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

Quality of patient ‐centred care: medical oncology patients’ perceptions and characteristics associated with quality of care
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 17, 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

Posttraumatic growth in breast cancer survivors and their husbands based on the actor ‐partner interdependence model
ConclusionsPosttraumatic growth in breast cancer survivors was influenced by not only relationship quality and spouses' self‐ esteem but also subjective distress; therefore, solidarity between breast cancer survivors and their spouses was important and should be maintained to provide healthy relationship support and enhance posttraumatic growth. Further, health care providers should include spouses in health‐related education and involve them in interventions and family support programs for couples. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: MyoSuk Lee, Kyunghee Kim, Changwon Lim, Ji ‐Su Kim Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Call for special issue topics
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: CALL FOR SPECIAL ISSUE TOPICS Source Type: research

Update from the Editors: Plans for 2017
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: EDITORIAL Source Type: research

Issue Information
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: ISSUE INFORMATION Source Type: research

Trajectories of quality of life, life satisfaction, and psychological adjustment after prostate cancer
ConclusionsDistinct trajectories exist for medium‐ to long‐term QoL, life satisfaction, and psychological adjustment after prostate cancer; with age and socioeconomic deprivation playing a differential role in men's survivorship profile and the impact of functional status on outcomes increasing over time. These results reinforce the need for an appraisal of men's life course in addition to treatment side effects when planning survivorship care after cancer. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Suzanne K. Chambers, Shu Kay Ng, Peter Baade, Joanne F. Aitken, Melissa K. Hyde, Gary Wittert, Mark Frydenberg, Jeff Dunn Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Facing spousal cancer during child ‐rearing years: The short‐term effects of the Cancer‐PEPSONE programme—a single‐center randomized controlled trial
ConclusionsEven though the long‐term effects are yet to be studied, CPP seems to increase social support for the well parents' short term, which in turn may improve their QOL. Given the study's low sample size, further replications in larger samples are required. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - January 1, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mette Senneseth, Atle Dyregrov, Jon Laberg, Stig B. Matthiesen, Mariana Pereira, May A. Hauken Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Modeling Posttraumatic Growth among Cancer Patients: The Roles of Social Support, Appraisals, and Adaptive Coping
ConclusionsThe model demonstrated the relationships between social support, untrollability appraisal, adaptive coping, and PTG. It could be concluded that uncontrollability appraisal was a required but not sufficient condition for PTG. Neither social support nor uncontrollability appraisal had direct influence on PTG. However, social support and uncontrollability might indirectly influence PTG, through adaptive coping. It implies that both internal factors (e.g., cognitive appraisal, coping) and external factors (e.g., social support) are required in order for growth to happen. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Weidan Cao, Xiaona Qi, Xuanye Han Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Joining the dots: Can UW ‐QoL free text data assist in understanding individual treatment experiences and QoL outcomes in head and neck cancer?
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: KA Pateman, MD Batstone, PJ Ford Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Using Cluster Analysis of Anxiety ‐Depression to identify Subgroups of Prostate Cancer Patients for Targeted Treatment Planning
ConclusionsThe presence of these three clusters of PCa patients indicates that there is a need to extend assessment of anxiety and depression in these men beyond simple total score results. By applying the clustering profiles to samples of PCa patients, more focussed treatment might be provided to them, hopefully improving outcome efficacy. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Christopher F. Sharpley, , Vicki Bitsika, Amelia K. Warren, David R. H. Christie, Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Screening for clinical levels of fear of cancer recurrence
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Daniel S. J. Costa Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Determinants of Patient Activation in a Community Sample of Breast and Prostate Cancer Survivors
This study aims to identify factors associated with patient activation in breast and prostate cancer survivors. MethodsCross‐sectional data were analyzed from cancer survivors diagnosed with Stage I or II breast and prostate cancers who completed treatment in four community‐hospital sites in New Jersey during 2012‐2013. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to identify patient characteristics (demographic and psychosocial), clinical factors, and patient perceptions of care associated with patient activation. ResultsAmong 325 survivors (112 prostate; 213 breast) patient activation was high (M = 3.31, SD...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Denalee O'Malley, Asa A. Dewan, Pamela Ohman ‐Strickland, Daniel A. Gundersen, Suzanne M. Miller, Shawna V. Hudson Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Testing a novel account of the dissociation between self ‐reported memory problems and memory performance in chemotherapy treated breast cancer survivors
Abstract PurposeA puzzling observation pertaining to the impact of breast cancer (BC) on memory is the frequently reported dissociation between BC survivors self‐reported memory problems and memory performance. We evaluated the hypothesis that the dissociation is related to the fact that the objective memory measures previously used assessed retrospective memory (RM) and did not tap prospective memory (PM), a domain about which survivors are complaining. MethodsIn a case‐healthy‐control (N = 80) cross‐sectional study, the Memory for Intention Screening Test was used to assess PM and the Wechsler Logic...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Lise Paquet, Shailendra Verma, Barbara Collins, Anne Chinneck, Marc Bedard, Xinni Song Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Depression and Religiosity and their Correlates In Lebanese Breast Cancer Patients
ConclusionsReligiosity does not seem to be protective against depression development. The stress of cancer appears to be the main culprit in increasing the risk of depression. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Sandra Abou Kassm, Sani Hlais, Christina Khater, Issam Chehade, Ramzi Haddad, Johnny Chahine, Mohammad Yazbeck, Rita Abi Warde, Wadih Naja 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 - December 31, 2016 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

