Psychological well-being in cancer survivors

Samantha Serpentini, Elena Pasquin, Eleonora Capovilla

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The purpose of this article is to underline the importance of the psychological well-being (PWB) in cancer survivors. In fact, psychological factors offer an important clue about the level of emotional distress of cancer survivors. Few studies have assessed the prevalence of psychological distress in cancer survivors highlighting the problems connected to anxiety and depression and very little is known about psychological well being in cancer survivors. This study thus reviews the studies undertaken to examine psychological well-being in cancer survivors. Psychological well-being is a complex interplay between one's basic personality, the availability of social support and one's spiritual and existential views of life. A diagnosis of cancer is often associated with feelings of hopelessness, depression and anxiety and social-relational concerns. The international literature shows that patients who have survived cancer are likely to re-evaluated the importance of everyday events and they have better PWB scores. Therefore, to evaluate psychological well-being outcomes in cancer survivors is an important step in clinical practice that must be improved to ensure the patient and his family the best possible care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Well-Being: Theory, Perspectives and Practice
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781626182066
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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