Michael Feuerstein

As is now well known, the numbers of cancer survivors has increased considerably over the past decade and with aging trends in the population there is every reason to assume that this number will increase. Conditional survival rates, which provide a more dynamic prediction of survival for patients who have gone through initial treatment and continue to live several years post-diagnosis,1,2 indicate higher votes of survival than convential data. This is great news for those afflicted with the...

The Quantitative Burden Based On Cancer Statistics

Understanding the burden of cancer survivorship also requires a quantitative appreciation of the incidence of cancer, the mortality of the disease, and the resulting number of accumulating survivors. The American Cancer Society publishes an annual summary of cancer statistics.14 Based on data from the National Cancer Institute and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics, it is estimated that in the United States for 2005, a total of 1,372,910 new cancer cases and 570,280...

Early Effects Of The Diagnosis And Initial Treatment On

Although not included in our review, most studies of cancer survivorship and QOL focus on the immediate post-diagnostic and posttreatment periods. Some of the earliest systematic work on breast cancer was conducted by Morris and her colleagues26 and by Maguire and his colleagues,27 on Hodgkin's disease by Fobair et al.,28 and on prostate cancer by Litwin et al.29 Early work on emotions is exemplified by the Psychological Aspects of Breast Cancer Study (PABC).19 Almost three decades ago,...

The Qualitative Burden Of Cancer Survivorship From The Patients Perspective

To better understand the magnitude of the qualitative burden of cancer from the patient's perspective, the LAF conducted an open invitation Internet-based survey posted on the LAF Web site (http www.laf.org). The survey was a large-scale battery of 83 queries about pathological and psychosocial topics such as medical support, emotional support, patient attitude, secondary health problems, financial issues, social relations, employment problems, and concerns about activities of daily living....

Real Time Symptom Monitoring With Cancer Survivors

The use of computer adaptive tests with cancer survivors would minimize burden and help focus assessment. It has potential to sharpen measurement precision with a minimum number of questions255 and has several unique advantages 1 compared to paper-and-pencil tests, computer adaptive testing technology is efficient, requiring fewer questions to arrive at an accurate estimate 2 it allows respondents and providers to receive immediate feedback on the person's HRQL status 3 with its IRT...

Contributors

Ahles, PhD Director of the Neurocognitive Research Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY Carlynn A. Alt, PhD, PT, MS Assistant Professor, Exercise Science Program, Department of Physical Therapy Marquette University, Miluankee, WI Jane Alavi, MD Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Department of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA Tammy Beran, MA Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los...