Prevalence of oncologists in distress: systematic review and meta ‐analysis
ConclusionsOccupational distress reduces career satisfaction, affects patient care and increases the chances of oncologists switching to another area of medicine therefore future research should explore appropriate interventions. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Asta Medisauskaite, Caroline Kamau Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research

Key messages for communicating information about BRCA1 and BRCA2 to women with breast or ovarian cancer: consensus across health professionals and service users
ConclusionsThere was a high level of agreement within and between the groups about the information requirements of women with breast/ovarian cancer about BRCA1/BRCA2. These key messages will be helpful in developing new approaches to the delivery of information as genetic testing becomes further integrated into mainstream oncology services. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 31, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Chris Jacobs, Gabriella Pichert, Jackie Harris, Kathy Tucker, Susan Michie Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Empirically supported psycho ‐oncology practices: Reflection based on some research findings in Hong Kong
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 28, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Samuel M. Y. Ho Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

The Relationship Between Risk Factors and Medication Adherence among Breast Cancer Survivors: What Explanatory Role Might Depression Play?
ConclusionsThese findings support the prediction that medication nonadherence among BCS multiply determined process and have compelling implications for healthcare providers and interventions designed to increase medication adherence among BCS. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 28, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Louis C. Markovitz, Nicholas J. Drysdale, B. Ann Bettencourt Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Risk of depression following uterine cancer: a nationwide population ‐based study
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the association between uterine cancer and depression as well as the moderating effect of age and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). MethodsThis was a population‐based study utilizing Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. We conducted a matched cohort study and identified 6526 patients with uterine cancer and 65260 controls. We adopted the competing risk analysis model as the statistical method and adjusted for potential confounding factors. ResultsFrom 1997‐2008, 71786 patients were included (6526 patients with uterine cancer and 65260 controls). In the study, uterin...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 27, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Chao ‐Yu Chen, Yao‐Hsu Yang, Chuan‐Pin Lee, Ting‐Yao Wang, Bi‐Hua Cheng, Yin‐Cheng Huang, Pau‐Chung Chen, Sophie Hsin‐Yi Liang, Michael Dewey, Vincent Chin‐Hung Chen Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Group therapy processes and treatment outcomes in 2 couple ‐focused group interventions for breast cancer patients
ConclusionsFostering a positive group environment bolsters treatment efficacy for women with early stage breast cancer and their partners attending couple‐focused groups. Facilitating the leader‐member alliance bolsters treatment efficacy. Improving engagement with one member of a couple impacts the other member. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 27, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Sharon L. Manne, Deborah Kashy, Scott D. Siegel, Carolyn J. Heckman Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

A randomized pilot trial of a positive affect skill intervention (lessons in linking affect and coping) for women with metastatic breast cancer
ConclusionsThe LILAC intervention, regardless of delivery method, shows feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy for promoting psychological well‐being in women with metastatic breast cancer. This research provides support for a larger randomized trial to test more definitively the potential benefits of LILAC. A strength of the LILAC intervention includes its innovative focus on positive affect. The efficacy of the online delivery suggests the potential for widespread Internet dissemination. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 26, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Elaine O. Cheung, Michael A. Cohn, Laura B. Dunn, Michelle E. Melisko, Stefana Morgan, Frank J. Penedo, John M. Salsman, Dianne M. Shumay, Judith T. Moskowitz Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

