Does social support at home moderate the association between social support at work and work functioning among cancer patients?
ConclusionsSupervisor social support is associated with better work functioning regardless of social support at home, while colleague social support is only associated with better work functioning when cancer patients experience enough social support at home.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsOccupational physicians may play a key role in creating awareness that social support at work and at home are beneficial for cancer patients ’ work functioning. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 24, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Telehealth in cancer care during COVID-19: disparities by age, race/ethnicity, and residential status
ConclusionsOur findings underscore reduced uptake of telehealth, especially video, among potentially vulnerable patient populations. Future research should evaluate reasons for differential telehealth utilization and whether visit modality (in-person versus video versus phone) affects cancer outcomes.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsA long-term cancer care model with integrated telehealth elements needs to account for specific barriers for vulnerable populations. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Association between peripheral neuropathy and sleep quality among colorectal cancer patients from diagnosis until 2-year follow-up: results from the PROFILES registry
AbstractPurposeStudies on the association between peripheral neuropathy (PN) and patient-reported outcomes have mostly overlooked sleep quality. Therefore, we aimed to assess the association between PN and sleep quality in a population-based sample of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients up 2  years after diagnosis.MethodsAll newly diagnosed CRC patients from four Dutch hospitals were eligible for participation. Patients (N = 340) completed questionnaires about PN (EORTC QLQ-CIPN20) and sleep (PSQI) before initial treatment (baseline) and 1 and 2 years after diagnosis.ResultsPatients who developed senso...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The prevalence and risk of symptom and function clusters in colorectal cancer survivors
ConclusionNearly one-third of colorectal cancer survivors experienced a cluster of physical and psychosocial symptoms that co-occur with clinically relevant deficits in function.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsImproving the identification of risk factors for having the highest symptom and lowest function profile can inform the development of clinical interventions to mitigate their adverse impact on cancer survivors ’ HRQOL. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 17, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effectiveness and implementation of models of cancer survivorship care: an overview of systematic reviews
ConclusionsDespite evidence regarding the equivalent effectiveness of nurse-led, primary care-led, or shared care models, these models are not widely adopted, and evidence-based recommendations to guide implementation are required. Further research is needed to address effectiveness in understudied domains of care and outcomes and across different population groups.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsRather than aiming for an optimal “one-size fits all” model of survivorship care, applying the most appropriate model in distinct contexts can improve outcomes and healthcare efficiency. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 16, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A systematic mixed studies review of fear of cancer recurrence in families and caregivers of adults diagnosed with cancer
ConclusionsFCR in caregivers is prevalent, persistent and burdensome. Younger caregivers of survivors with worse overall health or FCR are at the greatest risk. Further research on identifying and treating caregivers ’ FCR is required.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsCaregiver and survivor FCR are similarly impactful and appear interrelated. Addressing FCR may improve outcomes for both cancer caregivers and survivors. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 11, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Determinants of sleep quality in 5835 individuals living with and beyond breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer: a cross-sectional survey
ConclusionsThe findings suggest that there may be a need to develop sleep quality interventions for cancer survivors with obesity. Even after adjustment for multiple clinical and demographic factors, BMI (particularly obesity) was associated with poor sleep. Thus, researchers and health professionals should find ways to support individuals with overweight and obesity to improve their sleep quality.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsThe present findings highlight that poor sleep is a common issue in cancer survivors. Interventions seeking to improve outcomes for cancer survivors over the longer term should consider sleep qual...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 9, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Factors associated with the comprehensive needs of caregivers of childhood cancer survivors in Korea
AbstractPurposeCaregivers of childhood cancer survivors (CCS) have diverse needs, which should be addressed to provide comprehensive cancer care. We aimed to evaluate the unmet needs of caregivers of CCS.MethodsThe subjects were 700 caregivers recruited at three major hospitals in South Korea. We collected study data using self-administered questionnaires and a thorough review of medical records. We assessed the unmet needs of caregivers using the comprehensive needs assessment tool for cancer caregivers and evaluated factors associated with the highest tertile range of unmet needs by multiple logistic regression analysis....
