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Helping cancer survivors return to work
A new Psycho-Oncology analysis of published studies indicates that there are various employer-related factors that can help or hinder cancer survivors as they attempt to go back to work. (2017-09-07)

Cancer survivors' experiences with financial toxicity
A recent Psycho-Oncology analysis of published studies found that few cancer survivors received financial information support from healthcare facilities during their initial treatment, even though cancer-related financial toxicity has multiple impacts on survivors' health and quality of life. (2020-05-06)

Researchers examine health behaviors after childhood cancer diagnosis
In a Psycho-Oncology study of childhood cancer survivors, several health behaviors fell short of expectations for exercise and diet during early survivorship, and they remained sub-optimal upon reaching five years post-diagnosis. (2018-11-07)

Many cancer survivors have unmet physical and mental needs related to their disease and its treatment
Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. (2015-01-12)

Suicidality among adult survivors of childhood cancer
A recent study found that survivors of childhood cancer have a similar risk of having suicidal thoughts compared with other individuals, and they have lower risk of suicidal behaviors and suicidal death. (2020-09-23)

Young cancer survivors are more likely to smoke than people without cancer history
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that cancer survivors who were diagnosed at adolescent and young adult ages are more likely to be current cigarette smokers than people who have not had cancer. The findings of this study are currently available in Cancer. (2016-06-10)

Menopause symptoms worse in cancer survivors
Cancer survivors were twice as likely to experience severe menopausal symptoms compared to women who have not had cancer, a new Australian study has found. (2013-07-17)

As radiation therapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors
Childhood cancer survivors are living longer. Now research shows they are also less likely to develop second cancers while still young. The decline followed a sharp drop in the use of radiation therapy for treatment of childhood cancers. (2017-02-28)

Cancer survivors who practice healthy habits have higher quality of life
A new study from the American Cancer Society finds cancer survivors who follow health behavior recommendations -- avoiding tobacco, eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting adequate exercise -- have higher health-related quality of life scores. (2008-04-29)

Do cancer and its treatment affect later pregnancy outcomes?
An International Journal of Cancer study found that female survivors of certain types of cancer have higher risks of poor outcomes in pregnancies conceived after diagnosis than women without cancer. (2017-09-12)

Sleep issues contribute to cognitive problems in childhood cancer survivors
A new analysis has found that childhood cancer survivors often suffer from sleep problems and fatigue, which negatively impact their attention and memory. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that addressing sleep hygiene among survivors of childhood cancer may help to improve their cognitive health. (2011-04-11)

Cancer survivors and their partners at greater risk of anxiety than depression in long term
Contrary to popular belief, long-term cancer survivors are not at substantially increased risk of depression compared with their healthy counterparts, but are about a quarter more likely to experience anxiety, new research published Online First in The Lancet Oncology indicates. Moreover, partners face similar levels of depression but even higher rates of anxiety as cancers survivors themselves. (2013-06-04)

Cancer survivors have low levels of physical activity and high levels of obesity
A new study reveals that many cancer survivors are inactive and obese, which may negatively affect the control of their disease. The findings, which come from a study of cancer survivors in Canada, show that a cancer diagnosis does not appear to prompt significant behavior change and that interventions to increase physical activity and promote better eating habits among cancer survivors are warranted. (2008-04-21)

After cancer: The role of primary care in cancer survivorship care
Primary care physicians are treating an increasing number of cancer survivors, yet they have no clear guidance on how best to care for such patients. This study considers how primary care physicians perceive their role in delivering care to cancer survivors. (2020-05-12)

Cancer survivors who smoke perceive less risk from tobacco
Cancer survivors who smoke report fewer negative opinions about smoking, have more barriers to quitting, and are around other smokers more often than survivors who had quit before or after their diagnosis. (2015-07-02)

Sexual orientation affects cancer survivorship
Gay men have a higher prevalence of cancer compared with heterosexual men, and lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors report lower levels of health than heterosexual female cancer survivors. Those are the conclusions of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's findings shed light on the types of programs and services that are needed to assist lesbian, gay and bisexual cancer survivors. (2011-05-09)

Testosterone deficiency affects male cancer survivors' quality of life
A new study has found that many male cancer survivors who develop testosterone deficiency after receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy have an impaired quality of life and reduced energy levels. (2010-02-22)

U of MN study finds type of childhood cancer relates to physical problems later in life
A University of Minnesota Cancer Center study is the first to show how the prevalence of some physical impairments that childhood-cancer survivors experience as adults relate to the type of cancer they had and the treatment they received. The findings indicate long-term follow up care and physical rehabilitation may be important for more than 20 percent of childhood-cancer survivors. (2005-11-29)

Young cancer survivors often forgo medical care due to costs
Many survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers avoid routine medical care because it's too expensive, despite the fact that most have health insurance. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The results indicate that expanding insurance coverage for young cancer survivors may be insufficient to safeguard their long-term health without efforts to reduce their medical cost burdens. (2012-09-24)

Even before ACA, cancer survivors in non-expansion states had less health-care access
Even in the health-care landscape as it existed before the ACA, cancer survivors in states without expanded Medicaid were less likely to have a personal doctor and more likely to report inability to see a doctor due to cost (odds ratios 0.76 and 1.14 respectively). (2015-12-22)

