Meeting Abstract

Neglected domains of fears of cancer recurrence research and future directions



Ozakinci G (2016) Neglected domains of fears of cancer recurrence research and future directions. 2016 World Congress of Psycho-oncology, Dublin. Psycho-Oncology, 25 (S3), pp. 82-84.

Threat of cancer recurrence is a top concern for cancer survivors and carers. Research into fears of cancer recurrence (FCR) has been prolific with particular attention to developing assessment tools, conceptualizing theoretical perspectives and developing/testing psychological interventions to reduce the impact of FCR. An IPOS Special Interest Group (FORWARDS) was formed in 2015 to stimulate FCR research and promote international collaboration. This FORWARDS‐hosted symposium with data from qualitative and quantitative approaches aims to highlight the aspects of FCR research that receives less attention in terms of cancer site studied, longitudinal assessment of these fears, and self‐help for coping with these fears. It will showcase the most current and diverse work that is being done in these areas. The first presentation will be on FCR in lung cancer patients – a group that is not studied as much as some other cancer sites. The second presentation will report on the trajectory of these fears over radio therapy treatment. The third presentation will report quantitative data from gynecological and breast cancer survivors and the impact of these fears on fertility issues and quality of life. The final presentation will be on qualitative data on the patients' experiences of online self‐help training for FCR. Overall, attendees at this symposium will gain an in depth understanding of the more neglected areas of FCR research and discussion around what future research should endeavor to uncover.

Psycho-Oncology: Volume 25, Issue S3

Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online14/10/2016
Date accepted by journal01/11/2016
Conference2016 World Congress of Psycho-oncology
Conference locationDublin

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Professor Gozde Ozakinci

Professor Gozde Ozakinci

Professor in Health Psychology, Psychology