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 6, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Is stroke incidence increased in survivors of adult cancers? A systematic review and meta-analysis
ConclusionsStroke incidence is significantly increased after diagnosis of certain cancers.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsCardiovascular risk should be assessed during cancer survivorship care, with attention to modifying shared cancer/cardiovascular risk factors. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 5, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Evaluation of an electronic psycho-oncological adaptive screening program (EPAS) with immediate patient feedback: findings from a German cluster intervention study
AbstractPurposeDistress screening has become mandatory and essential in comprehensive cancer care. We evaluated an electronic psycho-oncological adaptive screening (EPAS) which assesses objective indicators of care needs and subjectively perceived care needs and subsequently  provides patient feedback with individualized recommendations about psychosocial care services.MethodsPatients were assessed within clusters, i.e., different oncological facilities of the competence network of the University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH). Patients in the intervention arm underwent the screening, controls received standard care. Pa...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Large-scale North American cancer survivorship surveys: 2011 –2019 update
ConclusionsExisting data are  available for researchers to explore new knowledge to enhance cancer survivorship quality care. This is an opportunity to fully utilize existing data to answer survivorship questions in a cost effective manner.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsSurvivors should be encouraged to participate in research studies as these data can close the gap in our knowledge and care of this growing population. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - November 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Correction to: Sensory signs and symptoms in women with self-reported breast cancer –related lymphedema: a case–control study
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Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 30, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effects of a WeChat-based multimodal psychoeducational intervention on psychological well-being and quality of life in acute leukaemia patients in China: a randomised controlled trial
This study evaluated the effects of a WeChat-based multimodal psychoeducational intervention (ICARE programme) on fatigue, distress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life (QoL) among adult AL patients.MethodsIn total, 72 participants were randomly assigned either to an intervention or control group (n = 36), respectively, from two large tertiary hospitals in Fuzhou, China (from April to December 2019). Data were collected at baseline, post-intervention, and after a 4-week follow-up using the Brief Fatigue Inventory, Distress Thermometer, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Functional Assessment of C...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 27, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sexual health-related care needs among young adult cancer patients and survivors: a systematic literature review
ConclusionsThe extent of needs related to sexual health varies among young adult patients and survivors, but types of needs center around improving provision of support and information by providers.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsSexual health should routinely be addressed alongside other potential effects of cancer treatment to allow for constructive conversations between patients and providers. Referrals to (online) resources or specialists should be tailored to individual preferences. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Strategies to self-manage side-effects of adjuvant endocrine therapy among breast cancer survivors: an umbrella review of empirical evidence and clinical guidelines
ConclusionsMost self-management strategies for breast cancer survivors experiencing side-effects from AET lack evidence. Primary research is needed using high-quality well-powered designs focusing on implementable strategies.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsPatients and clinicians should be aware that although the risk of harm is low for these self-management strategies, the likelihood of benefit is often unclear. Women should consider moisturisers, gels or lubricants for self-managing vulvovaginal symptoms, and yoga or aerobic exercise for alleviating fatigue. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 18, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Disparities in healthcare utilization and access by length of cancer survivorship among population-based female cancer survivors
ConclusionsRacial/ethnic disparities exist among female cancer survivors for perceived health status and certain healthcare utilization outcomes, with some differences observed by length of cancer survivorship.Implications for Cancer Survivors.This study can begin to inform cancer survivorship care for medically vulnerable women along the cancer continuum. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 18, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Association between aspects of social support and health-related quality of life domains among African American and White breast cancer survivors
Abstract  PurposeSocial support is associated with breast cancer survivors ’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). More nuanced information is needed regarding aspects of social support associated with different HRQoL domains among diverse populations. We assessed the association between emotional/informational and tangible support and five HRQoL domains and evaluated race as an effect modifier.MethodsAfrican American and White women (n = 545) diagnosed with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer completed a survey that assessed sociodemographic, clinical, and psychosocial factors. We assessed b...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 16, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Change in worry over time among Hispanic women with thyroid cancer
