Quality of life among non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivors Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Smith, Sophia Kustas
    • Affiliation: School of Social Work
  • Most of the survivorship research to date has been based on the more common types of cancer (e.g., breast, prostate), yet less is known about the quality of life (QOL) of survivors of adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), the sixth most common cancer in the US with an individual lifetime risk of 1 in 50. Therefore, the purpose of this dissertation is to develop a QOL profile of this heterogeneous group of adult NHL survivors. More specifically, the dissertation aims are to: 1) develop prevalence estimates and identify risk factors for PTSD symptomatology in 886 survivors of adult NHL, with a particular focus on potentially modifiable factors (e.g., social support, cognitive appraisals); 2) evaluate whether PTSD and PTG help to explain the role of risk factors in relating to QOL in NHL survivors, thereby enhancing our understanding of the cancer experience so that processes can be targeted for intervention; and 3) compare and contrast the QOL of individuals who reported having active NHL to those who were disease-free short-term (2-4 years postdiagnosis; STS) and long-term (greater than or equal to 5 years post-diagnosis; LTS) survivors. These aims are consistent with the Cancer Survivorship Research and Quality of Life Act of 2002, federal legislation introduced by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and a bipartisan Congressional group to expand research and quality of life programs for cancer survivors. Finally, given the recent advances in cancer therapies with the associated transition of cancer to a chronic illness with alternating periods of disease and remission, as is increasingly the case with NHL, this dissertation study also provides a window into the diverse needs of cancer survivors in general.
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  • Zimmerman, Sheryl
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