Medline: 1696491

Oncology (Huntington NY)


With the growing number of patients surviving cancer, there has been an increasing concern with their long-term adaptation. Given the large number of Hodgkin's disease survivors, it was possible to conduct a study of their psychosocial adaptation. Two hundred seventy-three survivors of advanced Hodgkin's disease were interviewed over the telephone concerning the impact of cancer upon their lives, in terms of their psychological, social, and sexual functioning. The level of psychological distress was elevated by one standard deviation above normal on the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), for both men and women. Survivors in greater distress reported more problems in other areas of functioning, including sexual, social, vocational, and persistent conditioned nausea.

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Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms- Universität Bonn
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Dr. G. Quade