Christina Gundgaard Pedersen

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AIM This study investigated the prevalence and predictors of use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in a nationwide inception cohort of Danish women treated for early-stage breast cancer as well as differences in user patterns for individual types of CAM. METHODS Use of CAM since the time of diagnosis was assessed 12-16 weeks post-surgery for(More)
Cancer patients frequently report cognitive complaints following chemotherapy, but the results from the available studies, mainly of women with breast cancer, are inconsistent. Our aim was to compare cognitive function of men with testicular cancer (TC) who had orchiectomy and chemotherapy (bleomycin, etoposide, cisplatin) with men who had orchiectomy only(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim was to investigate to which extent emotional repression is a premorbid coping tendency of cancer patients and/or a coping response to the threat posed by a cancer diagnosis. The results of one previous study of breast cancer patients suggest the latter possibility, and our aim was to replicate and extend these findings. METHODS Of 646(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for colorectal cancer, despite the high incidence of colorectal cancer and the frequency of CAM use for cancer-related symptoms. This is the first Danish study to examine the use of CAM by individuals who completed hospital treatment for colorectal cancer. METHODS In(More)
We explored the significance of religious faith/coping and spirituality and existential considerations reported during hospitalisation on depressive symptoms at 6-month follow-up and addressed patients' perceived influence of their faith among 97 consecutive acute coronary syndrome patients (72.2% male patients; mean age, 60.6 years) in a secular society.(More)
Turning to faith in God or a higher spiritual power is a common way of coping with life-threatening disease such as cancer. Little, however, is known about religious faith among cancer patients in secular societies. The present study aimed at exploring the prevalence of religious faith among Danish breast cancer patients and at identifying whether(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of cognitive impairment (CI) in a group of testicular (TC) survivors by comparing their neuropsychological test scores with normative data and to assess their performance in specific cognitive domains. Seventy-two TC survivors were evaluated 2 to 7 years post-treatment with a neuropsychological(More)
Background This large population-based prospective study explored the associations between use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and prevalence and changes in depressive symptoms from 3 to 15 months after surgery for primary breast cancer. Methods In an ongoing nationwide cohort study, depressive symptoms and the use of ten different types of(More)
Age differences in emotional control and their consequences were examined in women referred to mammography on the suspicion of breast cancer but with benign results of the examination. Under natural experimental conditions, the levels of emotional control and distress were measured 1 week prior to the examination as well as 4 and 12 weeks after the(More)
Research indicates unmet religious and spiritual needs among cancer patients both internationally and in a secular society like Denmark. Obtaining a patient's spiritual history is a way of identifying religious/spiritual needs. Spiritual well-being has been positively associated with global experience of quality of life and with increased psychological,(More)