Author(s): Sanders SL, Bantum EO, Owen JE, Thornton AA, Stanton AL
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: The goal of this study was to characterize the prevalence and intensity of supportive care needs and interest in specific supportive care services among individuals with lung cancer. METHOD: Participants (n=109) were recruited from two medical centers in Southern California to complete questionnaires on physical and psychological functioning following diagnosis of lung cancer. RESULTS: Participants reported the greatest need in the physical and daily living domain, followed by psychological needs, health system and informational needs, and patient care support needs. The most common unmet need was a lack of energy and tiredness (75\%). Higher levels of supportive care needs were associated with worse physical functioning (beta=-0.30, p<0.001), greater symptom bother (beta=0.25, p=0.008), lower satisfaction with health care (beta=-0.24, p=0.002), and higher levels of intrusive thoughts about cancer (beta=0.40, p<0.001). The sample was most interested in receiving additional information about their disease and treatment (61.0\%), exercise-related information and support (54.3\%), and assistance dealing with fatigue (46.7\%). Over 91\% expressed interest in at least one specific supportive care service, and 51.4\% were interested in one or more psychological services. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CANCER SURVIVORS: Our findings suggest that lung cancer survivors have many unmet needs. Patients who report higher physical distress and intrusive stress symptoms, or lower satisfaction with their health care, may experience the highest level of supportive care need and intervention. Copyright 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
This article was published in Psychooncology
and referenced in Journal of Pediatric Neurology and Medicine