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Post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic growth in breast cancer patients - A systematic review

Parikh, Darshit, De Ieso, Paolo, Garvey, Gail, Thachil, Thanuja, Ramamoorthi, Ramya, Penniment, Michael and Jayaraj, Ramamoorthi (2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic growth in breast cancer patients - A systematic review. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention,16(2):641-646.

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Title Post-traumatic stress disorder and post-traumatic growth in breast cancer patients - A systematic review
Author Parikh, Darshit
De Ieso, Paolo
Garvey, Gail
Thachil, Thanuja
Ramamoorthi, Ramya
Penniment, Michael
Jayaraj, Ramamoorthi
Journal Name Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1513-7368   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84925386949
Start Page 641
End Page 646
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Thailand
Publisher Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Breast cancer (BC) is potentially a traumatic stressor which may be associated with negative outcomes, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or positive changes, such as post-traumatic growth (PTG). This study aims to identify the core issues of BC related PTSD, PTG and psychological distress by interrogating the literature in BC survivors. We have also highlighted issues related to the assessment, diagnosis and clinical management of PTSD and PTG. The authors systematically reviewed studies published from 1985 to 2014 pertaining to PTSD, psychological distress and PTG in BC survivors with particular attention paid to incidence rates and causative factors. Multiple studies intimated that women with BC have evidence of PTSD at the initial stages of diagnosis, whereas PTG develops once patients undergo treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of PTSD/PTG is paramount from literature review but the previously mentioned relationship between PTSD and PTG in BC patients could not be verified. It is evident from the literature that a small percentage of BC patients experience PTSD, while the majority experience PTG after BC diagnosis and treatment. Future research should include prospective studies focusing on high-risk patients, causative factors and the development of psychological interventions.
Keywords Breast cancer
PTSD
PTG
Psychological status
Quality of life
Psychological distress
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.2.641   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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