Accession Number:

ADA409801

Title:

Assisting Survivors in Meeting Challenges at End of Treatment: A Problem-Solving Approach

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 15 Jul 2001-15 Jul 2002

Corporate Author:

PENNSYLVANIA UNIV PHILADELPHIA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Cancer survivorship begins at diagnosis and continues beyond treatment. Although attention has been paid to psychosocial issues at diagnosis and active treatment, less has been to the end of active treatment when survivors face rising role expectations, fears of relapse, and the need to confront appearance and relationship change. This project focuses on increasing coping skills among breast cancer survivors at the end of active treatment. We will implement a skills-focused, problem-solving intervention PSI, and evaluate effects relative to routine care. The PSI is brief, non-stigmatizing, and disseminated a single, four-hour group intervention. It focuses on building skills for problem definition, alternative generation, decision making, and solution implementation and evaluation. It also incorporates telephone follow-up at two- and four-weeks after the intervention to allow patients to discuss difficulties and receive additional instruction This enhances the initial contact without increasing burden, allowing continued intervention with a geographically dispersed population.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE