Issues for cancer survivors in Australia

Boyes, Allison, Hodgkinson, Katharine, Aldridge, Lynley and Turner, Jane (2009) Issues for cancer survivors in Australia. Cancer Forum, 33 3: 164-167.

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Author Boyes, Allison
Hodgkinson, Katharine
Aldridge, Lynley
Turner, Jane
Title Issues for cancer survivors in Australia
Journal name Cancer Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-306X
Publication date 2009-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 164
End page 167
Total pages 4
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Cancer Council Australia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
As the number of people surviving cancer continues to increase, the need to know about the issues they face and how to support them becomes more urgent. Cancer is a life-changing diagnosis, with many survivors experiencing a range of both positive and negative outcomes attributed to cancer. While most survivors adjust well over time and experience relatively high quality of life, issues persist for some. Many survivors experience ongoing physical effects such as fatigue, pain and sexual problems. Some experience elevated levels of anxiety, depression or mood impairment and ongoing disruptions to daily living and social activities. New issues that emerge can include employment problems, insurance difficulties and worries about health, including cancer recurrence. Positive effects include changed values and goals, enhanced appreciation of life, improved close relationship with others, altruism and lifestyle changes. This article provides a brief overview of the psychological, physical, social and existential impact of cancer, with an emphasis on the issues faced by survivors after the completion of primary treatment.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Survivorship".

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
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Created: Fri, 24 Jun 2011, 16:28:01 EST by Dr Jane Turner on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital