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Cancer survivors' activation to self ‐management and its relationship with participation in paid work and work‐related problems
ConclusionsPatient activation of cancer survivors deserves more attention, as a substantial proportion of these survivors have low activation levels, which relate to more work‐related problems. Longitudinal studies are needed to explore the development of patient activation over time and its potential to improve important outcomes for people living with cancer in both the health and work domains. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 6, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Pomme Maarschalkerweerd, Jany Rademakers, Mieke Rijken Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Disclosure and Insight of Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Mental Well ‐Being: A Pilot Study among Azerbaijani Women
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Gulay Mammadzada, Kerim Munir Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

A Pilot Study to Assess the Validity of the Dass ‐21 Subscales in an Outpatient Oncology Population
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Claire E Johnson, Jade Newton, Kellie S Bennett, Joseph McTigue, Scott Taylor, Toni Musiello, Peter K H Lau Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Marital adjustment in the context of female breast cancer: A systematic review
ConclusionsMost studies evidenced an association between psychosocial variables and marital adjustment for both women and their partners. Some important dimensions such as communication patterns, coping strategies, and social support dynamics were identified as potential targets for psychological interventions. Some variables, however, were explored only in a few studies which limit our conclusions. Future studies should explore the role these variables and other relational and emotional variables play in promoting marital adjustment after BC. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: T ânia Brandão, Juliana Pedro, Nuno Nunes, Nuno Nunes, Maria Emília Costa, Paula Mena Matos Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research

Mindfulness ‐Based Stress Reduction added to care as usual for lung cancer patients and/or their partners: A multi‐centre randomized controlled trial.
ConclusionOur findings suggest that psychological distress in lung cancer patients can be effectively treated with MBSR. No effect was found in partners, possibly because they were more focused on patients’ wellbeing rather than their own. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: M. P. J. Schellekens, D. G. M. Hurk, J. B. Prins, A. R. T. Donders, J. Molema, R. Dekhuijzen, M. A. Drift, A. E. M. Speckens Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Information needs and decision making preferences of older women offered a choice between surgery and primary endocrine therapy for early breast cancer
ConclusionsWomen strongly preferred face to face information. Written formats were also helpful, but not computer based resources. Information that was found helpful to women in the DM process was identified. The study demonstrates many women achieved their preferred DM style, with a preference for involvement, and expressed low levels of decision regret. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - March 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Maria Burton, Karen Kilner, Lynda Wyld, Kate Joanna Lifford, Frances Gordon, Annabel Allison, Malcolm Reed, Karen Anna Collins Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Fear of Cancer Recurrence: a Significant Concern Among Partners of Prostate Cancer Survivors.
Abstract ObjectivesThe aims of the study were to 1) describe the prevalence of fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) in partners of prostate cancer (PCa) survivors; 2) to compare the proportions of high FCR in partners with high FCR in PCa survivors; 3) to explore partners’ demographic and survivors’ clinical characteristics associated with high FCR in partners and 4) to identify the relationship between high FCR and health‐related quality of life (HRQoL) in partners. MethodsQuestionnaires were sent to partners of disease‐free PCa survivors. Outcomes included FCR severity (Cancer Worry Scale, CWS) and HRQoL (RAND...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 28, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Marieke Wal, Sim ône Langenberg, Marieke Gielissen, Belinda Thewes, Inge Oort, Judith Prins Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Treatment decision making in early ‐stage papillary thyroid cancer
ConclusionsSeveral factors influenced participants' treatment choice, with similarities and differences noted between surgery and active surveillance subsamples. Many of the emergent themes are consistent with research on decision making among localized prostate cancer patients. Findings suggest that participants from both PMC treatment subsamples are motivated to reduce illness and treatment‐related uncertainty. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Thomas A. D'Agostino, Elyse Shuk, Erin K. Maloney, Rebecca Zeuren, R. Michael Tuttle, Carma L. Bylund Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Exploring Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Refusal Among Ethnic Minorities in England: A Comparative Qualitative Study
ConclusionsEthnic differences in HPV vaccination uptake may be partly explained by concerns that were only reported by parents from some ethnic groups. Interventions to improve uptake may need to tackle difficult topics like abstinence from sex before marriage, and use a targeted format. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 22, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Alice S. Forster, Lauren Rockliffe, Laura A. V. Marlow, Helen Bedford, Emily McBride, Jo Waller Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Developing a Mindmap ‐Based Life Review Program to improve psychological well‐being of cancer patients: a feasibility study
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 22, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ying Chen, Huimin Xiao, Xiaoyan Lin Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Personality, Coping, and Social Support as Predictors of Long ‐Term Quality‐of‐Life Trajectories in Older Breast Cancer Survivors: CALGB Protocol 369901 (Alliance)
ConclusionsPersonality and social resources affect the course of long‐term emotional well‐being of older breast cancer survivors; treatment is more important for physical and cognitive than emotional function. Early identification of those vulnerable to deterioration could facilitate clinical and psychological support. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Estrella Dur á‐Ferrandis, Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, Jonathan Clapp, George Luta, Leigh Anne Faul, Gretchen Kimmick, Harvey J. Cohen, Rachel L. Yung, Arti Hurria Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Needy or resilient? How women with breast cancer think about peer support
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Melissa Legg, Stefano Occhipinti, Philippa Youl, Jeff Dunn, Suzanne K Chambers Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Regret and fear in prostate cancer: The relationship between treatment appraisals and fear of recurrence in prostate cancer survivors
ConclusionThese findings suggest that FOR may be mitigated by providing survivors with more information regarding treatment choices and the treatment itself so that men can make well‐informed decisions and experience less future regret.Sensitivity analysis for variables predicting FOR among prostate cancer survivors is not suspected of having a recurrence. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Rebecca Maguire, Paul Hanly, Frances J. Drummond, Anna Gavin, Linda Sharp Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Quality of patient ‐centred care: Medical oncology patients' perceptions and characteristics associated with quality of care
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Flora Tzelepis, Joseph H. Hanna, Christine L. Paul, Allison W. Boyes, Mariko L. Carey, Timothy Regan Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Exploring characteristics, predictors, and consequences of fear of cancer recurrence among Asian ‐American breast cancer survivors
Abstract BackgroundTo 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 among Asian‐American breast cancer survivors (BCS). MethodsA total of 208 diverse Asian‐American BCS completed T1 survey, and 137 completed T2 survey after 1 year. ResultsFear of cancer recurrence scores (range = 0‐4) were 2.01 at T1 and 1.99 at T2 reflecting low‐to‐moderate FCR. Scores of FCR were stable over the 1‐year period (t(126) = .144, P = .886). Multiple regression analyses showed ...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Kimlin Tam Ashing, Dalnim Cho, Lily Lai, Sophia Yeung, Lucy Young, Christina Yeon, Yuman Fong Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Care ‐related predictors for negative intrusive thoughts after prostate cancer diagnosis—data from the prospective LAPPRO trial
ConclusionsOur findings showed an association of preoperative uncertainty of cure as well as low preparedness for well‐known surgery‐induced symptoms with higher occurrence of negative intrusive thoughts about prostate cancer. Future studies should examine if interventions designed to have healthcare professionals inform patients about their upcoming prostatectomy reduce patients' negative intrusive thoughts and thereby, improve their psychological well‐being. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Thordis Thorsteinsdottir, Heiddis Valdimarsdottir, Arna Hauksdottir, Johan Stranne, Ulrica Wilder äng, Eva Haglind, Gunnar Steineck Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Author Index
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Author Index Source Type: research

Posters
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Posters Source Type: research

Symposia
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Symposia Source Type: research

Issue Information
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 7, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Issue Information Source Type: research

Predicting Changes in Adaptive Functioning and Behavioral Adjustment following Treatment for a Pediatric Brain Tumor: A Report From the Brain Radiation Investigative Study Consortium
ConclusionsChildren may be vulnerable to reduced adaptive functioning following pediatric brain tumor treatment, especially in practical skills. Assessing pre‐diagnosis functioning and diagnostic and treatment‐related variables may improve our ability to predict those at greatest risk, although those factors may be less helpful in identifying children likely to develop behavioral difficulties. Screening of these factors in tertiary care and long‐term follow up settings may improve identification of those at greatest need for support services. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - February 6, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Kristen R. Hoskinson, Kelly R. Wolfe, Keith Owen Yeates, E. Mark Mahone, Kim M. Cecil, M. Douglas Ris Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Levels of unmet needs and distress amongst adolescents and young adults (AYAs) impacted by familial cancer
ConclusionsAustralian AYA siblings and offspring impacted by familial cancer experience high levels and numbers of unmet needs and substantial distress. Strong associations were found between increased distress and more unmet needs. Distress levels were comparable to AYAs seeking treatment for mental health issues. Insights into the type and number of needs experienced by AYA siblings and offspring will facilitate development and delivery of targeted, age‐appropriate interventions and resources for these vulnerable and underserved young people. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: P. Patterson, F. E. J. McDonald, K. J. White, A. Walczak, P. N. Butow Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Behind the bright headlines, mind the long shadows
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Alex King Tags: COMMENTARY Source Type: research

A Pilot Program for Implementing Mental Health Screening, Assessment, & Navigation (MH ‐SCAN) in a Community‐Based Cancer Center
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Laura Howe ‐Martin, Bryan Jester, Robrina Walker, Nancy Garza, Manish Jha, Corey Tovian, Sara Levinson, Keith Argenbright, Madhukar Trivedi Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Psychoticism and employment status in breast cancer survivors
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Francisco Garc ía‐Torres, Rosario Castillo‐Mayén, Francisco J. Alós Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Pre ‐loss grief in family caregivers during end‐of‐life cancer care: a nationwide population‐based cohort study
ConclusionsSevere pre‐loss grief symptoms were significantly associated with distress, low preparedness and little communication during caregiving. Thus, severe pre‐loss grief symptoms may be a key indicator for complications in caregivers of cancer patients in an end‐of‐life trajectory. Targeted interventions are needed to support family caregivers with severe pre‐loss grief symptoms. Development of pre‐loss grief assessment tools and interventions should be a priority target in future research. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mette Kjaergaard Nielsen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Anders Bonde Jensen, Peter Vedsted, Flemming Bro, Mai ‐Britt Guldin Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Shared decision ‐making and providing information among newly diagnosed patients with hematological malignancies and their informal caregivers: not “one‐size‐fits‐all”
Abstract ObjectiveIn order to optimize personalized medicine for patients with hematological malignancies (HM), knowledge on patient preferences with regard to information provision and shared decision‐making (SDM) is of the utmost importance. The aim of this study was to investigate the SDM preference and the satisfaction with and need for information among newly diagnosed HM‐patients and their informal caregivers, in relation to sociodemographic and clinical factors, cognitive coping style, and health related quality of life. MethodsNewly diagnosed patients and their caregivers were asked to complete the Hematology I...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: J. A. J. Rood, I. H. Nauta, B. I. Witte, F. Stam, F. J. Zuuren, A. Manenschijn, P. C. Huijgens, I. M. Verdonck ‐de Leeuw, S. Zweegman Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

The factor structure and use of the Demoralization Scale (DS ‐IT) in Italian cancer patients
ConclusionsThe study presents further evidence that demoralization is a significant clinical condition and that the DS‐IT demonstrates satisfactory levels of validity and reliability to support its use in patients in the ambulatory cancer setting. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Luigi Grassi, Anna Costantini, David Kissane, Serena Brunetti, Rosangela Caruso, Giulia Piazza, Paolo Marchetti, Silvana Sabato, Maria Giulia Nanni Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Psychological morbidity among Australian rural and urban support persons of haematological cancer survivors: Results of a national study.
ConclusionsPsychological outcomes for rural and urban support persons are similar. Those who have poor health, have had to relocate, and who have multiple unmet needs are particularly vulnerable to poor psychological outcomes. These factors should be assessed to enable early intervention for those at risk of poor outcomes. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson ‐Fisher, Christine Paul, Kenneth Bradstock, Anna Williamson, Sharon Campbell Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Attachment and posttraumatic growth after breast cancer: a dyadic approach
ConclusionFindings support the assessment of the couple dyadically, and corroborate an attachment approach of the couple as an interdependent unit. Implications of the study for interventions assisting couples in oncological setting are discussed. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Marisa Ávila, Joaquim L. Coimbra, Crystal L. Park, Paula M. Matos Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Who Are Happy Survivors? Physical, Psycho ‐social and Spiritual Factors Associated with Happiness of Breast Cancer Survivors During the Transition from Cancer Patient to Survivor
This study aims to evaluate physical, psycho‐social and spiritual factors associated with happiness in breast cancer survivors during the re‐entry period. MethodsIt is a cross‐sectional study with 283 non‐metastatic breast cancer survivors who completed treatment within 1 year. We included survivors who completed questionnaires on happiness and health‐related quality of life (QoL) two years after cancer diagnosis. Happiness and QoL was measured using the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) and EORTC QLQ‐C30 respectively. Multivariable logistic regression was used to find factors associated with happiness. Res...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Danbee Kang, Im ‐Ryung Kim, Eun‐Kyung Choi, Jung Hee Yoon, Se‐Kyung Lee, Jeong Eon Lee, Seok‐Jin Nam, Wonshik Han, Dong‐Young Noh, Juhee Cho Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

‘Throughout the cancer patient's journey, there ought to be a discussion about work’: The role of GPs in Scotland.
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Sarah Elizabeth Murdoch, Thomas Cox, Mark S Pearce, Neil Pryde, Sara Jane MacLennan Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

A pilot study evaluation of psychosocial competency training for junior physicians working in Oncology and Hematology
ConclusionsThis study provided first indications that an innovative self‐care competency training might be a supportive approach for junior physicians starting work in Oncology and Hematology.. However, replication studies are needed to verify the results in the medical working context. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Stefanie Mache, Karin Vitzthum, Inka Hauschild, David Groneberg Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Isolation and prayer as means of solace for Arab women with breast cancer: An in ‐depth interview study
ConclusionsArab women with breast cancer experienced a myriad of social, cultural, psychological, and relationship difficulties that impacted their overall health and wellbeing. The findings also found that these women were not passive agents. They sought to problem solve, move forward, and re‐create the meanings in their lives in their own unique ways. Action is needed for possible ways to implement religion‐health partnerships between breast cancer nurses, peer‐led support groups, palliative care services, and religious institutions. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ghada Najjar Assaf, Eleanor Holroyd, Violeta Lopez Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Cancer survivors ’ activation to self‐management and its relationship with participation in paid work and work‐related problems
ConclusionsPatient activation of cancer survivors deserves more attention, as a substantial proportion of these survivors have low activation levels, which relate to more work‐related problems. Longitudinal studies are needed to explore the development of patient activation over time and its potential to improve important outcomes for people living with cancer in both the health and work domains. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Pomme Maarschalkerweerd, Jany Rademakers, Mieke Rijken Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Lessons Learned from the Science of Caring: Extending the Reach of Psychosocial Oncology: The International Psycho ‐Oncology Society 2016 Sutherland Award Lecture
Abstract In medicine, referral to a medical oncology specialty is based on recent history, physical examination, pathology, surgery reports, imaging, blood work and the patient's vital signs. By contrast, referral to a psychosocial specialist has typically been based on the patients expressed request for psychosocial support or the health care team's observation of the patient's limited adjustment or poor coping with the diagnosis, treatment or end of life distress. These observations are usually based on clinical acumen not on metrics. In psychosocial oncology, by committing to the science of caring and relying on the use...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Barry D. Bultz Tags: INVITED COMMENTARY Source Type: research

Actual and recalled perceptions of the end ‐of‐life care situations among bereaved families of cancer patients: a longitudinal pilot study
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Hyo Min Kim, Seon Wook Hwang, In Cheol Hwang, Youn Seon Choi, Yong Ju Lee Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Predictors of satisfaction and quality of life following post ‐mastectomy breast reconstruction
ConclusionsThis study extends beyond the limited research by distinguishing between satisfaction with breast appearance and outcome satisfaction. The study provides evidence for the role of psychosocial factors predicting key patient reported outcomes and demonstrates the importance of psychosocial wellbeing and reconstruction type. The findings also highlight the need for healthcare providers to consider the psychosocial wellbeing of patients both pre and post operatively and provide preliminary evidence for the use of DIEP reconstructions over other types of reconstructive procedures. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Hannah Matthews, Natalie Carroll, Derek Renshaw, Andrew Turner, Alan Park, Jo Skillman, Kate McCarthy, Elizabeth A. Grunfeld Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Patient and Family Caregiver Dyadic Adherence to the Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Medical Regimen
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Donna M. Posluszny, Dana H. Bovbjerg, Mounzer E. Agha, Jing ‐Zhou Hou, Anastasios Raptis, Michael M. Boyiadzis, Jacqueline Dunbar‐Jacob, Richard Schulz, Mary Amanda Dew Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Impact of Universal Health Coverage on Suicide Risk in Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients: Population ‐based Cohort Study from 1985 to 2007 in Taiwan
Conclusions: A universal health coverage relieving both physical and psychological distress may account for the post‐NHI reduction of immediate suicide risk in patients of newly diagnosed cancer. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Po ‐Hsien Lin, Shih‐Cheng Liao, I‐Ming Chen, Po‐Hsiu Kuo, Jia‐Chi Shan, Ming‐Been Lee, Wei J. Chen Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

