Development, implementation and evaluation of a multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation programme : The CANSURVIVOR Project : meeting post-treatment cancer survivors’ needs

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dc.contributor.author Ivers, Mary E.
dc.contributor.author Dooley, Barbara A.
dc.contributor.author Bates, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-04T11:20:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-04T11:20:55Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2888
dc.description.abstract Cancer survivor numbers in Ireland are increasing due to the success of modern treatments. Although most survivors have a good quality of life not all survivors return to 'normal' after treatment. The HSE funded CANSURVIVOR research project has found that many survivors have difficulties and need help to recover and adjust after cancer treatment. Over a number of exploratory studies using interviews, focus groups and a survey of 262 breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer survivors, the researchers found that over 25% of survivors experienced significant difficulties with physical, emotional and social functioning, including symptoms such as insomnia and fatigue, while 33% experienced high levels of anxiety. Of particular concern were the findings that over 50% of survivors were overweight, 35% had reduced their physical activity levels and 13% continued to smoke after cancer, putting them at risk for further health problems. This evidence led to the development of an 8-week multi-disciplinary pilot rehabilitation programme. Significant quality of life improvements were achieved with increases in strength and fitness as well as a reduction in anxiety levels and dietary improvements. The researchers highlight the need for a structured, co-ordinated survivorship service, education of health professionals about survivorship and the provision of high quality information to survivors. This research was led by the School of Psychology at UCD in collaboration with the Physiotherapy and Nutrition departments of St. Vincent's hospital. en
dc.description.sponsorship Other funder en
dc.format.extent 1918551 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Health Services Executive en
dc.relation.isbasedon Ivers, Mary (2008) "The Cansurvivor Project : a positive approach to survivorship, development, implementation and evaluation of a multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial, pilot intervention to meet post-treatment cancer survivors' needs". Unpublished PhD thesis. University College Dublin. en
dc.subject Survivorship en
dc.subject Post-treatment en
dc.subject Cancer en
dc.subject Intervention en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Psycho-oncology en
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer--Patients--Rehabilitation--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer--Patients--Services for--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer--Patients--Psychology en
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer--Patients--Ireland--Social conditions en
dc.title Development, implementation and evaluation of a multidisciplinary cancer rehabilitation programme : The CANSURVIVOR Project : meeting post-treatment cancer survivors’ needs en
dc.title.alternative The CANSURVIVOR Project : meeting post-treatment cancer survivors’ needs en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Ivers|Mary E.|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Dooley|Barbara A.|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Bates|Ursula|aut| en
dc.description.othersponsorship HSE Dublin Mid Leinster en


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