Evaluation of a Breast and Colon Cancer Survivorship Program

Kennon H. McCollum

Felecia G. Wood

Kimberly Auriemma

cancer program development/evaluation, chemotherapy, financial aspects, late effects of cancer treatment, nutritional aspects, patient/public education, quality of life, sexuality/fertility, spiritual aspects, survivorship
CJON 2014, 18(2), 231-236. DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.231-236

This article describes a cancer survivorship program that addressed quality of life (QOL) changes related to chemotherapy. The program focused on adult breast and colon cancer survivors at a community oncology practice in the southeastern United States, and consisted of an educational visit designed to identify and address QOL changes that occurred as a result of chemotherapy. The QOL of Cancer Survivors (QOL-CS) survey administered before and after the visit analyzed QOL metrics, which were combined with program evaluation data to assess physical, psychosocial, social, and spiritual well-being changes that may have occurred as a result of program participation. Differences in QOL-CS scores did not represent statistically significant changes in QOL for program participants. However, program evaluation responses identified perceived changes in QOL as a result of participating in cancer treatment and a subsequent cancer survivorship program, which demonstrated clinical significance for program participants. Physical, psychosocial, social, and spiritual well-being measures were affected by program participation. Improvement in distress related to the initial cancer diagnosis and family distress were the most significant reported changes, and male gender and advanced age were associated with improved psychosocial well-being.

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