinical Cancer Epidemiology...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
C S Kampshoff, J M van Dongen, W van Mechelen, G Schep, A Vreugdenhil, J W R Twisk, J E Bosmans, J Brug, M J M Chinapaw, Laurien M Buffart
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the long-term effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of high intensity (HI) versus low-to-moderate intensity (LMI) exercise on physical fitness, fatigue, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in cancer survivors. METHODS: Two hundred seventy-seven cancer survivors participated in the Resistance and Endurance exercise After ChemoTherapy (REACT) study and were randomized to 12 weeks of HI (n = 139) or LMI exercise (n = 138) that had similar exercise types, durations, and frequencies, but different intensities...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Dong-Woo Kang, Eun-Young Lee, Ki Yong An, Jihee Min, Justin Y Jeon, Kerry S Courneya
PURPOSE: To examine the associations between physical activity, metabolic risk factors, and comorbidities in Korean cancer survivors. METHODS: We used multiple cross-sectional data sets from the 2007-2013 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (KNHANES) that included 1225 cancer survivors. Physical activity and comorbidities were self-reported. Metabolic risk factors were measured via blood analyses and included fasting glucose, insulin, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Ilana Graetz, Caitlin N McKillop, Edward Stepanski, Gregory A Vidal, Janeane N Anderson, Lee S Schwartzberg
PURPOSE: For postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, long-term use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) significantly reduces the risk of cancer recurrence and improves survival. Still, many patients are nonadherent due to adverse side effects. We conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial to test the use of a web-based application (app) designed with and without weekly reminders for patients to report real-time symptoms and AI use outside of clinic visits with built-in alerts to patients' oncology providers...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Wei Liu, Yin Ting Cheung, Heather M Conklin, Lisa M Jacola, DeoKumar Srivastava, Vikki G Nolan, Hongmei Zhang, James G Gurney, I-Chan Huang, Leslie L Robison, Ching-Hon Pui, Melissa M Hudson, Kevin R Krull
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the evolution of neurocognitive problems from therapy completion to long-term follow-up in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy only. METHODS: We evaluated whether attention problems observed at therapy completion evolve into long-term executive dysfunction in 158 survivors treated on a single institution protocol. Treatment data (high-dose intravenous methotrexate exposure [serum concentration] and triple intrathecal chemotherapy injections) were collected...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Yvonne L Eaglehouse, Stephanie Shao, Wenyaw Chan, Derek Brown, Janna Manjelievskaia, Craig D Shriver, Kangmin Zhu
PURPOSE: This study investigates transition rates between breast cancer diagnosis, recurrence, and death by insurance benefit type and care source in U.S. Military Health System (MHS). METHODS: The MHS data repository and central cancer registry linked data were used to identify women aged 40-64 with histologically confirmed breast cancer between 2003 and 2007. Three-state continuous time Markov models were used to estimate transition rates and transition rate ratios (TRRs) by TRICARE benefit type (Prime or non-Prime) and care source (direct, purchased, or both), adjusted for demographic, tumor, and treatment variables...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Theresa H M Keegan, Lawrence H Kushi, Qian Li, Ann Brunson, X Chawla, Helen K Chew, Marcio Malogolowkin, Ted Wun
PURPOSE: Few population-based studies have focused on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in adolescent and young adult (AYA; 15-39 years) cancer survivors and none have considered whether CVD risk differs by sociodemographic factors. METHODS: Analyses focused on 79,176 AYA patients diagnosed with 14 first primary cancers in 1996-2012 and surviving > 2 years after diagnosis with follow-up through 2014. Data were obtained from the California Cancer Registry and State hospital discharge data...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Katherine W Reeves, Michael Pennell, Randi E Foraker, Carolyn J Crandall, Marcia Stefanick, Electra D Paskett
PURPOSE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, yet modifiable factors that may predict VMS among breast cancer survivors are unknown. METHODS: We estimated multivariable-adjusted odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals (aOR, 95% CI) for predictors of VMS among 3595 breast cancer survivors enrolled in the Life and Longevity after Cancer (LILAC) study, an ancillary study of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). RESULTS: VMS post-diagnosis were reported by 790 (22...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
James R Vallerand, Ryan E Rhodes, Gordon J Walker, Kerry S Courneya
