Perceived positive and negative consequences after surviving cancer and their relation to quality of life

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Castellano-Tejedor, Carmina, Eiroá-Orosa, F., Pérez-Campdepadrós, Marta, Capdevila, Lluís, Sánchez de Toledo, José and Blasco-Blasco, Tomás 2015. Perceived positive and negative consequences after surviving cancer and their relation to quality of life. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. 56 (3), pp. 306-314.
AuthorsCastellano-Tejedor, Carmina, Eiroá-Orosa, F., Pérez-Campdepadrós, Marta, Capdevila, Lluís, Sánchez de Toledo, José and Blasco-Blasco, Tomás
Abstract

Surviving childhood cancer has multiple implications on both physical and psychological
domains of the individual. However, its study and possible effects on health-related quality of
life (HRQoL) outcomes of adolescent survivors has been understudied.
The objective of this study was twofold; to assess positive and negative cancer-related
consequences (psychosocial and physical) in a sample of adolescent cancer survivors and to
explore their relationship with HRQoL outcomes.
Forty-one participants answered two questions about positive and negative consequences in the
aftermath of cancer and filled in the KIDSCREEN-52 self-reported version. Data were analysed
using mixed methods approach.
87.8% of the sample identified positive consequences and 63.4% negative consequences in
survivorship. Four positive categories and five negative categories with regard to cancer-related
consequences were found. Changed perspectives in life narratives seem to be the positive
consequence more related to HRQoL (physical well-being, mood & emotions, autonomy, social
support & peers), followed by useful life experience (physical well-being, autonomy, social
support & peers). Psychological impact was the most referred negative consequence with a
significant detrimental effect on social support and peers HRQoL dimension.
Even if the majority of survivors reported benefit finding in the aftermath of cancer, concomitant
positive and negative consequences have been found. However, findings only reveal a
significant relationship between positive narratives and HRQoL, and negative consequences do
not seem to have a significant influence on overall HRQoL in survivorship.

JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Journal citation56 (3), pp. 306-314
ISSN00365564
Year2015
PublisherWiley
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CC BY-NC
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-NC
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12199
Publication dates
Print06 Feb 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited15 Jun 2015
Accepted06 Feb 2015
FunderUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelon
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Copyright informationThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Perceived positive and negative consequences after surviving cancer and their relation to quality of life. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 56, 306–314, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/sjop.12199. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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