HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Cancer patients may lower their expectations

Being diagnosed with a serious disease like cancer may inspire patients to sharply redefine their goals and roles in order maintain a sense of life satisfaction, suggest the results of a study.

These findings may help explain previous research that cancer patients are not significantly more anxious and are only slightly more depressed than the general population.

Few studies have investigated the relatively low levels of anxiety and depression experienced by this patient group in spite of the potential severity of their disease, says lead study author Karin Nordin, Ph.D., of Uppsala University in Sweden.

Nordin and colleagues analyzed three groups of study participants. The first consisted of 52 gastrointestinal cancer patients who were considered potentially cured, since all known tumor tissue was removed during surgery; the second consisted of 33 patients suffering from advanced gastrointestinal cancer; the third group consisted of 26 spouses of the patients with advanced disease.

In questionnaires both immediately after diagnosis and a month or more afterward, the study participants were asked to rate the importance of life values and their level of attainment of these values which included serenity, positive relationships, independence, involvement in hobbies or community activities, ability to communicate, financial security, religion and health. Anxiety and depression levels of participants were also measured.

The study results are published in the current issue of the journal Psycho-Oncology.

Anxiety and depression decreased over time for the two patient groups, the researchers found. Why this occurred may relate to another study finding: the gap between patients' values and their perceived achievement level of those values also shrank. In other words, patients tended to lower their expectations to match reality.

Large discrepancies between the perceived attainment and importance of life values
'"/>

Contact: Karin Nordin, Ph.D.
karin.nordin@ccs.uu.se
46-18-611-2256
Center for the Advancement of Health
23-Feb-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Cancer in patients with hepatitis C
2. Olson family donates $1 million to Arizona Cancer Center
3. Cancer vaccines: A two-pronged attack?
4. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center receives SPORE grant for brain cancer research from NCI
5. ESMO and Imedex announce partnership for the World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer
6. UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center is first in Texas to treat patients with TomoTherapy
7. Cancer researchers seek to predict tumor growth
8. UGA professor receives $3 million grant from National Cancer Institute for breast cancer research
9. Cancer patients in Europe unite with doctors
10. Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers identify novel target for detecting ovarian cancer in blood
11. Cancer burden seen even many years after diagnosis

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/2/2016)... ... ... Pets bring laughter, joy and love into people’s homes without asking for much ... falls on the first full week of May. These seven days, May 1 to ... responsible pet ownership. Pet owners can live out these values by following action items ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... Eating Recovery Center’s Insight Behavioral Health Center (ERC Insight) , ... its eating disorder program under a new name: Eating Recovery Center, Chicago (ERC Chicago). ... , To celebrate, ERC Chicago will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... In honor of National Physical Fitness ... to people who share their fitness journey on social media. , The foot ... will award a $100 product voucher each week during May to one winner. , ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Agoura Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... technology to provide his patients with same day treatments. In the past, many necessary ... from school or work, along with multiple anesthetic shots and extra chair time. Not ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... MedPro Waste Disposal, LLC (MedPro) is proud to announce ... its mail back service for an all-inclusive rate. MedPro Disposal President, Dan Hansen, says, ... to all of the clients in the country who are looking for an alternative ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 ... in Zürich gab Strekin AG den Start ... zur Erhaltung des Resthörvermögens von Patienten, denen ... die umfassende Phase-II-Doppelblindstudie mit Placebo-Kontrollgruppe werden momentan ... wird während der Operation direkt ins Mittelohr ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 Elekta ... (MR-linac) platform will be the focal point of seven ... the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology, taking place ... integrates a state-of-the-art radiotherapy system and a high-field MRI ... clearly see the patient,s anatomy in real time. The ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Tie-up with Government hospitals as ... to save newborns   Fortis La Femme, ... collaboration with Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit organization within ... Bank, ,Amaara, in Delhi-NCR today. This non-profit centre recognizes that ... and should be available to babies deprived of mother,s milk.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: