A Pilot Intervention to Address Fear of Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors
Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is pervasive, distressing and undermines quality of life in
cancer survivors. For subgroups of survivors, FCR is implicated in both treatment
non-adherence and medical over-utilization. Although some degree of FCR is nearly universal
among cancer patients, effective psychological interventions have been understudied.
Educational and cognitive approaches that have relied on reassurance may feed into the
anxiety by encouraging experiential avoidance, according to behavioral theories of anxiety.
Mindfulness and values based living approaches teach techniques for reducing experiential
avoidance allowing patients to break this cycle and focus on functional, satisfying lives.
Interventions based on these techniques offer promise for addressing FCR in breast cancer
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Fear of cancer recurrence
Multi-dimensional fear of recurrence measure.
Weeks 0, 6, 10, 30
Laura B. Dunn, MD
University of California, San Francisco
United States: Institutional Review Board
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