The prospective relationship between satisfaction with information and symptoms of depression and anxiety in breast cancer. A structural equation modeling analysis
Abstract ObjectivePrevious research has demonstrated associations between satisfaction with information and reduced emotional distress in cancer patients. However, as most studies were cross‐sectional, the direction of this relationship remained unclear. We therefore aimed to test whether information satisfaction predicted subsequent depression and anxiety levels, and, reciprocally, depression and anxiety levels predicted subsequent information satisfaction, thus clarifying the direction of impact. MethodsWe performed a secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study with 436 female breast cancer patients (mean age 51&n...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 25, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Hermann Faller, Andr é Strahl, Matthias Richard, Christiane Niehues, Karin Meng Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Therapy processes, progress, and outcomes for 2 therapies for gynecological cancer patients
ConclusionsFor 2 types of treatment delivered to women diagnosed with gynecological cancer, patient‐rated session progress and depressive symptoms rated over therapy sessions may serve as a yardstick that can be useful to therapists to gauge patient's response to treatment. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 21, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Sharon L. Manne, Shannon Myers ‐Virtue, Deborah A. Kashy, Melissa Ozga, David Kissane, Carolyn Heckman, Mark Morgan Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Avoidant conversations about death by clinicians cause delays in reporting of neutropenic sepsis: Grounded theory study
ConclusionsFindings have implications for health risk communication and development of holistic service models. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 18, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Catherine Oakley, Cath Taylor, Emma Ream, Alison Metcalfe Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Association between social support, functional status, and change in health ‐related quality of life and changes in anxiety and depression in colorectal cancer patients
ConclusionsColorectal cancer patients who have more social support, are functionally independent and have higher improvements in HRQoL may have better results in anxiety and depression at 1 year after surgery, adjusting for age, gender, location, occupation, and baseline HADS scores. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 18, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: M. Gonzalez ‐Saenz de Tejada, A. Bilbao, M. Baré, E. Briones, C. Sarasqueta, J.M. Quintana, A. Escobar, Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research

Patient experiences of acute myeloid leukemia: A qualitative study about diagnosis, illness understanding, and treatment decision ‐making
ConclusionsAcute myeloid leukemia poses a sudden, emotionally challenging, information‐laden situation, where little time is available to make important decisions. This results in difficulty processing information and is sometimes complicated by a lack of emotive communication from clinicians. Results indicate a need for targeted interventions to improve AML patients' understanding of illness and treatment options and to address their traumatic experiences around diagnosis. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 18, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Thomas W. LeBlanc, Laura J. Fish, Catherine T. Bloom, Areej El ‐Jawahri, Debra M. Davis, Susan C. Locke, Karen E. Steinhauser, Kathryn I. Pollak Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

The perceived influence of childhood cancer on the parents' relationship
ConclusionThis study identified specific events and parent behaviors that strain the couples' relationship during the childhood cancer trajectory. This information can inform the development of a couple's intervention. Prospective research is needed to better understand how childhood cancer affects caregivers' partnerships through survivorship and beyond. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 14, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: L. Wiener, H. Battles, S. Zadeh, W. Pelletier, M.N.F. Arruda ‐Colli, Anna C. Muriel Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Empirically ‐Supported Psycho‐Oncology Practices: Reflection based on Some Research Findings in Hong Kong
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 11, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Samuel M.Y. Ho Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

A Systematic Review of Dyadic Studies Examining Relationship Quality inCouples Facing Colorectal Cancer Together
ConclusionThe quality of relationships 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 cancers. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Chiara Acquati, Jennifer Barsky Reese, Eli Karam, Karen Kayser, Kristen Mark, Daniela Wittmann Tags: REVIEW ARTICLE Source Type: research

Balancing Give and Take between Patients and their Spousal Caregivers in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
ConclusionsOur proposed theoretical framework describes patients’ and caregiver's individual experience of distress pre‐HSCT, but does not as clearly encompass the dyadic experience. Addressing perceived imbalances and providing psycho‐education on role changes within HSCT dyads pre‐transplantation may be a useful prehabilitation strategy for preventing distress. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Sara Beattie, Sophie Lebel, Danielle Petricone ‐Westwood, Keith G. Wilson, Cheryl Harris, Gerald Devins, Lothar Huebsch, Jason Tay Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Posttraumatic growth in breast cancer survivors and their husbands, based on the actor ‐partner interdependence model
ConclusionsPosttraumatic growth in breast cancer survivors was influenced by not only relationship quality and spouses’ self‐ esteem but also subjective distress; therefore, solidarity between breast cancer survivors and their spouses was important and should be maintained to provide healthy relationship support and enhance posttraumatic growth. Further, healthcare providers should include spouses in health‐related education and involve them in interventions and family support programs for couples. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Myo Suk Lee, Kyunghee Kim, Changwon Lim, Ji ‐Su Kim 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 (EOL) decision‐making, we hypothesize that community dwelling older adults (CDOAs) will be relatively less inclined towards extending length over improving quality of life compared to patients. We also hypothesize that differences in relative inclination for length over quality of life between the two 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 lengt...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Chetna Malhotra, Ling Xiang, Semra Ozdemir, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Noreen Chan, Eric Andrew Finkelstein Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Sharing information about cancer with one's family is associated with improved quality of life
Abstract ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to investigate the association between cancer patients’ ability to share information about their illness with their social network and attachment style dimensions, alexithymia and quality of life. We hypothesised that ability to share information about one's cancer with family, friends and medical teams would be positively associated with quality of life and secure attachment and negatively associated with alexithymia. MethodsForty‐five cancer patients were recruited from the Psycho‐oncology unit of the San Camillo‐Forlanini Hospital in Rome. We collected anamnestic d...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 8, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Carlo Lai, Beatrice Borrelli, Paola Ciurluini, Paola Aceto Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

