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Body issues, sexual satisfaction, and relationship status satisfaction in long-term childhood cancer survivors and healthy controls.






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Body issues, sexual satisfaction, and relationship status satisfaction in long-term childhood cancer survivors and healthy controls.

Psychooncology. 2015 May 8;

Authors: Lehmann V, Hagedoorn M, Gerhardt CA, Fults M, Olshefski RS, Sanderman R, Tuinman MA

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Research on body image and sexual satisfaction after adult onset cancer has shown significant and lasting impairments regarding survivors’ sexuality and romantic relationships. However, knowledge about these topics and their associations in adult survivors of childhood cancer is largely lacking.
METHODS: Participants completed web-based questionnaires concerning body image, body dissociation, sexual satisfaction, and relationship status satisfaction (i.e., satisfaction with either being in a relationship or being single). Survivors (n = 87) and controls (n = 87) were matched on age and gender, with a mean age of 27 years (range: 20-40). Survivors were most often diagnosed with leukemia (46%), at an average of 16 years prior to study participation (range: 6-33 years).
RESULTS: Similar numbers of survivors and controls were single (n = 24/31), in a committed relationship (n = 33/23), or married (n = 30/33). Survivors and controls reported comparable levels of body image, body dissociation, sexual experiences, and sexual and status satisfaction (d = 0.15-0.28). Higher status satisfaction was associated with being in a relationship (compared with being single, β = 0.439), more positive body image (β = 0.196), and higher sexual satisfaction (β = 0.200).
CONCLUSIONS: Adult survivors of childhood cancer were comparable to healthy peers regarding views of their bodies and psychosexual development, which was unexpected. Independent of whether people experienced cancer or not, their status satisfaction was associated with their relationship status, body image, and sexual satisfaction. Future research should explore why sexual and body problems are identified after adult onset cancer, whereas this seems to be less of a problem in childhood cancer survivors. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Body image in cancer survivors: a systematic review of case-control studies.






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Body image in cancer survivors: a systematic review of case-control studies.

J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Dec 2;

Authors: Lehmann V, Hagedoorn M, Tuinman MA

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PURPOSE: There is common consensus that cancer and its treatment can impair the body, but combined evidence of the previous literature in cancer survivors is missing. Therefore, we reviewed body image in cancer survivors and focused on case-control studies, in order to draw conclusions as to whether body image might be altered due to cancer.
METHODS: Medline, Cinahl, Embase, and PsycInfo were searched and after duplicate extraction, 1932 hits were retrieved and screened for eligibility. Included studies were rated on selection, measurement, and reporting bias.
RESULTS: Twenty-five studies were identified using 19 different scales to measure body image. Ten studies reported a more negative body image in survivors, nine found no differences, three reported mixed findings, and three reported a more positive body image in survivors. Potential bias was common and 16 studies had at least three sources of potential bias. Less-biased studies (i.e., ≤2 sources of bias) hinted to weak differences between survivors and controls, favoring healthy controls. A meta-analysis could not be performed.
CONCLUSIONS: This review was long overdue and indicates a somewhat more negative body image in cancer survivors than healthy controls. However, numerous problems potentially biasing study results have been detected and firm conclusions cannot be drawn.
IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Future studies should recruit larger samples, match samples, and pay attention to how body image is conceptualized and measured in order to draw reliable conclusions as to whether body image is impaired in cancer survivors.

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Distress, problems and referral wish of cancer patients: differences according to relationship status and life phase.






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Distress, problems and referral wish of cancer patients: differences according to relationship status and life phase.

Psychooncology. 2014 Oct 24;

Authors: Tuinman MA, Van Nuenen FM, Hagedoorn M, Hoekstra-Weebers JE

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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine differences in distress, problems and referral wish in cancer patients according to relationship status and life phase.
METHODS: A cross-sectional group of 1340 patients (response = 51%) completed socio-demographic and illness-related questions, and the Dutch version of the Distress Thermometer and Problem List that also assesses desire for additional care (yes, maybe and no). Relationship status was categorized into six groups (married, cohabiting, LAT (=living-apart-together: have a partner but live alone), divorced, widowed or single) and age into young (18-50), middle aged (51-65) and older (65+) cohorts.
RESULTS: Relationship status and life phase were independently related to high distress, referral wish and accordance between the latter two. Single and LAT patients were around two times more likely than married patients to be highly distressed, and wanting additional care. The same was found for younger patients as compared to 65+ patients. Whereas high distress is usually not a strong indication for additional care needs, single, LAT and younger patients most often wanted care when they were highly distressed.
CONCLUSION: Health care professionals who implement distress screening in practice can expect a higher need for additional care in single and LAT patients, but only when they are younger or middle aged. The benefit of having a partner around on a daily basis seems less important in dealing with cancer-related problems when patients are older. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Quality of life and stress response symptoms in long-term and recent spouses of testicular cancer survivors.






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Quality of life and stress response symptoms in long-term and recent spouses of testicular cancer survivors.
Eur J Cancer. 2004 Jul;40(11):1696-703
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Marital and sexual satisfaction in testicular cancer survivors and their spouses.






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Marital and sexual satisfaction in testicular cancer survivors and their spouses.
Support Care Cancer. 2005 Jul;13(7):540-8
Authors: Tuinman MA, Fleer J, Sleijfer DT, Hoekstra HJ, Hoekstra-Weebers JE
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Self-esteem, social support, and mental health in survivors of testicular cancer: a comparison based on relationship status.






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Urol Oncol. 2006 Jul-Aug;24(4):279-86
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The role of meaning in the prediction of psychosocial well-being of testicular cancer survivors.






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The role of meaning in the prediction of psychosocial well-being of testicular cancer survivors.
Qual Life Res. 2006 May;15(4):705-17
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Testicular cancer: a longitudinal pilot study on stress response symptoms and quality of life in couples before and after chemotherapy.






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Testicular cancer: a longitudinal pilot study on stress response symptoms and quality of life in couples before and after chemotherapy.
Support Care Cancer. 2007 Mar;15(3):279-86
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Quality of life of testicular cancer survivors and the relationship with sociodemographics, cancer-related variables, and life events.






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Support Care Cancer. 2006 Mar;14(3):251-9
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Prevalence, changes in and correlates of fatigue in the first year after diagnosis of testicular cancer.






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Prevalence, changes in and correlates of fatigue in the first year after diagnosis of testicular cancer.
Anticancer Res. 2005 Nov-Dec;25(6C):4647-53
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