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Patient psychological distress is associated with many aspects of the bone marrow transplantation (BMT) process and has been linked with poor treatment outcomes. We assessed psychological distress in potential BMT candidates, and compared patient and nurse coordinator ratings of emotional distress at the time of initial BMT consultation. Fifty patients(More)
This article presents preliminary results investigating the relationship between parental and adolescent adjustment and coping and their relationship to social support and family functioning in a sample of adolescents (ages 11-18) with cancer and one of their parents. Parents and adolescents from two pediatric oncology clinics completed measures of(More)
Intrusive thoughts about cancer, often identified as 'cancer-specific worries' or 'cancer-specific distress', have been postulated to be associated with dysfunction in women at increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. The current study discusses the development and validation of a measure designed to assess women's perceptions of the(More)
We randomized 122 premenopausal women to receive tamoxifen or to undergo a surgical oophorectomy. Of 54 evaluable women treated with tamoxifen, 24% had an objective response, as compared with 21% of 53 women having an oophorectomy. The median duration of response for tamoxifen (20 months) was longer than that for surgical oophorectomy (7 months), but this(More)
PURPOSE Melanoma is the fastest growing solid tumor among men and women and accounts for 79% of skin cancer-related deaths. Research has identified that distress is frequently associated with a diagnosis of cancer and may slow treatment-seeking and recovery, increasing morbidity and even mortality through faster disease course. Given that the 5-year(More)
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in white males between the ages of 15 and 45 years. Treatment may include the administration of chemotherapy which has been associated with changes in emotional distress, quality of life, and symptom distress in other cancers. The current study was designed to evaluate the course of these constructs in a sample of(More)
BACKGROUND Melanoma accounts for > 79% of skin cancer-related deaths, although it accounts for only 4% of skin cancer incidence. Given the potential for lethality, it is likely that patients with melanoma may experience significant emotional distress. The current study was designed to determine the effect of a cognitive-behavioral intervention on distress(More)
PURPOSE Treatment of malignant melanoma with interferon-alpha has been associated with a variety of side effects ranging from fatigue to depression, and a concomitant impact on quality of life (QOL), in a variety of case reports and cross-sectional clinical trials. Few, if any, studies have been conducted with the express purpose of assessing the(More)
The effects of psychological and behavioral factors on physical illness are increasingly recognized. For example, depression and anger have repeatedly been reported as key predictors of a poor recovery following myocardial infarction, independent of specific disease indices.1–3 Depression, anticipatory nausea, and anxiety are often common in cancer(More)
The somatic, neurocognitive, and psychiatric side effects of biological response modifiers (BRMs) have been documented in specific patient samples. Although these side effects likely have a predictable impact on patients quality of life (QOL), no instrument currently measures the cumulative effect of the various complaints patients' report. The current(More)