Cancer Recurrence Fear Reduced by Novel Psychological Intervention

Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor, June 2017

CHICAGO — Conquer Fear, an experimental psychological intervention, can help decrease the fear of cancer recurrence among cancer survivors, according to study findings presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

In a phase II clinical trial, investigators led by Jane McNeil Beith, MD, PhD, randomly assigned 222 survivors of stage I-III breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or melanoma who reported a high fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) to receive the Conquer Fear intervention (101 patients) or relaxation training (control group, 121 patients).

“The reduction in fear of recurrence in the psychological intervention group was large enough to improve survivors’ psychological and emotional well-being,” Dr Beith, a medical oncologist at the University of Sydney in Australia, said in an ASCO news release. “The majority of participants were young women with breast cancer, but we expect the intervention may be appropriate for other patients who have moderate to high fear of recurrence.”

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