Randi Valbjørn Karlsen

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As part of a psychosocial intervention study, we wanted to prospectively assess the quality of life of colorectal cancer patients who were given a stoma at the time of their initial operation for cancer or later and those whose initial stoma was removed. A total of 249 colorectal cancer patients were recruited and responded to a questionnaire 3, 6, 12 and(More)
PURPOSE To test the effectiveness of a psycho-educational group intervention to improve psychological distress measured by POMS TMD, Quality of Life measured by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), the core and breast cancer module, Mental Adjustment measured by MAC and marital relationship measured by BLRI in women with(More)
INTRODUCTION As the incidence of and survival from breast cancer continue to raise, interventions to reduce anxiety and depression before, during and after treatment are needed. Previous studies have reported positive effects of a structured 8-week group mindfulness-based stress reduction program (MBSR) among patients with cancer and other conditions. (More)
BACKGROUND Health behaviour changes may improve the quality of life and survival among cancer survivors. We prospectively examined changes in health behaviour among and between men with prostate cancer (PC), men with cancers other than PC and cancer-free men. METHODS We analysed data for 20 914 men (50-65 years), 426 with cancer, and 20 488 persons who(More)
BACKGROUND A breast cancer diagnosis has been suggested as a teachable moment when a woman is more open to making healthier lifestyle changes. Little is known about the health behaviour changes women with breast cancer initiate compared to those made by other women. MATERIAL AND METHODS We examined changes in body mass index (BMI) and tobacco and alcohol(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated whether regular home visits to persons with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer influenced their overall survival and selected immune parameters. METHODS A total of 249 Danish colorectal cancer patients undergoing abdominal surgery were randomly assigned to a control or an intervention group. The intervention group received 10 home(More)
Home visits by health care professionals may constitute a formalized social relationship in which cancer patients can be given emotional and informational support. We aimed at studying the effect of home visits on the well-being of colorectal cancer patients. A total of 249 Danish colorectal cancer patients undergoing abdominal surgery were randomly(More)
PURPOSE This study seeks to assess the differences in disease and socioeconomic characteristics, late effects and long-term quality of life (QoL) after head-and-neck cancer (HNC) among participants and non-participants. METHODS Five hundred sixty recurrence-free survivors treated for HNC at least 6 months previously were invited to participate in a(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of head and neck cancer and morbidity and mortality after treatment are associated with social factors. Whether social factors also play a role in the prevalence of late-onset symptoms after treatment for head and neck cancer is not clear. METHODS Three hundred sixty-nine survivors completed questionnaires on late symptoms and(More)
BACKGROUND Social differences in prostate cancer (PC) incidence and mortality might be related to testing for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Although routine PSA screening is not recommended in Denmark, testing without clinical indication increased during the past decade. We evaluated associations between socio-demographic or clinical characteristics and(More)