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After Cancer Treatment Worry Continues – Researchers Find

y cancers can recur long after five years, and the possibility exists that another cancer will result from the carcinogenic effects of treatment,’ added Deimling.

In general, survivors who have an optimistic outlook also have less worries, and lower depression and anxiety.

They did find an association between having chemotherapy and functional difficulties which in turn may result in depression.

At diagnosis, the cancer patient worries about surviving, during treatment about the side effects from the therapies or surgery, and at the end of treatment, a recurrence.

With the passage of time, the cancer survivor thinks about second cancers from radiation or chemotherapy or a new primary cancer.

Also continued testing and monitoring for cancers raises distress in the survivor, the researcher report.

The researchers reported some of their findings were:

· Between 27% to nearly 40% of survivors continue to have concerns about a recurrence, with male colorectal and prostate survivor having the greatest concerns.

· Depending on the type of cancer, between 34-41% worry that current symptom might indicate that cancer has returned.

· Depending on the type of cancer, some 26-36% of the survivors expressed concerns about getting a second cancer, with prostate cancer survivors having the highest concerns.

· Depending on the type of cancer, follow-up testing continued to bother 36-44% of the survivors, again with colorectal cancer survivors with the most concerns.

The researchers also said that while men reported more cancer-related health worries, women had higher anxiety scores. Women survivors of breast cancer and cancer in general also had more depression than male survivors of prostate cancer.

‘The cancer-related health worries reported by survivors should be an important consideration for oncologists, primary care practitioners and mental health
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