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Psychological distress in adult childhood cancer survivors: the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivor Study

Gisela Michel, Cornelia E. Rebholz, Nicolas X. von der Weid, Eva Bergstraesser & Claudia E. Kuehni (2010) for the Swiss Paediatric Oncology Group

Journal of Clinical Oncology. doi:10.1200/JCO.2009.23.4534

This is the first paper of the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivors Study addressing psychological distress in 987 adult childhood cancer survivors in Switzerland who had been diagnosed with cancer under age 16 years and survived for at least 5 years. Overall results were reassuring, with the majority of survivors reporting low levels of distress. However, one fourth of survivors, instead of the expected 10% in the norm population, reported distress to a degree that makes closer observation and potentially counselling worthwhile. Comparisons with psychotherapy patients indicated that survivors’ distress is clinically significant. We conclude that it is desirable to monitor psychological distress in childhood cancer survivors during follow-up care even years after they have been cured. A close collaboration with key workers in the psychosocial area may provide an optimal environment to immediately deal with imminent psychosocial problems. Link: Psychological distress in adult childhood cancer survivors: the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivor Study

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