Fear of Recurrence as a Predictor of Care Needs for Long-Term Breast Cancer Survivors

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Background: The improved survival rate for breast cancer has increased the number of women living with the diagnosis for more than 5 years. Limited studies have focused on the care needs for long-term healthy survivors of breast cancer. Objective: The aims of this study were to understand the care needs of long-term breast cancer survivors and identify related factors that influence these needs. Methods: A convenience sampling with a correlational study design was used. Women at least 20 years old, who were given a diagnosis of breast cancer at least 5 years, were recruited from 2 hospital clinics in southern Taiwan. A self-administered questionnaire measuring cancer survivors' unmet needs was administered after obtaining informed consent. Binary logistic regression was used to examine variables associated with unmet care needs. Results: Of the 192 women participating, the highest unmet needs related to existential survivorship. The most frequently endorsed unmet need was for an ongoing case manager. Fear of recurrence was associated with 3 aspects including existential survivorship, comprehensive cancer, and quality-of-life unmet needs (odds ratio, 1.14-1.21). Conclusions: Even 5 years after the diagnosis and completion of therapy, women continue to report unmet needs. Evaluating women's fear of recurrence to identify high-risk women with unmet needs is critical to providing quality care. Implication for Practice: Developing appropriate survivorship care programs combined with managing concerns regarding recurrence by a nursing case manager is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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