Please login (Members) to view content or
(Nonmembers) this article.
No votes yet

Fear of Cancer Recurrence: A Systematic Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials

Dandan Chen
Weijia Sun
Na Liu
Jie Wang
Jingxia Zhao
Yue Zhang
Jinquan Liu
Wei Zhang
ONF 2018, 45(6), 703-712 DOI: 10.1188/18.ONF.703-712

Problem Identification: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is prevalent among people with cancer; therefore, it is important to determine whether interventions offered to this population are effective in alleviating FCR. This review summarizes randomized, controlled trials in the literature about the effect of psychosocial interventions on FCR in people with cancer.

Literature Search: A systematic review of the literature was conducted using PubMed, Web of Science, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library.

Data Evaluation: Extracted data included cancer type, number of participants, intervention type and duration, follow-ups, and primary and secondary outcomes.

Synthesis: 10 studies met inclusion criteria. Types of interventions included mindfulness-based therapy (n = 3), cognitive behavioral therapy (n = 4), psychoeducational interventions (n = 1), gratitude interventions (n = 1), and communication interventions (n = 1).

Implications for Practice: Psychosocial interventions are beneficial for alleviating FCR and positively affect depression, anxiety, and quality of life in people with cancer.

Members Only

Access to this article is restricted. Please login to view the full article.

Not a current ONS Member or journal subscriber?
Join/Renew Membership or