BACKGROUND: Supervised exercise interventions produce the largest improvements in patient-reported outcomes in cancer survivors but their scalability has been questioned. Telephone counseling has been proposed as a more feasible alternative but its impact on exercise behavior and health outcomes have been modest. Basing telephone counseling exercise (TCE) interventions on the theoretical advances described in the multi-process action control framework (M-PAC) may improve these outcomes...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
H F Dorland, F I Abma, S K R Van Zon, R E Stewart, B C Amick, A V Ranchor, C A M Roelen, U Bültmann
PURPOSE: The aims of this study are to investigate the course of work functioning, health status, and work-related factors among cancer patients during 18 months after return to work (RTW) and to examine the associations between these variables and work functioning over time. METHODS: Data were used from the 18-month longitudinal "Work Life after Cancer" (WOLICA) cohort, among 384 cancer patients who resumed work. Linear mixed models were performed to examine the different courses during 18-month follow-up...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Ekim Ekinci, Salima Nathoo, Thushara Korattyil, Aisha Vadhariya, Hanna A Zaghloul, Polly A Niravath, Susan M Abughosh, Meghana V Trivedi
PURPOSE: Endocrine therapy reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrences and mortality in hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer survivors. However, non-adherence to treatment remains a significant problem. The aim of this study was to review current literature and ongoing trials to identify interventions employed to improve adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) in breast cancer survivors. METHODS: We searched PubMed and the National Library of Medicine registry of clinical trials using the terms "breast cancer" and "adherence" or "compliance" and "intervention" and "medication" or "endocrine therapy" or "hormone therapy" to identify published studies as well as ongoing clinical trials...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Akshat Kapoor, Priya Nambisan
PURPOSE: The specific objective of this research is to design and develop a personalized Web application to support breast cancer survivors after treatment, as they deal with post-treatment challenges, such as comorbidities and side effects of treatment. METHODOLOGY: A mixed-methods approach, utilizing a combination of think-aloud analysis, personal interviews, and surveys, was adopted for user acceptance and usability testing among a group of breast cancer survivors...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Lorraine T Dean, Kathryn H Schmitz, Kevin D Frick, Lauren H Nicholas, Yuehan Zhang, S V Subramanian, Kala Visvanathan
BACKGROUND: Consumer credit may reflect financial hardship that patients face due to cancer treatment, which in turn may impact ability to manage health after cancer; however, credit's relationship to economic burden and health after cancer has not been evaluated. METHODS: From May to September 2015, 123 women with a history of breast cancer residing in Pennsylvania or New Jersey completed a cross-sectional survey of demographics, socioeconomic position, comorbidities, SF-12 self-rated health, economic burden since cancer diagnosis, psychosocial stress, and self-reported (poor to excellent) credit quality...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Weston LaGrandeur, Julie Armin, Carol L Howe, Leila Ali-Akbarian
PURPOSE: With the focus on survivorship care-coordination between oncology and primary care providers (PCPs), there is a need to assess the research regarding the use of survivorship care plans (SCPs) and determine emerging research areas. We sought to find out how primary care physicians have been involved in the use of SCPs and determine SCP's effectiveness in improving care for cancer survivors. In this scoping review, we aimed to identify gaps in the current research and reveal opportunities for further research...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Joanna Sulicka, Agnieszka Pac, Monika Puzianowska-Kuźnicka, Tomasz Zdrojewski, Jerzy Chudek, Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk, Małgorzata Mossakowska, Anna Skalska, Andrzej Więcek, Tomasz Grodzicki
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to characterize health status of older cancer survivors using data from the population-based PolSenior study. METHODS: We compared cancer survivors and non-cancer subjects according to comorbidities, functional status, mental health, and sociodemographic factors. RESULTS: There were 286 (5.8%) cancer survivors in a population of 4943 adults aged 65 years and older. The mean age of cancer survivors was 79...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
K E Rojas, N Matthews, C Raker, M A Clark, M Onstad, A Stuckey, J Gass
PURPOSE: We sought to explore the correlation between BMI and postoperative sexual function, body image, and breast-specific sensuality before and after breast cancer surgery. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of patients at least 1 year from surgery employed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and investigator-generated questions. Patients who underwent lumpectomy (L), mastectomy (M), and mastectomy with reconstruction (MR) were compared across three BMI groups: normal weight, overweight, and obese...
February 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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