ConclusionsSome Hispanic women with thyroid cancer have persistently high worry, with young adult Hispanic women vulnerable to worry about recurrence.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsHispanic women with thyroid cancer may benefit from targeted psychosocial support during survivorship, with interventions informed by patient and cancer characteristics. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 11, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Physiological and psychosocial correlates of cancer-related fatigue
ConclusionsThe present study utilised a comprehensive group of gold-standard physiological and psychosocial assessments and the results give potential insight into the mechanisms underpinning the association between physical inactivity, physical deconditioning and CRF.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsGiven the associations between CRF and both physiological and psychosocial measures, this study identifies targets that can be measured by rehabilitation professionals and used to guide tailored interventions to reduce fatigue. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 5, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The current status of survivorship care provision at the state level: a Wisconsin-based assessment
ConclusionsServices and specialties related to behavioral health, fertility/sexual health, and rehabilitation and physical activity varied between sites. Such services may be offered less often due to variable insurance coverage.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsPolicy solutions should be explored to increase insurance coverage and provision rates of necessary survivorship services to keep up with the projected increase in demand. Given imperfect and evolving measurement tools to assess needs for cancer survivorship care services, cancer survivors should feel empowered to voice when they have unmet needs and request referra...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 5, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Postoperative quality of life and therapy-related impairments of oral cancer in relation to time –distance since treatment
ConclusionsTherapy-related impairments change during the postoperative course based on the time –distance since surgery. The general QoL may not markedly vary; however, single impairments, to some extent, can increase or decrease.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsContinuous adaptation of supportive cancer therapy is required during follow-up to sufficiently address individual treatment needs. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 5, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Identifying the unmet supportive care needs of people affected by kidney cancer: a systematic review
ConclusionsThere was a wide range of unmet supportive care needs experienced by people diagnosed with kidney cancer. A prominent focus was on psychological and physical needs. Further research is needed to understand how clinical (stage/treatment) and demographic (age/socio-economic/ethnicity) variables may moderate or mediate the relationship with unmet needs over time. With many unmet needs identified, this review provides a starting place to inform future work to address the complex unmet supportive care needs of people affected by kidney cancer.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsIndividuals living with kidney cancer have...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - October 1, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Cancer survivorship care for young adults: a risk-stratified, multicenter randomized controlled trial to improve symptoms
ConclusionsDistress improved for YAs who received self-management survivorship care. However, the study demonstrates a need for alternative strategies for providing YA survivorship care.Trial registrationNCT02192333Implications for Cancer SurvivorsWhile YA survivors demonstrate some improved distress when provided survivorship care, to make care accessible and effective, they require options such as remote delivery of care. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Correction to: Preventive service utilization among low ‑income cancer survivors
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Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 21, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A cross-sectional assessment of long-term effects in adolescent and young adult head and neck cancer survivors treated with radiotherapy
ConclusionsSurvivors of AYA H&N cancer treated with RT reported numerous long-term complications. Comprehensive follow-up and screening guidelines should be established for this at-risk population.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsAYA H&N cancer survivors and their primary care practitioners should be educated on screening recommendations  and the risk of late effects. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Associations between alcohol consumption and anxiety, depression, and health-related quality of life in colorectal cancer survivors
AbstractPurposeAlcohol consumption is a major risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC). It is currently poorly understood, however, how alcohol and different alcoholic beverage types are related to psychosocial outcomes in CRC survivors.MethodsWe used data ofN = 910 CRC survivors from the pooled EnCoRe and PROCORE cohorts and harmonized them into five time points: at diagnosis and 3, 6, 12, and 24 months post-diagnosis. Generalized estimated equation models were used to examine longitudinal associations of alcohol consumption, including consumption of beer, wine, and liquor, with anxiety, depression, and ...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 16, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Yoga for chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy pain: a pilot, randomized controlled trial
