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dc.contributor.authorOzakinci, G.
dc.contributor.authorSwash, B.
dc.contributor.authorHumphris, G.
dc.contributor.authorRogers, S. N.
dc.contributor.authorHulbert-Williams, N. J.
dc.identifier.citationOzakinci , G , Swash , B , Humphris , G , Rogers , S N & Hulbert-Williams , N J 2018 , ' Fear of cancer recurrence in oral and oropharangeal cancer patients : an investigation of the clinical encounter ' , European Journal of Cancer Care , vol. 27 , no. 1 , e12785 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 251071341
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85031327919
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5869-3274/work/37646760
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000423383300072
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-4601-8834/work/64033843
dc.descriptionFunding: British Association of Head and Neck Oncologistsen
dc.description.abstractFear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is common among individuals treated for cancer. Explorations of how this fear is expressed within an oncology setting and responded to are currently lacking. The aim was to investigate how head and neck cancer survivors in follow-up consultations express FCR, investigate how a healthcare professional addresses recurrence fears, and examine how survivors experience this interaction. We recorded the follow-up consultations of those participants who have reported FCR as a concern on the Patient Concerns Inventory. We also conducted a follow-up phone interview with the participants. We analysed the transcripts using thematic analysis. Five men and six women were recruited, aged 55–87 (mean age = 64). Follow-up consultation analyses revealed that the consultant used “normalising FCR,” “reassurance,” and “offer of referral to a counsellor.” Interviews revealed themes around how they coped with FCR, relevance of personal history on FCR, and the impact of feeling gratitude towards the consultant on expression of FCR. Analyses indicate that patients may feel reluctant to raise their FCR with their clinician for fear of appearing “ungrateful” or of damaging a relationship that is held in high esteem. Findings indicate the initiation of FCR with patients can be beneficial for patient support.
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dc.subjectFear of cancer recurrenceen
dc.subjectHead and neck canceren
dc.subjectEmotional regulationen
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectRC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)en
dc.titleFear of cancer recurrence in oral and oropharangeal cancer patients : an investigation of the clinical encounteren
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Health Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Population and Behavioural Science Divisionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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