“The song inside”: “La canción por dentro”—Individual and dyadic impact of breast cancer for caregivers of Latina survivors
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 31, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Juliana Munoz, Christina Rush, Bess Flashner, Ghipsel Cibrian, Sandra Martinez, Claudia Campos, Migdalia Torres, Olympia Cepeda, Charlene Kuo, Stacey Kaltman, Lina Jandorf, Kristi D. Graves Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Qualitatively understanding patients' and health professionals' experiences of the BRECONDA breast reconstruction decision aid
ConclusionThese findings support the use of BRECONDA as an adjunct to clinical consultation and other information sources. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 29, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Kerry A. Sherman, Laura ‐Kate Shaw, Lone Jørgensen, Diana Harcourt, Linda Cameron, John Boyages, Elisabeth Elder, Judy Kirk, Katherine Tucker Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Examining the Sustainability of Screening for Distress, the Sixth Vital Sign, in Two Outpatient Oncology Clinics: A Mixed ‐Methods Study
ConclusionsThis study suggests that screening for distress was largely sustained, possibly due to positive attitudes and outcome expectancy. However, sustainability may be enhanced by formally integrating screening with existing practices, addressing potential knowledge gaps, and ensuring engagement with all stakeholder groups. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Shannon Groff, Jayna Holroyd ‐Leduc, Deborah White, Barry D. Bultz Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Experts' perspectives on the role of medical marijuana in oncology: A semistructured interview study
ConclusionsExpert opinion was divided between convictions in marijuana's medicinal potential and guardedness in this assertion, with no participant refuting MM's utility outright. Emergent themes included that MM ameliorates cancer‐related pain and nausea and is safer than certain conventional medications. Participants called for enhanced purity and production standards, and further research on MM's utility. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: I.M. Braun, F.L. Meyer, J.J. Gagne, L. Nabati, D.P. Yuppa, M.A. Carmona, H.J. Burstein, J. Suzuki, M.M. Nayak, Y. Martins Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

A systematic review of dyadic studies examining relationship quality in couples facing colorectal cancer together
ConclusionThe quality of the relationship can influence patients' and their partners' adjustment to colorectal cancer. Psychosocial interventions that address relationship issues may be beneficial to couples facing the challenges of colorectal cancer. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Karen Kayser, Chiara Acquati, Jennifer Barsky Reese, Kristen Mark, Daniela Wittmann, Eli Karam Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research

\Regret and fear in prostate cancer: The relationship between treatment appraisals and fear of recurrence in prostate cancer survivors
Conclusion: These findings suggest that FOR may be mitigated by providing survivors with more information regarding treatment choices and the treatment itself so that men can make well‐informed decisions and experience less future regret. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Rebecca Maguire, Paul Hanly, Frances J. Drummond, Anna Gavin, Linda Sharp Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

A Randomized Control Intervention Trial to Improve Social Skills and Quality of Life in Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivors
ConclusionsParticipating in group social skills intervention can improve self‐reported social competence that persisted to follow‐up. PBTS should be given the opportunity to participate in social skills groups to improve social competence. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Maru Barrera, Eshetu G. Atenafu, Lillian Sung, Ute Bartels, Fiona Schulte, Joanna Chung, Danielle Cataudella, Kelly Hancock, Laura Janzen, Amani Saleh, Douglas Strother, Andrea Downie, Shayna Zelcer, Juliette Hukin, Dina McConnell Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

A culturally adapted survivorship programme for Asian early stage breast cancer patients in Singapore: A randomized, controlled trial
ConclusionsA culturally adapted PEG program was effective in reducing physical symptom distress in Asian breast cancer survivors. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02600299) (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 24, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Alexandre Chan, Yan Xiang Gan, Suan Kai Oh, Terence Ng, Maung Shwe, Raymond Chan, Raymond Ng, Brandon Goh, Yee Pin Tan, Gilbert Fan Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Depression treatment and healthcare expenditures among elderly Medicare beneficiaries with newly diagnosed depression and incident breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer
ConclusionsAmong cancer survivors with newly diagnosed depression, depression treatment did not have a significant effect on expenditures in the long term. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Monira Alwhaibi, Usha Sambamoorthi, Suresh Madhavan, James T. Walkup Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

A comparison of attitudes toward length and quality of life between community ‐dwelling older adults and patients with advanced cancer
Abstract ObjectiveApplying prospect theory to end‐of‐life decision making, we hypothesize that community‐dwelling older adults (CDOAs) will be relatively less inclined towards extending length over improving quality of life compared with patients. We also hypothesize that differences in relative inclination for length over quality of life between the 2 groups will decrease with advancing age. MethodsWe tested these hypotheses by administering the quality‐quantity questionnaire to 1067 CDOAs and 320 stage IV cancer patients and applying a linear regression model to assess whether relative inclination for length over...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 21, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Chetna Malhotra, Ling Xiang, Semra Ozdemir, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Noreen Chan, Eric Andrew Finkelstein Tags: PAPER Source Type: research