AbstractPurposeTo determine the feasibility of implementing a yoga intervention for cancer survivors with chronic CIPN pain, as well as the impact of the intervention on patient-reported outcomes.MethodsCancer survivors with chronic CIPN pain were recruited from the breast, gastrointestinal, and gynecological oncology centers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Participants were randomized (2:1) to receive an 8-week yoga intervention or usual care. After 21/50 of participants were enrolled, the COVID-19 pandemic required the yoga intervention to be delivered virtually (i.e., Zoom). Pre- and post-intervention, participants sel...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 15, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Evaluation of two strategies to implement physical cancer rehabilitation guidelines for survivors of abdominopelvic cavity tumors: a controlled before-and-after study
ConclusionImplementation strategies containing tools enhancing patient empowerment seem to be effective in increasing the systematic screening with the DT for survivors of abdominopelvic cavity malignancies. Further research is needed to assess the additional effectiveness of strategies that stimulate compliance among healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsUsing implementation strategies containing tools enhancing patient empowerment seem to be effective in increasing the systematic screening with the DT and might improve the quality of care of patients who have survived abdo...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 14, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Predicting physical activity change in cancer survivors: an application of the Health Action Process Approach
AbstractPurposePrevious research has not examined the utility of the Health Action Process Approach (HAPA) to predict physical activity (PA) change in cancer survivors. The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy of a HAPA-based model in predicting temporal change in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in cancer survivors.MethodsParticipants enrolled in the Wearable Activity Technology and Action Planning (WATAAP) trial completed validated questionnaires (n = 64) to assess HAPA constructs (action and maintenance self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, action planning, risk perceptions, and int...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 13, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient activation and treatment decision-making in the context of cancer: examining the contribution of informal caregivers ’ involvement
AbstractPurposeThe present work investigated the relationship between patient activation, treatment decision-making, and adherence to the prescribed treatment regimen. Given the role of informal caregivers in patient-reported outcomes, it was additionally assessed whether caregiver involvement acted as a moderator of this relationship.MethodsSurvey data collected from 504 cancer survivors were utilized. Structural equation modeling (SEM) controlling for covariates was used to examine the relationship between patient activation measure (PAM), caregiver involvement, and the identified outcomes. Moderator analysis was conduct...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 12, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Implementation barriers to integrating exercise as medicine in oncology: an ecological scoping review
ConclusionsImplementing exercise into routine cancer care is hindered by a web of interrelated barriers across all levels of the healthcare system. Organizational barriers are central to most issues. Future work should take an interdisciplinary approach to explore best practices for overcoming implementation barriers, with organizations as a central focus.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsThis blueprint of implementation barriers highlights critical issues that need to be overcome to ensure people with cancer have access to the therapeutic benefits of exercise during treatment and beyond. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 12, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The burden of colorectal cancer survivors in the Netherlands: costs, utilities, and associated patient characteristics
ConclusionsThis study shows a considerable burden of CRC survivors 2 –10 years after diagnosis, in comparison with survivors sooner after diagnosis and with healthy individuals in the Netherlands.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsLong-term care of CRC survivors should focus on improving the societal burden by identifying modifiable factors, as summarized in the WCRF/AICR lifestyle score, including body composition, physical activity, and diet. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 11, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Supporting breast cancer survivors via text messages: reach, acceptability, and utility of EMPOWER-SMS
This study aims to evaluate the reach, usefulness, acceptability, and factors influencing engagement with a lifestyle-focused text message intervention to support women ’s mental and physical health after breast cancer treatment.MethodsThis study uses a mixed-methods process evaluation nested in the EMPOWER-SMS randomised controlled trial (n = 160; interventionn = 80, wait-list controln = 80). Data sources included screening logs, text message delivery software analytics, intervention feedback survey, and focus groups (n = 16), which were summarised thematically...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 9, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A qualitative study of online information-seeking preferences among cancer survivors
ConclusionsSurvivors ’ online health information needs require streamlined cancer information resources that are disaggregated by cancer type, stage, and treatment course and located on websites with aesthetic and usability features that facilitate expedient searches for personally relevant cancer information.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsThis study provides useful perspectives of cancer survivors that may inform the development of online cancer resources to better serve this population. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 9, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Physical activity interventions using behaviour change theories for women with breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis
AbstractPurposePhysical activity is a well-established strategy to alleviate breast cancer-related adverse outcomes. To optimise health benefits, behaviour change theories provide frameworks to support women in improving their physical activity. This review aimed to evaluate (i) the effects of behaviour change theory-based physical activity interventions for women with breast cancer and (ii) the application of these theories.MethodsSeven online databases were searched. Trials were included if randomised and controlled, involved physical activity interventions  ≥ 12 weeks duration, used a behaviour cha...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 7, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Perspectives of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: review of community-based discussion boards
ConclusionsOur study found that AYA cancer survivors and their family/friends expressed concerns in several survivorship care domains. Physical and psychosocial issues were most prevalent.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsInterventions tailored towards identifying and addressing the continued unmet needs of AYA cancer survivors are needed. Use of social media may provide opportunities to access this patient population for both clinical and research interventions. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - September 2, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Future research in cancer survivorship
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Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 30, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sensory signs and symptoms in women with self-reported breast cancer –related lymphedema: a case–control study close up
Abstract   PurposeIt is not clear to what extent signs and symptoms other than arm swelling, including pain, altered sensory function, and body perception disturbances, differ between women with measurable and non-measurable breast cancer –related lymphedema (BCRL). A case–control study was performed to compare these signs and symptoms between (1) women with self-reported BCRL with objectively measurable swelling; (2) women with self-reported BCRL without objective confirmation; and (3) a control group with no self-reported BCRL.MethodsThe three groups were compared for (1) the severity of self-report...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 28, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Feasibility of a yoga, aerobic and stretching-toning exercise program for adult cancer survivors: the STAYFit trial
ConclusionsOverall, the yoga intervention was highly feasible and acceptable. The feasibility parameters from this trial can aid researchers in estimating recruitment rates for desired sample sizes to successfully randomize and retain cancer survivors in short- and long-term yoga-based efficacy and effectiveness trials. The findings also provide evidence to clinicians who can recommend up to 150  min of a combination of exercises—aerobic, yoga, or stretching-toning to their cancer patients in order to improve health and wellbeing during cancer survivorship. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 28, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Resignation and return to work in patients receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation close up
ConclusionsOverall, the rate of resignation was 41%, and the most frequent timing of resignation was after discharge post-HCT, accounting for approximately half of the resignations (46%). Workplace accommodations increased the rate of return to work from 52% to 76%.Implications for Cancer survivorsEarly detection of employment-related concerns and support throughout the treatment process are necessary for patients receiving allo-HCT. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 27, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Investigating how cancer-related symptoms influence work outcomes among cancer survivors: a systematic review
ConclusionSeveral cancer-related symptoms were consistently associated with inferior work outcomes among cancer survivors. Body image issues and oral dysfunction were shown to be associated with poorer employment rates, while fatigue and depression were linked to lower levels of work performance.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsFailure to return to work and decreased productivity post-cancer treatment can have negative consequences for cancer survivors and society at large. Findings from this review will guide the development of work rehabilitation programs for cancer survivors.Protocol registrationPROSPERO identifier CRD4...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 23, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Association between employment status change and depression and anxiety in allogeneic stem cell transplant caregivers
AbstractPurposeAllogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (Allo-HSCT) is a demanding treatment that requires caregiver support during the first 100  days post-transplant. Little is known about the association between caregivers’ employment changes and their well-being during this lengthy and challenging time when caregivers may be balancing work with caregiving responsibilities.MethodsWe used data from employed caregivers of Allo-HSCT patients who participated in two randomized clinical trials (N = 187) of an intervention for caregivers. Caregiver depression and anxiety were assessed using ...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 21, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Disability pension among gynaecological cancer survivors with or without radiation-induced survivorship syndromes
AbstractPurposeGynaecological cancer patients treated with external radiation therapy to the pelvis may face long-lasting and long-term gastrointestinal syndromes. The aim of this study was to assess the association between such radiation-induced survivorship syndromes and disability pension among gynaecological cancer survivors treated with pelvic radiation therapy.MethodsThis prospective register study included gynaecological cancer survivors (n=247) treated during 1991 –2003, alive at the time of the study, and
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Preventive service utilization among low-income cancer survivors
ConclusionsCancer survivors were more likely to be up-to-date with preventive care than their matched counterparts. However, mental health and substance abuse screenings were low in both groups, despite reports of increased mental health conditions among cancer survivors.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsWith the growing number of cancer survivors in the USA, efforts are needed to ensure their access to and utilization of preventive services, especially related to behavioral and mental healthcare. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The impact of chemotherapy-induced inner ear damage on quality of life in cancer survivors: a qualitative study
ConclusionsOtotoxicity can have a negative impact on QoL, specifically on social life and the fear of hearing loss and/or tinnitus worsening. There are opportunities for increased awareness by patients and clinicians, including improved information sources, and hearing monitoring not only  for those undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy but many others surviving after treatment for cancer.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsBetter monitoring of hearing and information about ototoxicity during chemotherapy could potentially reduce the fear of the symptoms of ototoxicity worsening. Furthermore, hearing monitoring wou...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 16, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Returning to work by thyroid cancer survivors 5 years after diagnosis: the VICAN survey
ConclusionThis study highlights that, despite a good prognostic, up to 12.3% of TC survivors had not returned to work and 61.6% reported an income decline, 5 years post-diagnosis. Weight gain, fatigue, to be a woman and working-type arrangement were associated with higher probability of not returning to work.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsTC affects a young working population. Our study identified potentially vulnerable TC survivors and important modifiable factors which may help TC survivors to be professionally active and, therefore, increase their overall quality of life. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 12, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Initial encoding deficits with intact memory retention in older long-term breast cancer survivors
ConclusionsOlder long-term breast cancer survivors exhibit a consistent pattern of initial encoding deficits, but memory retention was comparable to controls. Future research should consider the role of encoding deficits and age-related factors when evaluating cognitive function in older survivors.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsCommonly reported memory problems may stem from encoding deficits in older long-term cancer survivors. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 6, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Assessing unmet needs in advanced cancer patients: a systematic review of the development, content, and quality of available instruments
ConclusionsMany instruments are available to assess unmet needs in advanced cancer. There is extensive heterogeneity in their development, content, and quality.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsGiven the growth of precision and biological therapies, research needs to explore how these instruments perform in capturing the needs of people using such therapies. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 6, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effects of tandem cognitive behavioral therapy and healthy lifestyle interventions on health-related outcomes in cancer survivors: a systematic review
ConclusionFindings were biased with the overrepresentation of breast cancer survivors, and underrepresentation of minority groups, and those with advanced cancer. Thus, this review highlights the need for further research to test tandem interventions against CBT alone and HL alone, and toward identifying the most efficacious interventions for dissemination and implementation across diverse groups of cancer survivors.Implications for cancer survivorsTandem CBT/HL interventions can improve health-related outcomes for cancer survivors when compared to usual care, but there is a paucity of knowledge to suggest differential out...
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 6, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Is YouTube a high-quality source of information on cancer rehabilitation?
ConclusionThe results showed that most of the rated videos were of low-quality and didn ’t provide sufficient information on the topic discussed. Higher-quality and more accurate YouTube videos are needed to increase awareness of CR.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsFor cancer survivors, CR-related YouTube video content often provides information of  low reliability. In this context, it is necessary to focus on the production of video content that includes clinical guides, references, and are based on clinical-based practices. (Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship)
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - August 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research