The role of social support, family identification, and family constraints in predicting posttraumatic stress after cancer
ConclusionsNumerous studies demonstrate a link between social support and posttraumatic stress. However, experiences within the family may be more important in predicting posttraumatic stress after cancer. Furthermore, a sense of belonging to and commonality with the family may reduce the extent to which cancer survivors experience constraints on conversations about cancer; this may, in turn, reduce posttraumatic stress. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 6, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Samantha Swartzman, Fabio Sani, Alastair J. Munro Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Active surveillance for favorable ‐risk prostate cancer: Is there a greater psychological impact than previously thought? A systematic, mixed studies literature review
ConclusionsBecause of methodological concerns, many quantitative studies may not provide a true account of the burden of AS. Further mixed‐methods studies are necessary to address the limitations highlighted and to provide clarity on the impact of AS. Practitioners should be aware that despite findings of previous reviews, patients may require additional emotional support. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 6, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Eimear Ruane ‐McAteer, Sam Porter, Joe M. O'Sullivan, Olinda Santin, Gillian Prue Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research

Issue Information
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 5, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: ISSUE INFORMATION Source Type: research

Communication about melanoma and risk reduction after melanoma diagnosis
ConclusionsEncouraging melanoma patients to have a more active role in discussions concerning melanoma risk and screening with relatives and physicians alike may be a useful strategy to promote 2 key risk‐reduction practices post melanoma diagnosis and treatment. Future research is needed to identify additional strategies to improve comprehensive risk reduction in long‐term melanoma patients. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 5, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Vivian M. Rodr íguez, Marianne Berwick, Jennifer L. Hay Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Psychosocial effects of a skin camouflage program in female survivors with head and neck cancer: A randomized controlled trial
ConclusionsThe 3‐month skin camouflage program effectively improved facial disfigurement, fear of social interaction, anxiety of social interaction, and body image of female HNC survivors. A survival care plan should include a skin camouflage program to improve body image perception and decrease anxiety after treatment of HNC. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - December 1, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Shu ‐Ching Chen, Bing‐Shen Huang, Chien‐Yu Lin, Kang‐Hsing Fan, Joseph Tung‐Chien Chang, Shu‐Chen Wu, Yeur‐Hur Lai Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Effect of aerobic exercise on cancer ‐associated cognitive impairment: A proof‐of‐concept RCT
Abstract BackgroundChange in cognitive ability is a commonly reported side effect by breast cancer survivors (BCS). The underlying etiology of cognitive complaints is unclear and to date there is limited evidence for effective intervention strategies. Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function in older adults and animal models treated with chemotherapy. This proof‐of‐concept randomized controlled trial (RCT) tested the effect of aerobic exercise versus usual lifestyle on cognitive function in postmenopausal BCS. MethodsWomen, age 40‐65 years, postmenopausal, stage I‐IIIA breast cancer, and who self‐rep...
Source: Psycho-Oncology - November 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: K. L. Campbell, J. W. Y. Kam, S. E. Neil ‐Sztramko, T. Liu Ambrose, T. C. Handy, H. Lim, S. Hayden, L. Hsu, A. A. Kirkham, C. C. Gotay, D. C. McKenzie, L. A. Boyd Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Fear of new or recurrent melanoma after treatment for localised melanoma
ConclusionsThere is a substantial amount of fear of new or recurrent melanoma among this population, despite most having a very good prognosis. (Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - November 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Katy J. L. Bell, Yachna Mehta, Robin M. Turner, Rachael L. Morton, Mbathio Dieng, Robyn Saw, Pascale Guitera, Kirsten McCaffery, Donald Low, Cynthia Low, Marisa Jenkins, Les Irwig, Angela C. Webster Tags: PAPER Source Type: research

Health ‐related quality of life in cancer survivorship: predictive power of the Social Difficulties Inventory
(Source: Psycho-Oncology)
Source: Psycho-Oncology - November 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Laura Ashley, Galina Velikova, Amy Downing, Eva Morris, Penny Wright Tags: CLINICAL CORRESPONDENCE Source Type: research

Experts ’ Perspectives on the Role of Medical Marijuana in Oncology: a semi‐structured interview study
ConclusionsExpert opinion was divided between conviction in marijuana's medicinal potential to 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 - November 30, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: I. M. Braun, F. L. Meyer, J. Gagne, L. Nabati, D. P. Yuppa, M. Carmona, H. J. Burstein, J. Suzuki, M. Nayak, Y. Martins Tags: PAPER Source Type: research