Development, implementation and evaluation of a multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation programme : The CANSURVIVOR Project : meeting post-treatment cancer survivors’ needs

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Title: Development, implementation and evaluation of a multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation programme : The CANSURVIVOR Project : meeting post-treatment cancer survivors’ needs
Authors: Ivers, Mary E.
Dooley, Barbara A.
Bates, Ursula
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2888
Date: 2009
Abstract: Cancer survivor numbers in Ireland are increasing due to the success of modern treatments. Although most survivors have a good quality of life not all survivors return to 'normal' after treatment. The HSE funded CANSURVIVOR research project has found that many survivors have difficulties and need help to recover and adjust after cancer treatment. Over a number of exploratory studies using interviews, focus groups and a survey of 262 breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer survivors, the researchers found that over 25% of survivors experienced significant difficulties with physical, emotional and social functioning, including symptoms such as insomnia and fatigue, while 33% experienced high levels of anxiety. Of particular concern were the findings that over 50% of survivors were overweight, 35% had reduced their physical activity levels and 13% continued to smoke after cancer, putting them at risk for further health problems. This evidence led to the development of an 8-week multi-disciplinary pilot rehabilitation programme. Significant quality of life improvements were achieved with increases in strength and fitness as well as a reduction in anxiety levels and dietary improvements. The researchers highlight the need for a structured, co-ordinated survivorship service, education of health professionals about survivorship and the provision of high quality information to survivors. This research was led by the School of Psychology at UCD in collaboration with the Physiotherapy and Nutrition departments of St. Vincent's hospital.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: Health Services Executive
Keywords: Survivorship;Post-treatment;Cancer;Intervention;Ireland;Psycho-oncology
Subject LCSH: Cancer--Patients--Rehabilitation--Ireland
Cancer--Patients--Services for--Ireland
Cancer--Patients--Psychology
Cancer--Patients--Ireland--Social conditions
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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