Coping with radiation treatment for gynecologic cancer: Mood and disruption in usual function

Lillian M. Nail, Kathleen B. King, Jean E. Johnson

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    Research on coping with cancer treatment can benefit from the use of outcome measures (emotion and disruption of usual activities) derived from theories of coping. These outcomes were examined in a sample of women (N == 30) receiving external radiation treatment (RT) for gynecologic cancer. The subjects were interviewed during the first, third and last weeks of treatment and monthly for 3 months following the completion of treatment. Level of negative mood (Profile of Mood States) peaked during the last week of RT and decreased over the 3 months following treatment, with the overall level of negative mood being relatively low at all points of measurement. Disruption in usual function (Sickness Impact Profile) remained at about 10% during treatment and gradually decreased to 3% at 3 months after treatment. The number and severity of the side effects of radiation treatment increased from the beginning to the third week of treatment and gradually declined over the post-treatment measures. Severity of side effects was moderately to highly positively correlated with emotion and disruption in function at all points of measurement. However, the strength of the relationships varied over time.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)271-281
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1986

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Reproductive Medicine
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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