Beating childhood cancer does not make survivors healthier adults
Having survived cancer as a child does not necessarily have a ripple effect that makes people lead a healthier lifestyle once they grow up. (2014-08-12)

Cancer survivors spend more on health care
Approximately 12 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. On average, their medical care costs $4,000 to $5,000 more annually than the care of people who have never had cancer, according to Penn State researchers. (2011-06-13)

Male cancer survivors less likely to reproduce
Young male cancer survivors are three times as likely to turn to assisted fertilization to have children as males without a cancer diagnosis. This knowledge makes it possible to develop concrete treatment protocols, which affect fertility to a lesser degree. Measures like preserving sperm before starting treatment can be optimized. Close to 80 percent of those diagnosed during childhood or adolescence will survive their cancer. (2016-02-16)

Study examines race-based differences in social support needs among breast cancer patients
In a Psycho-Oncology study of 28 women who were being treated for breast cancer and were participating in focus groups, White participants noted that having other breast cancer survivors in their support network was essential for meeting their social support needs. Black participants did not reference other breast cancer survivors as part of their networks, however. (2019-02-06)

Sleep disturbances prevalent in survivors of childhood cancer
Fatigue and sleep disturbance are common in survivors of childhood cancer. Survivors report these symptoms years after receiving cancer therapy. (2003-05-31)

From sexual dysfunction to anxiety, many cancer survivors struggle with post treatment
Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. From physical problems such as sexual dysfunction to anxiety about getting cancer again survivors continue to fight long after the actual disease is defeated. That's the conclusion of a study led by University of Central Florida social work professor Mary Ann Burg. (2015-01-12)

Breast cancer survivors struggle with cognitive problems several years after treatment
A new analysis has found that breast cancer survivors may experience problems with certain mental abilities several years after treatment, regardless of whether they were treated with chemotherapy plus radiation or radiation only. (2011-12-12)

Young cancer survivors have twice the risk of suicide
Survivors of cancer diagnosed before the age of 25 had a more than two-fold increased risk of suicide compared to their non-cancer peers. (2016-11-30)

More than half of cancer survivors have underlying medical conditions associated with severe COVID
New study finds more than half (56.4%) of cancer survivors in the United States reported having additional underlying medical conditions associated with severe COVID-19 illness. (2021-02-03)

Economic burden of cancer extends into survivorship
A new study finds the economic burden of cancer extends beyond diagnosis and treatment, and concludes that cancer survivors face thousands of dollars of excess medical expenses every year. (2015-05-13)

Cancer survivors have lower employment rates and work fewer hours
Cancer survivors are less likely to be employed, and they work fewer hours, than similarly aged adults without a history of cancer, even two to six years after diagnosis, according to a study by Penn State researchers. (2011-06-22)

Cancer survivors find online and phone communication with medical professionals beneficial
Coinciding with World Cancer Day (Feb. 4), researchers from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey have completed the first ever systematic review of cancer survivors' experience of online and telephone telehealth interventions in cancer care, a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research reports. (2017-02-02)

Rural living presents health challenges for cancer survivors
Cancer survivors who live in rural areas aren't as healthy as their urban counterparts, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2013-06-05)

Downloadable tool helps cancer survivors plan and monitor exercise
A new program and brochure from the University of Colorado Cancer Canter, approved by the American College of Sports Medicine, makes designing and monitoring post-cancer exercise easy. The resource is for patients and cancer physicians. (2012-01-04)

Cancer survivors battle with the blues
Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who do not suffer from depression, irrespective of the cancer site. That's according to a new study, by Floortje Mols and colleagues, from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Their work is published online in Springer's Journal of Cancer Survivorship. (2013-05-16)

Certain treatments for childhood cancer may increase obesity risk later in life
Individuals who had cancer as a child may be at increased risk of being obese due to the therapies they received during their youth. (2015-05-11)

Cost-effective strategy to screen second primary colorectal cancers in cancer survivors
To suggest a feasible economic strategy for second primary colorectal cancer screening of cancer survivors in Korea, a research group constructed a decision-analytic model, compared cost-effectiveness results of cancer screening in male cancer survivors. All nondominant strategies were those using colonoscopy in both cancer survivors and the general population, and more strict and frequent recommendation of colonoscopy. Colonoscopy administered every five years and every three years could be considered as economic strategies for male cancer survivors. (2009-07-16)

Smoking linked to higher risk of death among colorectal cancer survivors
Colorectal cancer survivors who smoke cigarettes were at more than twice the risk of death than non-smoking survivors, according to a new American Cancer Society study (2015-02-03)

Cancer survivors often have poor diets, which can affect their long-term health
While most cancer survivors in the United States are motivated to seek information about food choices and dietary changes to improve their health, a new study comparing their dietary patterns to federal guidelines indicates that they often fall short. (2015-10-13)

New report estimates nearly 18 million cancer survivors in the US by 2022
The number of Americans with a history of cancer will grow to almost 18 million by 2022, according to a first-ever report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. (2012-06-14)

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