Fear of cancer recurrence in haematological cancer patients: exploring socio-demographic, psychological, existential and disease-related factors.

C. Borreani, S. Alfieri, L. Farina, E. Bianchi, P. Corradini

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Abstract

PURPOSE: This study aims to explore the relation between the dimension of fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) in haematological cancer patients relapse-free for at least 2 years and socio-demographic, related to the disease, psychological and existential factors. METHODS: A sample of 75 haematological cancer patients agreed to participate in the study through a self-reported online questionnaire (51.9. A total of 70.1demographic (gender, age, civil status, level of education and number of children), related to the disease (diagnosis, therapeutic line and years since diagnosis), psychological (anxiety and depression), existential (purpose in life; PIL) factors and Fear of Cancer Recurrence Concerns Inventory (FCRI). Simple and multiple linear regressions were conducted for the analyses, and we performed some preliminary analysis on the reliability of the FCRI. FINDINGS: A total of 53.3 which was higher than found in previous research in other cancer patients. The coping strategies, triggers, severity and psychological distress dimensions showed higher mean values. Women, patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphomas, years since diagnosis, anxiety and purpose in life are significantly related to one or more dimensions of FCRI. IMPLICATIONS: It is important that the clinicians have at their disposal multiple possibilities to help patients cope with haematological cancer. If future research will confirm the results of this study, the negative correlation between FCR and PIL can suggest indications for planning interventions based on a salutogenic approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

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