Promoting Psychological Health after Cancer Treatment




Presenter: Jennifer Moye, PhD

Moye head shotOverview. This webinar reflects the growing field of cancer survivorship clinical practice and research, and emerging policy standards. It is estimated there are 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Cancer survivors are susceptible to a plethora of complications associated with cancer and its treatment including cancer-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and fears of recurrence.   Long term psychological effects have been variably attributed to social isolation during treatment and closeness to death; these may be exacerbated by pre-existing PTSD, medications (e.g., steroids) and radiation therapy, especially if targeted to the central nervous system. Objectives. Participants will be able to (1) list the prevalence of cancer related PTSD, cancer related worry, and major depressive disorder in cancer survivors, (2) describe the relationship between age and psychosocial distress after cancer treatment, and (3) name two domains in which cancer survivors may describe stress related growth.