Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Psychological Influences of Individuals with Cancer in Remission

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Journal Title

Psychological Studies

Volume

59

Issue

3

First Page

289

Last Page

298

DOI

10.1007/s12646-014-0251-0

Abstract

We conducted a qualitative research study, interviewing 25 cancer survivors regarding their personal constructs of coping and adjustment of having cancer in remission. Two themes emerged from the data. One was that participants spoke of desires to engage each day with a carpe diem attitude. They shared numerous accounts of how life’s brevity became an experienced reality for them, and they wished to capitalize on what life offered daily. Second, the cancer survivors related deliberate alterations of their daily habits. Health became a more paramount concern for these individuals; and eating habits, sun exposure, exercise, and other similar measures were infused into new daily routines. We relate the findings to the broader psychological literature regarding coping, handling anxiety, and integrating physical and psychological health.

Keywords

Cancer, survivorship, quality of life, behavioral health, qualitative research

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