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J Clin Oncol. 2006 Nov 10;24(32):5132-7.

Psychosocial concerns and interventions for cancer survivors.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA.


In light of the increasing population living with a history of cancer in the United States, it is important to attend to quality of life and health in this group, and to develop effective interventions to address psychosocial and physical concerns across the course of the cancer trajectory. The goals of this article are to document the need for attention to psychosocial domains; offer a brief overview of the current status of the empirical literature on effects of psychosocial interventions with cancer survivors, relying on systematic reviews and meta-analyses conducted in the last decade; highlight recent examples of randomized, controlled psychosocial intervention trials directed toward cancer survivors after the completion of primary medical treatments (ie, the re-entry phase and beyond); and identify directions for application and research.

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